48 months
19250 EUR/year
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The Department of English supervises research degrees in a broad range of areas, from classical literature to contemporary writing and theory. The English programme of the Queen Mary University of London has particular expertise in enabling students to locate their chosen topic of literary research within an interdisciplinary framework.


About the programme

All doctoral candidates within the English programme of the Queen Mary University of London benefit from a system of co-supervision, meaning that you will be offered the advice and input of two supervisors, one of whom may take the lead in guiding your research. We are also able to arrange co-supervision  English and in collaboration with staff from other departments at Queen Mary. All members of the Department of English are established scholars in their fields, and many have achieved international standing and repute.

As well as working closely on a one-to-one level with leading academic researchers, reading for a PhD at Queen Mary will involve you in the wider intellectual community of the Department. Of particular note is the long-running Queen Mary Research Seminar, a fortnightly event that is convened and chaired by doctoral students and hosts speakers from Queen Mary, as well as from UK and international universities. In addition, members of the Department organise and participate in a host of reading groups and seminars both in the College and across London. For further information about postgraduate life in the Department of English, visit our Graduate Life at Queen Mary pages; find out about seminars and reading groups in the Research area of our website.

All those studying full-time for a PhD will be expected to submit within four years. Recent PhD graduates in English from Queen Mary have successfully entered a variety of employment areas, and many now have prestigious posts at universities in the UK and overseas.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Modern and Contemporary
  • Eighteenth Century Studies and Romanticism
  • Postcolonial Studies and World Literature
  • Early Modern Studies
  • Nineteenth Century Studies
  • Postcolonial and World Literature Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are normally expected to hold a good undergraduate degree (a solid 2.1 or above) and a master’s degree (with an average of 65 or above in the dissertation,  and at least one elements of distinction, either in coursework or in the dissertation) in a fields related to your proposed area of PhD research.
  • All candidates should ensure they have graduated, or are about to graduate, from an internationally recognised MA programme, achieving at least one element at distinction level relevant to their proposed field of research, and be able to show a certificate of proficiency in English at the standard required by Queen Mary.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19250 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • For national students: to be determined

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 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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