Research course

English Literature

University of Worcester · Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts

Entry requirements

MPhil - First or Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline, or have appropriate research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement. PhD A Postgraduate Masters Degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed programme of study or First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline or the applicant has appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement. An applicant holding qualifications other than those specified above shall be considered on his or her merits. Evidence of ability and background knowledge must be provided in relation to the proposed topic and research degree. Any applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English must reach a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a score of 7 in writing (or equivalent in an approved test in English) or otherwise demonstrate that they have an adequate command of both written and spoken English before starting a programme.

MPhil, MPhil/PhD, PhD

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in English Literature and Language.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in recent years. We aim to produce research that is distinctive, socially and culturally relevant, and that influences national agendas. We continually strive to develop new areas of research excellence while, in certain areas, our work has already been acknowledged as world-leading.

As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment. You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and to take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme. This will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree while enhancing the skills you will need in any future career.

Department specialisms

20th century American poetry; literary theory; literature and the environment; Shakespeare performed, edited, filmed, recycled; European and Romanian Shakespeare; Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama Contemporary and 20th Century Literature; Women’s Writing; Postcolonial Writing; Feminist and Postcolonial Literary Theory; Language Studies; Gender and Popular Fiction; Expertise: political philosophy and rhetoric in eighteenth-century literature; the poetry of the period 1650-1750; Daniel Defoe; environmentalism; eco-criticism; cultural identity; Contemporary American Culture and Fiction; Children’s literature

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months
part time
70 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Prof Jean Webb
01905 85 5459