Why study for a PhD at Leicester?

The University of Leicester's School of English is a major centre for research.

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Overview

The school offers expert supervision, by nationally and internationally known scholars and critics, across the full range of literature from the medieval period to the present day, including modern literary theory, editorial and bibliographical studies, and literary biography, as well as major authors and various topics in the historical contexts of literature.  We also offer a PhD in Creative Writing and provide supervision in a number of areas of language study including Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

The School's integrated arrangements for supervision, training, and academic seminars combine with a strong staff profile to provide an excellent environment for research and learning.

Assessment for the degrees of PhD and MPhil is by thesis and final oral examination.

Registration

The School has many part-time postgraduate students as well as full-time ones working both for research degrees and for the MAs.

The School of Arts can provide supervision for individual research projects (full-time or part-time) in most periods of English literature and some aspects of American literature.

Please note, you are not constrained by these specific research interests or topics.

All new postgraduate students undertake a course in Bibliography and Research Methods in their first term of registration.

Periods of registration

DegreeMinimumMaximum
PhD Full-time 2 years 4 years
PhD Part-time 4 years 7 years
MPhil Full-time 1 year 2 years
MPhil Part-time 2 years 4 years

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