Studyportals placeholder

English Research Degrees, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #801 (QS) , | Online
The School of English is keen to hear from serious researchers interested in pursuing a PhD. Normally we would expect a good MA in a relevant area as an entry requirement, but in certain cases this may not be appropriate. 


The English Research Degrees programme is offered at Birmingham City University. The School of English is keen to hear from serious researchers interested in pursuing a PhD. 

Normally we would expect a good MA in a relevant area as an entry requirement, but in certain cases this may not be appropriate. Our research degree coordinator is Dr Anthony Howe, and you are welcome to contact him with any enquiries. 

PhD applications tend to be taken more seriously where some thought has been given not just to the project, but also to the potential supervisor. There is an initial PhD enquiry form, which will be forwarded to Dr Howe for consideration. 

You’ll notice that it asks you whether you’ve thought about potential supervisors. Blanket applications, which leave this section blank, are often rejected. You may wish to contact one of our members of academic staff to discuss a potential project, and you are encouraged to do this. 

Applications, however, should be sent through official channels, beginning with the initial enquiry form.

We supervise doctoral work in a range of areas within English Studies, primarily:

  • Creative writing
  • English linguistics
  • English literature
  • Drama and theatre studies
The English Research Degrees programme is offered by Birmingham City University.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 42 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • As a full-time English PhD research student you will undertake much of your research on campus using the facilities at the School of English.
  • You will usually spend at least 37 hours per week engaged in research.
  • You will be expected to complete your research and submit your work for examination within 36-43 months.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

    Studyportals Tip: The UK government has confirmed new English-language testing requirements for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • To apply for our English PhD research degree you should have, or expect to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant English literary or linguistic field from a British or overseas university.
  • Exceptional applicants without a Master's degree, but holding a first class Bachelors degree in English, may be considered dependent upon the academic coherence and promise of their research proposal, and its consonance with the academic expertise of the School.
  • We also welcome enquiries from potential PhD researchers without formal academic qualifications but with appropriate levels of professional experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4260 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • PT: £2,130 per year
  • DL: £2,663 per year
  • DL: £7,500 per year

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.


Did you know you can compare your wishlisted programmes with our new Comparison tool?