Research course

English and Comparative Literary Studies

University of Warwick · English and Comparative Literary Studies

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. You must hold, or be currently studying for, an MA or international equivalent in a relevant discipline, with a predicted or final mark of 65 or above.

If you have not already taken an MA at Warwick, you may be required to take part in the ‘Research Methods’ of the taught MA. This will not be formally assessed but will equip you with d the necessary skills for further research.

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

    • Band C
    • IELTS overall score of 7.5, minimum component scores of two at 6.5/7.0 and the rest at 7.5 or above.

Months of entry


Course content

A PhD serves as a gateway for many opportunities: as preliminary training for an academic career; as an advanced degree that may contribute to a future career in other sectors, such as the creative industries and management; or simply as an exciting and rewarding pursuit in its own right. The degree culminates in a final dissertation of approximately 80,000 words that makes an original contribution to knowledge.

Studying at Warwick means joining a supportive and world-leading network of experts across a broad spectrum of literary, cultural, and theoretical topics.

Our warm and vibrant research community is one of the largest in the UK, with around 80 postgraduates every year. We have an active set of research groups ranging from Feminist Dissent to Critical Environmental Studies. We offer a full calendar of seminars, symposiums and conferences and training in research methods and professionalisation . We also offer funding for postgraduate study and career development support during your time here.

You will study alongside ambitious scholars and researchers at the forefront of their fields. We want you to harness your intellectual ambitions and interests and to bring your own distinct personal experiences and circumstances to bear on your work.

Teaching and learning

As a research student, your closest contact will be with your supervisor, or co-supervisors, who will meet with you regularly to discuss your work. The supervisory relationship is at the heart of your research. Your supervisor(s) are experts in their field, who will guide you throughout your degree and will agree upon a programme of reading, research and writing with you.

You will also be able to seek advice from our Director of Graduate Studies, who oversees our research students; and participate in sessions organised by our PG Professionalisation Officer, who organises seminars on employment in both the academic and non-academic sectors. With your peers, you will have the chance to participate in seminars, conferences, reading groups, and the annual student-organised postgraduate symposium. You will be encouraged to apply for internal funding to support research trips and participation in academic events outside of the University.

Fees and funding

See University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)24 7652 4585