King's College London

Course Introduction

Overview

King?s is one of the oldest English departments in the country and is home to a lively and supportive group of academics and students engaged in the exploration of literary cultures from the 7th to the 21st centuries. Our PhD students are at the very centre of our research culture and we welcome applications from prospective doctoral students working on any aspect of literary and cultural studies from the medieval to the contemporary, as well as to our unique, practice-led and recently launched PhD in creative writing. Our research is fuelled by our proximity to many of London?s artistic and cultural institutions and staff and students in the Department work in collaboration with our many cultural partners. PhD students in English at King?s have access not only to expert and attentive supervision, but also a full programme of training in addition to the opportunity to teach.

Description

English at King's is characterised by an exceptionally wide range of research activities reflected at all levels of its teaching programme. Academics in the department have cross-period interests in visual and material cultures; literature, medicine and science; gender and sexuality; colonial, postcolonial and transnational cultures; creative writing, life writing and performance; text, history, politics.

All members of staff are actively involved in research: most have gained an international reputation for the quality of their scholarship and are frequently called on to contribute their specialist knowledge to newspapers and other media Staff in the department regularly attract large-scale research grants from the European Research Council, Wellcome Trust, AHRC and Leverhulme Trust.

Joint PhDs - Benefits of collaboration

Exciting opportunities are available to undertake a joint PhD programme either with Hong Kong University (HKU), the National University of Singapore (NUS) or Humboldt in Berlin. There are a number of areas where research expertise at King?s overlaps with our partnerships with these international institutions, enabling excellent supervisory teams for students. The fields of post colonialism, performance studies/drama, modernism, and 18th-19th century literature are especially strong across all our partners, but the full breadth of literary studies can usually be accommodated via our joint programmes. In undertaking a joint degree, students have access to studying in vibrant international contexts, making the research experience a rich and rewarding one.

Start Date:

MPhil two years FT; PhD three years FT..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
5 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £5,550 Home Fees
5 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £20,820 Overseas Fees
5 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £5,550 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree with 1st Class honours in English or a Master of Arts in English with High Merit - 65% or higher in the UK system.
  • International entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree with 1st Class honours in English or a Master of Arts in English with High Merit - 65% or higher in the UK system. Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in reading & writing and 6.0 in listening & speaking; TOEFL iBT: 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing, 23 in reading and 20 in each of the other skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) / Cambridge C1 Advanced: 185 overall; minimum 176 in reading & writing and 169 in listening & speaking; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency: 185 overall; minimum 176 in reading & writing and 169 in listening & speaking; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 69 overall, with a minimum of 62 in reading & writing and 59 in listening & speaking.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100