Research course


University of Plymouth · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or first-class honours degree from a UK university or equivalent, or a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to a degree.

Other qualifications/experience that demonstrate that you can meet the challenges and demands of the programme are also considered.

You are also required to submit a research proposal.

Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through Ecctis, which provides an advisory service.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to explore a literary topic you’re passionate about, with the potential to advance into PhD study and an academic career? Join a vibrant, growing research community and acquire the skills necessary to carry out your own extended project. This programme provides expert guidance and individual supervision from staff specialising in a range of critical fields, from the 17th century to the present day.

Key features:

  • Pursue your own specific research interests in English with the guidance of an individual supervisor.
  • Acquire a sophisticated range of subject-specific and interdisciplinary research skills.
  • Enjoy full access to the University’s library and electronic resources.
  • Benefit from adaptable study routes, allowing you to find a means of studying that fits around your other commitments.
  • Draw on staff expertise in a wealth of diverse areas, from the early modern period to contemporary literature.
  • Broaden your knowledge by undertaking interdisciplinary work across traditional subject boundaries.
  • Progress from your undergraduate studies on a route that prepares you to become a researcher or do a PhD.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 7.

View our English language requirements.

For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in English, please contact our International Office.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • ResM
    full time
    12-18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions