A number of our graduates have gone on to undertake successful careers as writers. Other past students are now established as scholars, university lecturers, teachers, publishers, publishers’ editors, journalists, arts administrators, theatre artistic directors, drama advisers, and translators.
Why study PhD Literature at Essex?
Our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at Essex is a unique literary conservatoire that offers talented students the support and confidence to respond both critically and artistically to their academic study. This distinctive environment is possible because we are a community of award-winning writers, film-makers and theatre-makers, as well as leading academic specialists. Our courses span the globe: our expertise is geographical as well as chronological, practical as well as theoretical. At Essex you don’t just study English Literature, you study world literature in English. This breaks down barriers and liberates us to take you on a comparative journey of discovery across literature, screen and stage.
If you are studying within our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, then you will have access to a range of exceptional facilities to enhance your learning and research, including our Lakeside Theatre.
Over the past three decades, our Lakeside Theatre at our Colchester Campus has been established as a major venue, known for a commitment to new writing for the stage. Not only do many professional touring companies bring their productions of new plays here but there has been a wealth of new work produced by our own staff and students.
An essential element of our Lakeside Theatre’s programme has been the opportunity it has given students to write or direct new plays, as well as re-define classics and re-discover neglected masterpieces.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
As a research student at Essex, you’ll work at the heart of our internationally-acknowledged and well-connected research community. We offer world class supervision and training opportunities, and encourage you to engage with other researchers, professionals, practitioners and research users, where possible. Our research is supported by a wide spectrum of UK research councils, EU framework programmes, public-sector organisations and departments, charities, and private-sector industry and businesses. Engagement with these external funders and stakeholders enriches the quality and relevance of your experience and training.
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.Take IELTS test
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For research study within our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, we normally require a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Some applicants may be accepted on the basis of an outstanding Bachelors. A well developed research proposal is also essential.
If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other components, or equivalent.
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