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The PhD programme in English Literature at Cardiff offers the opportunity to pursue doctoral research in a range of canonical and newly-emergent areas of study, from a focus on traditional authors and periods to more recent developments in the fields of cultural theory, gender criticism, eco-theory and digital humanities.

We offer a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:

  • Old English and Old Norse studies
  • Robin Hood Studies
  • Chaucer and Medieval Literature
  • Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
  • Literature and Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century
  • The Gothic
  • Romanticism
  • Jane Austen
  • Victorian Literature
  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • African American Literature
  • Irish Literature
  • Welsh Literature written in English
  • Women's Writing
  • Literature, Gender and Sexuality
  • Literature and Slavery
  • Crime Fiction
  • Literature and Law
  • Literature and Visual Cultures
  • Editing and Adaptation
  • The History of the Book

Nodau'r rhaglen

To offer knowledge and expertise to take you on to a role in Higher Education, or employment requiring high-level skills in research or advanced subject knowledge.

Nodweddion unigryw

  • A highly successful programme with a flourishing postgraduate community
  • A dynamic interdisciplinary research culture with a variety of seminar series running throughout the academic year
  • A wide range of research training opportunities, including a thesis workshop programme and support for giving papers at conferences
  • PhD students are encouraged to publish.
  • Full-time PhD students are allocated study spaces with computing facilities, networked information and access to email and the internet
  • The School makes funding available each year for PGR students who wish to attend conferences/undertake library or archive visits in order to assist with their PhD studies

Ffeithiau allweddol

Math o astudiaeth Amser llawn, rhan amser
Cymhwyster PhD, MPhil
Hyd amser llawn PhD 3 years, MPhil 1 year
Hyd rhan-amser Opportunities available
Derbyniadau Ionawr, Ebrill, Hydref

Skills developed

The School enables students to develop professional discipline-specific skills, and to share work-in-progress, through its fortnightly English Literature thesis workshop, with more generic training provided via the research programmes run by the Doctoral Academy. At the end of their candidatures, doctoral students at Cardiff have gained the capacity for independent and innovative critical thinking and possess a rich array of transferable skills.

These include:

  • advanced communication in a variety of written and oral contexts
  • sophisticated analysis of a range of complex research materials
  • organization and synthesis of findings
  • assimilation, evaluation and distillation of competing arguments.


The PhD is assessed by submission of a thesis of 80,000 words and a viva voce examination.

The MPhil is assessed by submission of a thesis of 50,000 words and a viva voce examination.

'I’m particularly struck by our communal interest in what goes on at the interface of different traditions, methodologies, theoretical approaches, disciplines and practices. It gives Cardiff a particular entry into cutting-edge research that continually engenders new and interesting questions both for our staff and, through our PhD supervision and our research-led teaching, also for our students at all levels.' (Prof Alison Wray, Director of Research in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy)

The School’s research is recognised internationally for its excellence and was ranked in the top ten for the quality of its English Language and Literature research, including Critical and Cultural Theory and Creative Writing, in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Cardiff University has recently joined the world's top 100 universities for the study of English Language & Literature in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. Read in full here.

Amgylchedd ymchwil

The School takes the training of research students very seriously, providing the facilities and supervisory guidance to help each student flourish intellectually and work productively. The School has a dedicated suite of PhD research rooms with excellent networked IT facilities. Each student has a travel budget and a contribution to photocopying costs, as well as free printing facilities. We regularly check with students what training they need, and ensure that it is provided. Our PhD students can apply to get teaching experience with us, and our unique ‘Learning to Teach’ programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy. The School holds a yearly conference to allow PhD students the opportunity to share work with their peers in a supportive and stimulating multi-disciplinary environment. The Arts and Social Studies Library is well-stocked with books and academic journals in all our subject areas, electronic resources, and specialist collections such as Cardiff Rare Books, a rich collection of over 14,000 items ranging from fifteenth-century incunabula to twentieth-century fine press books.

In a competitive jobs market, our students are encouraged and supported in building up the skills that will make them employable, whatever their career direction. We value the rich experience of our many overseas students, and actively attend to their specific needs in relation to their cultural context of study and the demands of writing elegantly in a second language.

Prosiectau ymchwil

The programme is distinguished by the provision of a number of key engagement platforms for research intended to foster conversation between students at all levels and across disciplines. These engagement platforms and public seminars include: CEIR (Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research), CRECS (Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Seminar), MEMORI (Medieval and Early Modern Research Initiative), Cardiff Poetry Experiment and Cardiff Book Talk.

Additionally, the Cardiff School of English Literature, Communication and Philosophy runs a student-led annual PGR conference for English Literature, Creative Writing, Critical and Cultural Theory and Philosophy, intended to foster interdisciplinary debate and develop individual research and employability skills, all of which we see as key to the success of the PhD programme in English Literature at Cardiff.

A number of our students go on to careers in Higher Education both in the UK and abroad, taking up positions either as full-time lecturers or postdoctoral fellows. Other typical employment destinations are publishing, journalism, public relations, arts administration, teaching, advertising, the civil service, law and the media.


For the full range of funding possibilities on offer, see ourPostgraduate Funding Opportunitiespage.

There are currently no funding opportunities available.

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Suitable for graduates in English Literature and Humanities. A First or upper Second class UKhonours degree, or equivalent is required.

Students who have not completed an MA or a research training methods course normally follow the first two terms of the taught MA while reading for their PhD thesis.

Applications for research degrees should be accompanied by a research proposal (approximately 1000 words). This should include a draft title, rationale (the relevance and value of the research at this time), objectives, research questions and research methods. Applications for English Literature should also include a writing sample of no more than 4,000 words.

For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS overall score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each sub score is essential.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Gofynion Iaith Saesneg

A step by step guide to the application process.

Proses gwneud cais

The University has four entry points for research degrees; 1st October, 1st January, 1st April or 1st July


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