University of Leeds

University of Leeds


The programme offers supervision for research degrees in all areas of English literature and culture, including English language and theatre studies; students have access to interdisciplinary research supervision in history, modern languages and humanities, together with collaboration with other subjects, music and politics.

Entry requirements

A research proposal; approximately 1000-2000 words; describe the scope of the project, and explain how students came to be interested in this topic, indicate reading students have done in the field, and how their work could make an original contribution; a sample of written work, recent and relevant to the proposed area of study; no longer than around 4,000 words, can be an essay, article, or an excerpt from an MA thesis; 2 references; academic references are preferred to personal references; referees' contact details and their e-mail addresses to be included on the application form, or references can be sent with the application in signed, sealed envelopes; transcripts; if students have completed their BA or MA, please send transcripts of the degree.

Course modules

Subject areas include: Medieval English literature; early modern literature including Shakespeare, 18th-century literature, romantic literature, Victorian literature, modern British literature, contemporary British literature, American literature and culture, commonwealth and postcolonial literature, English language, theatre studies.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a thesis of around 300 pages and an oral examination. There is no required course-work except research methods. The period of study is a minimum of three and a maximum of four years full-time, or minimum of five years and maximum of seven for part-time.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years
MA (Res) Full-time - 1 years
MA (Res) Part-time - 2 years
MPhil Full-time - 2 years
MPhil Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

School of English - Research Postgraduate
Telephone number: 
0113 343 5378