PhD, MPhil, MRes On Campus


University of Strathclyde

36 months
14800 GBP/year
4407 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Start date


As a student in the English programme at the University of Strathclyde, you can study an MPhil or an MRes over the course of one year or a PhD over three years.


Creative writing

We've particular expertise in the historical novel, writing for children, radio drama, lyric and ekphrastic poetry (a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art).

The MRes in creative writing is an opportunity to work on an extended project (up to 30,000 words) under the supervision of a successful, published author.

English language & literature

Postgraduates in English language and literature will be supervised by researchers with international reputations in a range of fields, from the Renaissance period to the present day.

Areas of expertise in the English programme at the University of Strathclyde include:

  • 20th and 21st-century popular culture
  • Victorian, Edwardian and Neo-Victorian
  • Renaissance
  • Scottish studies
  • gender and sexuality
  • animal studies
  • life writing
  • periodical/newspaper culture
  • heritage
  • linguistic and cognitive literary studies

Recent and current PhD projects supervised by English Studies include the representation of animals in the illustrated police news; the impact of the discovery of neanderthals on literary culture in the late nineteenth century; the concept of the will in renaissance writing; Alexander Trocchi; Nathaniel Hawthorne; a cognitive approach to spatial patterning in novels; metaphors and L2 learners of English.

Journalism, Media & Communication

We have considerable experience in PhD supervision and welcome new applicants, particularly within our four key areas of research:

  • Gender and Media
  • Political Communications
  • Social Media
  • Media, Health, Wellbeing & Trauma

Recent and current PhD projects supervised by Journalism, Media and Communication studies colleagues include: gender and politics in the Scottish public sphere; fandom, media and gender in Scottish women’s football; transcultural fandom and K-pop; rape discourse on social media; beauty norms in anti-violence campaigns; the history of the feminist anti-violence movement in Scotland; female cannibalism in literature and film; female supporting roles in Hollywood; and the real and mediatised beach body.

Postgraduate students at Strathclyde are part of the Scottish Graduate School in Arts and Humanities, and have been involved in organising postgraduate conferences for the Graduate School.  There have been postgraduate symposia on interdisciplinarity and animal studies, and a postgraduate creative writing workshop in animal studies. 

Colleagues in English are active in researching writing about the experience of travel, from tourism to migration and refuge. This work is part of a critical engagement with how we can revise ideas about heritage in transnational contexts that challenge ‘authentic’ connections to place or memory. Churnjeet Mahn is currently working on monograph analysing queer travel and tourism in contemporary postcolonial writing and is leading a strand of a major AHRC grant on lost memories and experiences of Partition in Punjab.  

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) programme 

As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD). 

This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.

It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:

  • the knowledge & intellectual abilities to conduct your research
  • the personal qualities to succeed in your research & chosen career
  • the standards, requirements & conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
  • working with others & communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences

All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.

Programme Structure

You can study whichever option you'd like in any of our five research areas:

  • Gender Studies
  • Literary Linguistics
  • Literature, Culture & Place
  • Journalism & Creative Writing
  • Renaissance Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts & certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if you're applying as an international student
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 1,500-2,000 words in length, detailing the subject area & topic to be investigated

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14800 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4407 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • Rest of UK - £4,407

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 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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