Postgraduate Research at the Department of English

Postgraduate Research

English at Liverpool provides an inspiring setting in which to pursue postgraduate research.

Our world-leading expertise in English and related literature spans all periods from medieval to contemporary, as well as aspects of language study including sociolinguistics, pragmatics, stylistics, philosophy of language, discourse analysis and applied linguistics. We can also supervise doctoral research in creative writing.

Thanks to the University of Liverpool's strong Humanities and Social Sciences base there are many opportunities for cross-disciplinary study with dual supervision by recognised experts.

The Programmes

Students are supervised by two members of staff, with further advice and review from other specialists. We schedule regular, formal review and planning meetings to ensure your research remains on track.

The programme provides comprehensive, customised skills training in fields such as research, presentation, poster preparation, academic networking and career development.  There are normally bursary-funded opportunities to gain mentored academic experience.

Resources for postgraduate research are exceptional. Students can access unique collections and archives in our library, as well as materials held by partners such as National Museums and Galleries Merseyside.

An annual postgraduate conference, eminent visiting speakers, seminar series and our staff-student liaison committee foster a sense of community and enable doctoral students from across the University to interact.

There are University-run scholarship and fee waiver opportunities available and students can also secure funding from schemes such as the AHRC Block Grant Partnership.