UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

One of the highest-ranking English departments in the UK, UCL English provides excellent opportunities for PhD students to study in the heart of literary London, with access to vast quantities of resources and research materials, and a high number of academic staff working on a diverse range of specialist research topics. There is a full programme of research seminars (at which papers are given by invited speakers and graduate students), a research methods workshops, and career development events. Several students from the department have participated as visiting scholars at Yale as part of the UCL-Yale Collaborative Partnership. Students have automatic access to an incomparable range of archives and libraries, including Senate House Library and the British Library, both of which are nearby.

We offer expertise in a wide range of topics within the field of English literature and language. Some areas in which the department would particularly welcome applications are: Old and Middle English literature and manuscript studies; Relations between English and insular and continental French writings from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries; Post-medieval bibliography and palaeography; History of the book, textual and editorial theory and practice in all periods; Shakespeare studies, including Shakespeare?s London; The literature of the Elizabethan court; Women writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; Classicism in seventeenth and eighteenth-century literary culture; Literature and science in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; Revolutionary Writings in the Romantic period; Homosexuality and literary history; Literature and technology in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century literature; Victorian and Edwardian writings on sexuality and adolescence; Modernism; Contemporary poetry; Postmodern fiction; London in literature/urban literature; English grammar; English language; The history of the English language; Corpus linguistics.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £5,210 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £5,210 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £20,170 Overseas Fees
5 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £2,605 Home Fees
5 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £2,605 European Fees
5 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £10,150 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have an undergraduate degree in English Literature or a related subject is a pre-requisite for this programme, and a UK Master?s degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL) in City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL); 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?merit? in all components; overall mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100