Research course


University of Sussex · School of English

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in a literary subject or another discipline relevant to your chosen area of research.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in English
  • MPhil in English

The English faculty encompasses research strengths and interests that span most periods of English literature and contemporary critical theory.

Particular areas of expertise include Renaissance writing; culture and ideology; the novel from the 18th century to the present; romantic, Victorian and modern poetry; and all aspects of modernism and postmodernism.

There is a strong commitment to the interdisciplinary study of literature in its historical and discursive context in relation to philosophy, history of art and the history of ideas; to postcolonial and feminist criticism; to gay and blesbian criticism; and to recent developments in psychoanalytic, Marxist, post-structuralist and ‘new historicist’ criticism.

Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

Recent and current thesis titles

Gossip: gender and genre from Pepys to Woolf

Law and form: Joyce, Beckett and philosophy

More intimate than violence: rape, representation and the civic bond

Shakespeare and cyberspace

Temporality in modernist literature

The body in sickness in England 1558-1640

Thomas Hardy’s relations with contemporary readers

TS Eliot, mass culture and the music hall

Virginia Woolf’s essays: a woman writer’s production of literary history

Waking nightmares: a critical study of Ian McEwan’s novels

Department specialisms

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Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
36-72 months


full time
12-36 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678468