University of Nottingham Malaysia

English MPhil/PhD programmes


Fact file

Qualification: MPhil / PhD
Fees: Malaysian – RM35,700 per year, Non-Malaysian – RM41,900 per year
Mode: MPhil (years): Full-time 1-2, Part-time 2-4 / PhD (years): Full-time 3-4, Part-time 6-8
Intake: February and September
Campus: Malaysia Campus

Course overview

MPhil / PhD routes

PhD students are registered for a minimum of two years and produce a thesis of up to 100,000 words. Progress is assessed annually and failure to pass the annual review will result in termination of the degree, or down-grading to an MPhil.

Students may also pursue an MPhil, resulting in a 60,000 word thesis. The MPhil is usually completed in two years.

Current areas of research

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

  • 19th-century British and American literature
  • creative writing
  • discourse analysis
  • fairy tale
  • gender studies
  • gothic
  • grammer
  • identity
  • language in the classroom
  • Malaysia literature
  • new literatures in english
  • stylistics
  • world englishes

Research training

The School also offers research training seminars and students also have access to training programmes offered by the graduate school. The University also has an early-career researchers’ network which provides peer-support for students.

Exceptional candidates working in areas of research deemed priority areas for the school may also be eligible to partial fee waiver scholarships at the discretion of the Programme Director.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for an MRes/MPhil or PhD in the School of English, please email the Programme Director, Dr Shivani Sivagurunathan, to discuss your research proposal before making a formal application or visit our applications pages to find out how to apply.

Entry requirements

PhD: A good master’s degree (usually merit or higher) plus, an upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in the relevant discipline. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.


A first class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

MPhil : An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in the relevant area. Non-UK qualifications will be accessed against this standard.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements
IELTS:  7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT):  100 (minimum 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements)
PTE (Academic):

76 (with no less than 65 in each element)


Band 5

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.



Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students.



School of English
University of Nottingham Malaysia 
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8005
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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

telephone: +6 03 8924 8000
fax: +6 03 8924 8005

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