Research course


University of Lincoln · Lincoln School of Humanities and Heritage

Entry requirements

A relevant Master's degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil/PhD English offers you the opportunity to undertake an intensive study of an aspect of literature in English, and to make an original contribution to scholarly understandings of your chosen subject area.

While the emphasis is on your independent research, you will receive guidance from your team of academic supervisors who have expertise related to your topic. The English staff team at Lincoln can supervise a wide range of subjects, with particular strengths in Romantic and Victorian literature, medieval, early modern, contemporary, Gothic, women's writing, American literature, and ecocriticism. Before you apply, we encourage you to consult the list of our staff's academic interests, to ensure the subject you are interested in can receive expert guidance.

As an MPhil/PhD student, you are encouraged to participate in the School of Humanties and Heritage's lively research culture of research seminars (including the English Research Seminar), as well as postgraduate forums, social events, and training to support the development of your academic skills. Our interdisciplinary culture fosters connections between English and areas including cultural and social history, art history, drama, film and media, and the creative arts.

Department specialisms

Research areas covered within the School include: 21st Century literature 18th to 19th Century literature Life writing Women’s writing 18th to 21st Centuries American literature 19th to 21st Centuries Early modern literature Gothic literature Postcolonial literature Medieval literature

Information for international students

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

For further advice on IELTS and the support available, please contact the International College by email at

Fees and funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    18+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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