University of Nottingham Malaysia
School of English

School research


Nottingham’s School of English is staffed by vibrant, international academics with a wide range of teaching and research experience. Staff and students work together to investigate a wide range of topics around the use of English in literature and in everyday language. We also investigate how language shapes, and is shaped by, the dynamic environments in which it is used.

The School’s global footprint allows its graduate students to draw on the supervisory expertise of over eighty staff specialising in aspects of English studies across the three campuses, and to spend time in the UK and China. They also enjoy access to dedicated funds to cover research costs and attend local and international conferences.

Research interests

We encourage applications in any topic related to English Studies. Our current research topics include:

  • Malaysian and Singaporean Literature in English
  • Literature and Performance
  • New Media in Contemporary Poetry
  • Women's Literature
  • Creative Writing Theory and Practice 
  • Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • Contemplative Pedagogy in English Studies and Creative Writing
  • Postcolonial Literature 
  • Literature of the Indian Diaspora   
  • Shakespeare Studies
  • Early Modern Drama
  • Political Fiction 
  • Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
  • Literary Appropriation 
  • Language, Gender and Sexuality
  • Media Discourse
  • Language and the Workplace 
  • Language and Identity 
  • Language and Social Inequalities
  • Political Discourse

As well as collaborating with counterparts in the UK and China, the School staff also work closely with colleagues based elsewhere in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, especially specialists in English language and literary, film, TV and cultural studies in the School of Education and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Academic staff

  • Dr Shivani Sivagurunathan (Post-Graduate Programmes Director)

Interested in postgraduate study?

If you are interested in doing an MRes, MPhil or PhD with the School of English, you may want to browse our online prospectus.




School of English

University of Nottingham Malaysia
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

telephone: +603 8924 8000
fax: +603 8924 8001

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