Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

English and Humanities

The Department of English and Humanities offers committed, enthusiastic and dynamic research-based teaching, with a constantly evolving curriculum sensitive to developments in contemporary culture. We actively foster the creation of a lively graduate intellectual community and our students' professional development. A large number of our recent PhD graduates have successfully obtained permanent academic posts in leading universities in Britain, the United States and other countries. We welcome applications for research in all areas of English, cultural studies and related areas, including: Old English, Old Norse, medieval literature and culture, the Renaissance and early modern periods, the Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian studies, the modern and contemporary periods, literary and cultural theory, gender studies, theatre studies, poetics and creative writing (including practice-based research).

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree and preferably an MA in literary, historical or other disciplines of cultural studies. Prior to interview you will need to submit a research proposal of 2000 words. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

We welcome applications for research in all areas of English, cultural studies and related areas, including: Old English, Old Norse, medieval literature and culture, the Renaissance and early modern periods, the Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian studies, the modern and contemporary periods, literary and cultural theory, gender studies, theatre studies, poetics and creative writing (including practice-based research).

Assessment methods

The MPhil thesis is not more than 60,000 words; the PhD thesis is not more than 100,000 words. Both the MPhil and the PhD are assessed by a viva voce examination. The thesis requirements for a practice-based project vary according to the nature of the research and can be discussed with the admissions tutors.

Sponsorship information

Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. We offer a range of funding opportunities for 2017-2018 entry.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,475 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (EU) 5 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (England) 5 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 5 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 5 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Scotland) 5 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Wales) 5 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 - 5 years
PhD Full-time January 2018 - 3 years
PhD Part-time January 2018 - 5 years
PhD Full-time April 2018 - 3 years
PhD Part-time April 2018 - 5 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,475 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2017 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time October 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Full-time January 2018 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time January 2018 - 3 years
MPhil Full-time April 2018 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time April 2018 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of English and Humanities
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8374