Postgraduate Research Opportunities in English

We can offer research supervision for MPhil and PhDs by thesis in most areas of English and American Literatures and Creative Writing. For detailed information on areas of potential supervision, please see the list of our staff pages.

English is part of the vibrant Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences which comprises over 200 academic staff and 300 postgraduate research students. Postgraduate students in the School of Humanities are part of a supportive and research active community, and take part in a wide range of activities that can help them develop the skills needed for a career in academia as well as other related careers. Our students have the opportunity to organise and take part in an annual Postgraduate Research Symposium in Humanities, edit and contribute to a postgraduate journal, take part in a range of outreach and public engagement activities, as well as participating in the School’s research culture.

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How to apply

Please click here for more information on how to apply for an MPhil/PhD in English Literature, American Literatures, and Creative Writing.

For funding opportunities please see the Research Institute for the Humanities website.

For further information please contact Professor Susan Bruce.

Some of our Previous PhD Students

Dr Harriet Earle (completed 2014)

Thesis title: "'America through the looking-glass, lost': Conflict and Traumatic Representation in American Comics since 1975"

Birkbeck College, University of London

Dr Brian Jarvis (completed 1996)

Thesis title: "Postmodern Cartographies: the Geographical Imagination in Contemporary American Culture"

Lecturer in English/American Studies at Loughborough University

Dr Chitra Jayathilake (completed 2015)

Thesis title: "Biopolitics and postcolonial theatre: a comparative study of Anglophone plays in South Africa, India and Sri Lanka"

Senior Lecturer in English at the Department of English, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda (Colombo), Sri Lanka

Dr Katie McGettigan (completed 2014)

Thesis title: "The Material Text and the Literary Marketplace in the Novels of Herman Melville'

Lecturer in American Literature at Royal Holloway

Dr Amber Regis (completed 2010)

Thesis title: "'This loose, drifting material of life': experiments in nineteenth- and twentieth-century life-writing"

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Sheffield

Kristian Shaw

Dr Kristian Shaw (completed 2015)

Thesis title: "'A Unified Scene'? Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary British and American Fiction"

Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lincoln

Joanna Taylor

Dr Joanna Taylor (completed 2016)

Thesis title: "Writing Spaces: the Coleridge family's agoraphobic poetics, 1796-1898"

Research Associate for the Leverhulme Trust-funded Project 'Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities: A Deep Map of the English Lake District' (2015-2018) at Lancaster University