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:
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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