Research course


University of St Andrews · School of English

Entry requirements

A good MLitt/Masters degree or equivalent is normally required for entry to the PhD programme.

Months of entry

November, October, September, August, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The school provides postgraduate supervision in literature of all periods from Old English to the present. Research students in the School are initially admitted under a general research ordinance, and may register for a specific degree after two terms of study and on the recommendation of their supervisor.

The School of English has a dynamic research culture, which involves staff, postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows in attending and organizing international conferences and literary festivals; in undertaking collaborative research and archival projects; as well as in the individual work of scholarly editing and the writing of monographs and works of literature. Our research work is divided into four groups, of which staff are members, and postgraduate students are associate members. These groups have individual budgets, and organize research activities such as reading groups, conferences and the hosting of distinguished visiting scholars and writers.

Department specialisms

Medieval English; Renaissance; Romantics; Scottish Literature; Gender Studies; Literary Theory; Creative Writing; Modern Poetry

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

Top in Scotland, UK ranking: 6, GPA 3.4

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, evidence of English proficiency will be required eg IELTs 8.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
Fees confirmed early 2017
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
01334 462668
01334 462655