Masters by Research or PhD English (Postgraduate Research)

Library at Francis close hall

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Learn with regular tutorials with supervisors, combined with peer group seminars and discussions. Research opportunities in English Language and English Literature are available for either full-time or part-time study.Develop your research in our libraries and university archives as well as through our links with organisations such as the Dymock Poets Archive. This contains manuscripts, first editions and other materials relating to Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Gibson and Eleanor Farjeon. Scholarly interest in these important regional writers has been rekindled in recent years, and in 1998, we founded the Cyder Press to reprint long out-of-print or little known works by these poets and other writers with regional, literary or period connections.

Cheltenham's vibrant cultural life enriches our research environment. Strengthen your learning through our strong links with the Cheltenham Festival of Literature. We also sponsor the annual Laurie Lee Memorial Lecture in tribute to this famous Gloucestershire writer. Contribute to and attend visiting lectures and seminars across the university. Attend and participate in research conferences.

In English Language, our teaching staff's research expertise covers critical discourse analysis, language variation and change; language and identity; rhetoric, language and ecology; ecolinguistics; sociolinguistics; language and gender; dialectology and new media literacy.In English Literature, our teaching staff's research expertise ranges from the Renaissance to present-time and in particular boasts extensive supervision experience in contemporary writing and theory. Topics include Renaissance and Caroline drama; 19th-century literature and culture; textual editing; children's literature; American literature; women's writing; and psychoanalysis. We welcome research proposals on regional writers.

Entry requirements

  • All research students who have not completed a relevant and recent Masters degree, or other appropriate research methods training, are required to complete two core modules of the Master of Research (MRes).
  • MA by Research/MRes/MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent


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Rob Griffiths - English Lecturer

Staff Profile

Dr. Robin Griffiths

Postgraduate Research Lead for the School of Liberal and Performing Arts

"Robin’s research over the past twenty years has been funded by both the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is primarily concerned with queer debates around national identity, spectatorship and representation."


Undertake disciplinary research with a team of specialist supervisors

Combine your research with another subject. Our system of using a supervisory team, as opposed to an individual supervisor, makes this mode of study particularly appropriate.

Develop your skills with specialist training in research methods

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.

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