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Postgraduate Life

We host a thriving community of around 60 taught and 60 research students working across a wide variety of fields, reflecting the breadth of world-class expertise within our academic staff. We offer taught and research degrees in English literary studies, and in creative writing.

Postgraduates are integrated into the research culture of the Department through events, publishing opportunities, and a comprehensive programme of training and induction.

University student
The balance between coursework, extra-curricular lectures, pursuing publication or conference participation, and socializing has been ideal.

Anna Curry
Former MA student

Events

  • Research Seminars

    Staff and postgraduate research seminars bring us together in an informal environment to discuss the latest research, and to engage with academics from other universities. Postgraduate researchers also participate in various interdisciplinary institutes.

    Students in English Language Class
  • Lecture Series

    Late Summer Lectures is convened by postgraduates, and brings early-career research to a public audience each year, via live lectures and podcasts. Our postgraduate-run Inventions of the Text series is pitched at a more academic audience.

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Research Seminars

Staff and postgraduate research seminars bring us together in an informal environment to discuss the latest research, and to engage with academics from other universities. Postgraduate researchers also participate in various interdisciplinary institutes.

Students in English Language Class

Lecture Series

Late Summer Lectures is convened by postgraduates, and brings early-career research to a public audience each year, via live lectures and podcasts. Our postgraduate-run Inventions of the Text series is pitched at a more academic audience.

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Training Programmes

  • University Programmes

    Training in core research skills, and personal and career development, is available through a central postgraduate programme.

    Students working together
  • Departmental Induction

    Taught MA students receive training in preparation for a research career through their dissertation programme. Our ongoing induction for PhD researchers offers training in skills such as information management, digital, and conference presentation.

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University Programmes

Training in core research skills, and personal and career development, is available through a central postgraduate programme.

Students working together

Departmental Induction

Taught MA students receive training in preparation for a research career through their dissertation programme. Our ongoing induction for PhD researchers offers training in skills such as information management, digital, and conference presentation.

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Publishing Opportunities

  • Postgraduate English

    We host possibly the world's longest-running online journal for early-career English, which is edited by two PhD students each year.

    A word cloud of literary terms
  • Social Media

    PhD researchers and MA students are able to publish articles, reviews, interviews, podcasts and more on our popular blog, and to build skills in research dissemination and impact.

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Postgraduate English

We host possibly the world's longest-running online journal for early-career English, which is edited by two PhD students each year.

A word cloud of literary terms

Social Media

PhD researchers and MA students are able to publish articles, reviews, interviews, podcasts and more on our popular blog, and to build skills in research dissemination and impact.

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Research and Teaching

  • Research Assistantships

    Offer research students the chance to contribute to active research projects. Students are paid £500 to support staff.

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  • Teaching

    The Department may offer research students the chance of some paid teaching experience, usually in their second or third year of research, subject to the approval of supervisors.

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Research Assistantships

Offer research students the chance to contribute to active research projects. Students are paid £500 to support staff.

Incandescent bulb and colourful notes

Teaching

The Department may offer research students the chance of some paid teaching experience, usually in their second or third year of research, subject to the approval of supervisors.

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Postgraduate videos