MPhil / PhD

On its MPhil and PhD programmes, the Department of English offers expert supervision by nationally and internationally known scholars, critics, editors, and creative writers.

Supervision can be offered on a wide range of subjects, including:

  • Creative writing
  • English language and linguistics
  • Literature from the Renaissance to the present day
  • Literary theory

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Current PhD students are working on diverse projects, including: 

  • ‘Images of the Witch in Victorian Literature and Culture'
  • ‘Same-Sex Relationships in the Work of Victorian Women Writers'
  • ‘The Historical Novel'
  • ‘Gender and Sexuality in Sarah Waters'
  • ‘The Reworking of Myth in Modern Literature' (creative writing project)

Recently graduated PhD students have written theses on:

  • ‘Gender and Space in Film Adaptations of Shakespeare's Plays'
  • ‘The Fiction and Fictionalising of William Carleton'
  • ‘The Relevance of the Ideology of Separate Spheres in Nineteenth-Century British Travel Literature'
  • ‘Victorian Women Writers and the Magazine Story'
  • ‘Appropriations of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings'