Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.

Months of entry

January, September, July, May

Course content

Expert supervision across the full range of literature from the medieval period to the present day. This includes modern literary theory, editorial and bibliographical studies, and literary biography, also some areas of language study. The department contributes widely to the interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Centre and the Centre for Medieval Studies.

We offer PhD and MPhil supervision in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:

Department specialisms

All aspects of English literature from the medieval period to the present day.

Information for international students

International students may be sponsored from sources such as the Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme. English language requirements are as indicated in the university's Postgraduate Prospectus.

Fees and funding

External sources, AHRC, university and scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-42 months
part time
72-78 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Philip Shaw
0116 252 2634 / 0116 252 3943
0116 252 2065