Brunel University London

Course Introduction

About the course

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. Find out more about Research Degrees at Brunel.

A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

Welcoming environment for research students

We welcome practice-based proposals for all kinds of writing that demonstrates originality, a commitment to generic advance or reinvention, and a high standard of artistic accomplishment. We offer our graduates expert support in professional preparation for a literary career and encourage them to begin to establish a publication record.

Brunel also runs the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing which organises research seminars. It also runs the annual 3K Brunel International African Poetry Prize.

Research strengths

English at Brunel has gone from strength to strength over the last decade to the point where it is now regularly ranked in the top ten English departments in the UK in the Guardian league tables.Our particular areas of strength, which include modern and contemporary literature, Shakespeare, Renaissance studies, Victorian literature and culture, and world literature in English.

Contemporary Writing at Brunel University London is a leader in the field. We have a thriving graduate community in the subject, and welcome PhD applications in our particular areas of expertise.

The writers at Brunel are all actively publishing and specialists in many areas of writing including:

all aspects of modern literary fiction

all aspects of contemporary commercial fiction

poetry, including for performance

women's and multicultural writing

horror and thriller writing

all aspects of fantasy fiction

post-colonial fiction

children's/ YA fiction

non-fiction

screenwriting

screen adaptation

comedy writing

writing for radio

writing for opera

autobiographical writing

female genital mutilation in Africa and the UK

the Fusion of creative writing and dramatherapy

creative writing for therapeutic purposes

autobiographical writing

female genital mutilation in Africa and the UK

the fusion of creative writing and dramatherapy

creative writing for therapeutic purposes

Employability

Careers and your future

Paid work available to research students

Undertaking teaching and learning support duties represents an important professional and career development opportunity for postgraduate research students. Brunel offers two levels of paid work available to Postgraduate Research students. The first level post is as a Demonstrator and the second level post is as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Teaching and learning support duties will vary between Departments and research students should not rely on such opportunities being available.

Start Date:

Postgraduate research students are recruited throughout an academic year.. Postgraduate research students are recruited throughout an academic year..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,407 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,407 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £17,355 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,203 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,203 European Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £8,675 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Research statement As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations.
  • International entry requirements: The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Research statement As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations. English language requirements IELTS: 7.5 (min 7W, 7L, 7R, 7S) Pearson: 73 (64 in all subscores) BrunELT: 75% (min 70% in all areas).
  • IELTS score: 7.5