University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

English Literature

Our principal areas of research expertise include: medieval English (for example, Old English, Chaucer, Langland, Lollard writing, Reformation writing and medievalist writers such as Tolkien); Early Modern English (for example, Daniel, Donne, Johnson, Marlowe, Middleton, Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton); Restoration, 18th century and the Romantics (for example, Swift, Goldsmith, Johnson, Wordsworth, Pope); 19th and 20th century research (for example, Hardy, Wilde, James, Conrad, Woolf, T. S. Eliot,, Ballard, DeLillo, Coetzee).

Entry requirements

Our requirements for postgraduate research are dependent on the type of programme you are applying for: for MRes and MA by research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2.1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK. If you are applying for a PhD then you will usually also need to hold a good Master's qualification.

Assessment methods

The MA by research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision. The MLitt involves undertaking research on a chosen topic leading to the preparation of a thesis of 60,000 words. The PhD leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study for a PhD on campus or by distance learning.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,680 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,680 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 13,680 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Distance learning (full-time) January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Distance learning January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Distance learning January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Distance learning January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Distance learning January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Distance learning January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,680 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,680 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MLitt Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
MLitt Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
MLitt Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MLitt Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MLitt Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
MLitt Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
MLitt Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
MLitt Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
MLitt Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
MLitt Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
MLitt Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MLitt Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MLitt Full-time January 2017 GBP 13,680 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MLitt Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MLitt Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MLitt Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MLitt Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MLitt Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
MLitt Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
MLitt Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
MLitt Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,680 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,680 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 13,680 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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