Ph.D. On Campus

English Literature

Cardiff University

36 months
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The PhD programme in English Literature from Cardiff University, offers the opportunity for postgraduate students to make an original contribution to knowledge in their chosen field of study and to become part of a thriving, internationally-renowned research community.


Successful applicants will be supervised by academic staff working at the forefront of their fields and leading debate in the ever-changing environments of the discipline.

Doctoral students are encouraged to push beyond the boundaries of critical commonplaces, to think differently and to participate fully in the rich intellectual life of the School. 

As well as working closely with a dedicated supervisor, or supervisors, students are able to develop their projects within the context of a dynamic and well-resourced interdisciplinary research culture.

Programme aims

The culmination of the PhD in English Literature  from Cardiff University is a sustained piece of written work that makes an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in a chosen field of study. 

Successful PhD students are trained in the most sophisticated critical and theoretical practices in preparation for a career in Higher Education or professional employment requiring advanced research skills and subject knowledge at the highest level.

Programme Structure

Research projects

We offer expert supervision across the chronological and theoretical range of the discipline, with particular strengths in the following areas:

  • African American literature
  • book history
  • children’s literature
  • critical and cultural theory
  • cultural history
  • digital humanities
  • editing theory and practice
  • experimental writing
  • film and adaptation
  • gender and sexuality studies
  • gothic
  • historicism (new-Elizabethan, neo-Medieval, neo-Victorian, counter-Romantic)
  • illustration studies
  • literary history
  • literature of the long eighteenth century
  • literature and the environment
  • literature and law
  • literature and science
  • literature and slavery from 1760 to the present
  • manuscript culture
  • medical humanities
  • medieval literary and cultural studies (including medieval afterlives)
  • modern drama
  • modernist literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applications for research degrees should be accompanied by a research proposal of around 1,000 words maximum. This should include a draft title and establish key objectives in terms of the basic research questions you intend to address.
  • The proposal should additionally situate your work in relation to the wider field of existing scholarship; give an initial sense of the original contribution you hope to make and provide an indication of your intended research methodology. A preliminary bibliography of expected key sources should also be appended.
  • In addition to the research proposal, application form and supporting documents, we also require an essay on a literary topic of your choice (around 4,000 words, in English).

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees status is determined during the processing of applications, so we are unable to confirm this in advance or advise on fees status decisions.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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Updated over a year ago

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