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MPhil/PhD in English Literature, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
London, United Kingdom| Online
The Institute of English Studies (IES) occupies a position at the centre of the academic study of English in the United Kingdom. It is recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for its research activities, and in the provision of resources to the academic community as a whole. A vibrant, interdisciplinary research culture is fostered within the IES, and more broadly within the School of Advanced Study, part of the University of London, which provides a unique configuration of academic resources for postgraduate and postdoctoral research
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The Institute of English Studies provides a unique scholarly community in which to pursue doctoral research. We offer research supervision in a number of literature-related subject areas, ranging from book history to early twentieth century literature. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online

Programme Structure

  • Late nineteenth and early twentieth century literature
  • The literature of the Irish Revival
  • The history of the book
  • The history of authorship and author-publisher relations
  • The history of individual publishing houses
  • The history of literary agencies from the 1880s
  • The history of book and newspaper distribution and selling
  • The history of libraries
  • The history of print illustration
  • Anglo-American modernism
  • Anglo-Irish literature of the twentieth century
  • American literature of the twentieth century
  • Romanticism
  • Reading notes and marginalia 
  • Textual criticism
  • Reception history
  • Literary history 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.  We will consider applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and / or relevant experience.  English is the language of instruction for all programmes offered at the School and applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency. More information about entry requirements. Please note that the Institute requires a minimum number of students to run this Master's programme and reserves the right to withdraw it in the unlikely event that it does not achieve the necessary number of registrations.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    6010 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6010 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Fees 2019-20​:

UK/EU: £6,010 (FT)£3,600 (PT)


Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 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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