English (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Research opportunities in English language and English literature are available for either full-time or part-time study, and are offered at all levels, enabling you to be innovative, critical and original. In English language, our 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. Other topics include: The Renaissance and Caroline drama; 19th-century literature and culture; textual editing; children’s literature; American literature; women’s writing; and psychoanalysis. We especially welcome research proposals on regional writers.

In English literature, our research ranges from Renaissance to the present day and staff boast extensive supervision experience in contemporary writing and theory. Along with our libraries and university archives, we offer first-class resources, such as the Dymock Poets Archive and Study Centre, containing manuscripts, first editions and other materials relating to Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Wilfrid Gibson and Eleanor Farjeon.

We maintain close links with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, and sponsors the annual Laurie Lee Memorial Lecture in tribute to this famous Gloucestershire writer. Cheltenham’s vibrant cultural life enriches our research environment. We offer seminars by visiting lecturers, and you’ll be encouraged to attend and participate in research conferences. You’ll be well supported by your supervisory team through regular tutorials, combined with peer-group seminars and discussions.

This research contributes to the subject community Literacy and Critical Studies and the research priority area Being Human: Past, Present and Future.

Training in Research Methods

All students are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support their project and their education as researchers.


  • First-class resources such as the DymockPoets Archive. Staff have a wide range of research interests.
  • Links with Cheltenham Poetry Festivaland The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

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Entry requirements

  • MA by Research: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: a masters degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent


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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.

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Develop your high-level critical thinking, which is of value to a range of employers.
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We are recognised for world-leading and internationally excellent research (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and offer strong links with prestigious festivals and writers.

School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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