We offer high-quality doctoral training to postgraduate students who wish to pursue an MPhil or PhD. As a research student, you’ll work closely with two allocated supervisors who will assist you in planning, executing and presenting your research. We encourage applications in any topic related to English studies.
The School of English offers research opportunities across a variety of topics related to English studies and draws on the resources of Nottingham’s renowned Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics. This is an interdisciplinary research centre devoted to describing and understanding language as it is acquired and used in the real world. Research expertise within the school includes 19th-century literature and post-colonial studies along with American, British, Indian, South-East Asian and Malaysian literatures. Creative writing, grammar, gothic literature, the fairy tale, literary theory, gender, identity, discourse analysis, World Englishes, grammatical analysis, interactional linguistics, sociolinguistics, publishing studies and systemic functional linguistics are also included in the course programme. Please refer to the school website for more details on potential specialisation.
Why choose this programme?
You will cover the range of theoretical approaches making up the contemporary critical terminology of English and English studies. The course will also develop your awareness of practices in language use and their application to various contexts. The course will focus on developing your ability to engage in critical evaluations of current research along with developing your ability to problem-solve in respect of real-world projects and case studies.
Our global footprint allows you to draw on the supervisory expertise of over 80 staff specialising in numerous fields of English studies across our three campuses. Located in the UK, Malaysia and China, students are encouraged to spend a period of time at any or all of our campuses worldwide.
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.