English at Hull is friendly, inclusive and supportive, and characterised by the internationally excellent research that informs our postgraduate degree supervision. Our academic staff have expertise in all literary periods, from Old Norse to 21st century literature. We have renowned expertise in medieval literature and medievalism, Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, early modern literature and politics, 19th-century studies (particularly the novel and the visual arts), modern and contemporary literature (particularly poetry and fiction), genre fiction (gothic, crime and science fiction), and creative writing.
We offer two research options for postgraduate students – MRes English (Literature and Creative Writing pathways) or a PhD (English or Creative Writing). You have access to the superb facilities of the newly refurbished Brynmor Jones Library, as well as our Graduate School. PhD students have exclusive use of the library’s Postgraduate Lounge. Research is strongly interdisciplinary and enhanced by the research networks of its centres: the Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. Training in subject-specific research skills and methodologies is provided by the department, on top of the University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme.
Our academic experts welcome applications for postgraduate research across a broad range of topics. Research broadly fits into six key themes:
Research in medieval literature at the University of Hull encompasses a complementary but diverse range of specialisms, ranging from Old Norse to medievalism. .
Given the interdisciplinary nature of all medieval research and the ways in which it is grounded in archival study, colleagues in the medieval cluster have research interests in multiple categories. Specific areas of interest include textual practice and identity; mythology and moralia; and epistemologies of medievalism in film, media and television
The Renaissance and Early Modern cluster has strong research and teaching expertise in Shakespeare; sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama and poetry; literature and politics; Renaissance intertextualities; drama and visual culture; and the literature of ruins.
18th and 19th Century
The eighteenth and nineteenth-century specialists in the Department of English constitute a lively and enterprising research culture at the cutting-edge of international and interdisciplinary scholarship. Research is supported by the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS).
Modern and Contemporary
Research expertise includes work on: D. H. Lawrence; crime fiction; gothic, horror and science fiction; the novel; women's writing; women's suffrage literature; poetry; literature and place; literature and the life cycle (age, youth, children's literature); literature and law; and auto/biography.
Creative writers in the Department of English have expertise in creative non-fiction, crime fiction, the novel, short fiction including flash fiction, and poetry. Research is supported by The Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing, which has hosted many of the world's finest writers such as Hilary Mantel, Christopher Hampton, Edna O'Brien, and Kate Mosse.
The Department of English has research expertise in Critical Discourse Analysis; and teaching expertise in social aspects of language in use: language and power, language and journalism, stylistics. Language experts in the Department of English work across disciplinary boundaries and maintain links with colleagues in other departments, most notably with the School of Modern Languages.
Open for admission in 2017/18
PhD: 4 years (full-time)
/ 7 years (part-time)
MA by Research: 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)
Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)
These fees are for all English research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.
The Postgraduate Training Scheme
It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.