The English Department provides an excellent intellectual environment for postgraduate study. The main University library is well stocked with standard texts and critical works, and the National Library of Wales, adjacent to the campus, is one of the UK’s five copyright libraries, holding one of the most extensive collections of books and manuscripts in Europe. As a department that values a research ethos highly, we place great emphasis on the provision of high quality teaching, supervision and facilities for our postgraduate community. We have dedicated a significant level of financial resources to this in terms of both studentships and other resources such as computing and office facilities. As a result, our postgraduate community is dynamic and thriving. It is very pleasing to note that our graduates secure employment in academic and various other professional fields.
We welcome enquiries and proposals for PhD study in all periods of literature in English, from the medieval period to the twenty-first century. The Department's particular strengths include:
C19th and C20th American Literature
Ethnic American Literatures
Creative Writing (Prose and Poetry)
Literary Theory - especially
Sexuality and Queer Studies
Welsh Writing in English
Early Modern and Renaissance Literature
C18th and Augustan Literature
Postcolonial Literature - especially African
The department has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It found that 97% of research assessed was found to be of international standing or higher.
All academic staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing are active scholars and experts in their fields. They are either qualified to PhD level or have commensurate experience. Our Lecturers either hold or are working towards a Higher Education teaching qualification and the majority of academic staff also hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Welsh medium modules available
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
Year 1 Core (40 Credits) Arts Research Students must take the following centrally provided research training modules
In addition to the standard application materials (please seehow to apply), prospective research students must submit a research outline of 1000 words. This should include:
Key research questions to be addressed
Why you are interested in this topic
If you are thinking of submitting a proposal for PhD study to us, the above list is merely indicative. For more specific information, please begin by looking at theresearch interestsof the English Department staff. Under each name you will find a brief list of the broad topic-areas in which that person is able to offer PhD supervision. In outlining your proposal, you should ensure that it has some compatibility with the topic-areas of at least one member of the Department's staff.
Applicants are strongly advised to contact the Department first before constructing their outline proposal. Further information regarding what is required from the research proposal is available in thePhD in Literature Application Procedure
Non-native English speakers are required to take a University recognised test of academic English language proficiency with required minimum proficiency levels equating to an IELTS score of 7.0 or a TOEFL score of 610 (paper based test) or 250 (computer based) with an essay rating of 5.5. Applicants who have successfully undertaken a Bachelors degree in a UK University are exempt from this requirement.
To apply for a research course, please see our How to Apply page