City, University of London

Course Introduction

The PhD English programme provides you with academic and professional opportunities to develop as an independent, creative and original scholar who is capable of contributing to knowledge and research at the forefront of the discipline. You will work closely with a supervisory team, whose areas of expertise align with your chosen topic of research. You will benefit from working in a vibrant research environment that provides access to resources and development opportunities such as research seminars, lecture series, visiting scholars and speakers, peer interaction and support, and London?s outstanding research and cultural facilities.

The PhD English aims: to support students to develop as independent, creative and original scholars who are capable of contributing to discipline-specific knowledge and research; to enable students to take responsibility for their own learning and research output; to provide students with access to resources and development opportunities in a vibrant research environment; to produce scholars who are able to support, collaborate with and lead colleagues using a range of teaching, communication and networking skills to influence scholarly practice in the discipline; to enable students to think critically about literary scholarship to produce innovative research and create new knowledge. After the completion of a minimum period of registration, you will be eligible to submit an application for upgrading to PhD status. Progression to PhD registration is not automatic, but contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a review process. Subject to successful upgrade, your doctoral studies will conclude with the submission of a PhD thesis of 75,000-100,000 words, which makes an original contribution to the field, satisfies peer review and merits publication.

Start Date:

Full-time duration: 2-4 years. Part-time duration: 4-7 years.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,500 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,500 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £12,000 Overseas Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,250 Home Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,250 European Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,000 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants should normally: hold a 2.1 Honours BA qualification or equivalent; hold an MA qualification with Merit or an equivalent qualification; have studied English, Comparative Literature, Theatre and Drama, Film and Media Studies, Creative Writing, Humanities, Publishing or other relevant subject; Non-traditional applicants may be considered if they can demonstrate substantial research experience or evidence of relevant professional experience or publication.
  • International entry requirements: students whose first language is not English, will be expected to demonstrate Level 7.5 proficiency in the IELTS English language test. TOEFL and Cambridge Advanced/ Preliminary tests are not accepted.
  • IELTS score: 7.5