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PhD English Literature

The English Department provides an excellent environment for postgraduate study, research, and creative work. The main University library is well stocked with standard texts and critical works on a very wide range of topics; 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 stimulating research ethos highly, we place great emphasis on the provision of high quality teaching, supervision and facilities for our postgraduate community. As a result, our postgraduate community is dynamic and thriving. It is very pleasing to note that our graduates secure employment in teaching, academia, publishing, and various other professional fields.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements 2:1 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area and Merit performance at Masters level (either complete or in process). Consideration will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a significant body of relevant professional experience in lieu of academic qualifications.

English Language Requirements IELTS 7.5 with minimum 7.5 in each component

Other Requirements Submission of a satisfactory portfolio of existing critical writing. Please note that the above requirements are a minimum for entry, and successful applicants are likely to be able to demonstrate consistent academic performance at the higher levels (i.e. at least high 2.1 / high Merit). Marks transcripts must be provided at the point of application.

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Course Overview

Research Strengths

We welcome enquiries and proposals for PhD study in all periods of literature in English, from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. The Department's particular strengths include:

  • Medieval Literature
  • Restoration and C18th Literature
  • Romantic Literature
  • Victorian Fiction
  • C19th and C20th American Literature
  • Modernism
  • Postmodernism
  • Contemporary Poetry and Fiction
  • Women's Writing
  • Children's Literature
  • Welsh Writing in English
  • Irish Writing
  • Literary Geography
  • Gothic Literature and Ghost Stories
  • Postcolonial Literature (especially African Literature)
  • Ethnic American Literatures
  • Literary Theory (especially Ecocriticism, Gender Studies, Queer Theory, Marxism, New Historicism, Psychoanalysis, Poststructuralism, Postcolonialism)

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.

Our Staff

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.

Modules September start - 2024

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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Principles of Research Design PGM0210 10
Ways of Reading PGM0410 10


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Ways of Working PGM1810 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh