The English Language and Literature (Postgraduate Research) programme offered by the University of Wolverhampton offers a vibrant environment for PhD students, who will have the opportunity to work with enthusiastic, experienced and internationally renowned members of staff. The English team has a well-established and proven track record of research, and research supervision in literature, language, and creative writing, covering areas from medieval drama to 21st-Century fiction.
Recent and current PhD projects include the cognitive non-conscious and the nouveau roman, exploring new ontologies in fiction and video games in the light of augmented reality, the production and consumption of Shakespeare films, translation in the work of Helen Maria Williams, 1789-1827; Zelda Fitzgerald and modernist American women’s writing; and youth and femininity in paranormal romance genre fiction. We also offer a specialist trajectory for literary engagements with the Black Country.
Our PhD students play a key role in our research community and it is our mission to support your development into researchers, academics or whatever career you aspire to. We have a growing, and active postgraduate community, which run their own seminar series. Funding is available to attend conferences and undertake field trips.
The Department prides itself on the levels of support provided to postgraduate research students in the course of their PhD journey: our academics are strongly committed to their subject areas and meet regularly with their supervisees to work closely with them at all stages of the project, from inception to completion, putting their knowledge and experience in service of your research career.
Successful completion of your PhD opens up a range of career opportunities and demonstrates your proven skills as a researcher. In Linguistics, having a PhD is now an essential element for those looking to develop a career in lecturing or research within higher education.
A PhD will also assist in accessing research opportunities within government, commercial and international organisations. As well as demonstration of your research skills, a PhD shows your extensive knowledge of a particular field demonstrated in a rigorous manner, which is attractive to employers.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
Areas of research included:
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
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You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
Applicants for a research degree shall normally hold either:
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages.
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.
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