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:

  • Literature from the Renaissance to the present day
  • Literary theory
  • Modern textual editing
  • English language and linguistics, particularly discourse analysis/stylistics, language and the media, corpus linguistics.

Creative writing projects can also be supervised.

For detailed lists of the subjects covered, see the individual profiles on the Staff page, and feel free to make an informal enquiry with a tutor.

For information about how to apply, see ‘Who to Contact'.

Current PhD students are researching:

  • ‘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'