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PhD Programme

Our Students Say:

The department is large and has many different research strengths, so there's always a lot of reading groups, seminars, and conferences to lure you away from the library, encourage you to think about your research in broader terms, and make the experience of the PhD feel less solitary." Sara Lyons (PhD in English, 2008-12)

Studying for a PhD at Queen Mary

The Department of English supervises research degrees in a broad range of areas, from classical literature to contemporary writing and theory. We have particular expertise in enabling students to locate their chosen topic of literary research within an interdisciplinary framework.

All doctoral candidates within the Department benefit from a system of double-supervision, meaning that you will be offered the advice and input of a primary and a secondary supervisor. We are also able to arrange joint-supervision of dissertations (effectively providing two primary supervisors), both within the Department of 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 weekly event that is convened and chaired by doctoral students. 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.

For details of how to apply to become a PhD student in the Department please see our section on Applying to Queen Mary.For guidance on completing your Research Proposal and gathering references, see our Making an Application page.

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