English MPhil/PhD

Major code: ELMR/ELPR


You're welcome to study with us full- or part-time and we'll provide high quality research training, as part of a comprehensive support package. There are regular graduate seminars and we fund research students to give papers at academic conferences in the UK.

Subject Overview

Thanks to our wide-ranging research interests we can offer you real choice when it comes to selecting your thesis topic. Here are a few recent examples of our students' work:-

  • Shakespeare and Yeats’s Plays: Impact, Influence, Intertextuality
  • Paradise Revised: The Formal and Material Revision of Paradise Lost
  • Poetic Diction of the Early Romantic Period
  • The Formation of Emily Bronte’s Imaginary World
  • George Eliot’s Grammar of Being
  • A Critical Study of John Wyndham’s Works
  • Jacques Derrida: An Intellectual Biography
  • Evaluation in Evangelical Sermons: The Rhetorical Functions of Misguided Voices
  • Evidence of Lexical Priming in Spoken Liverpool English

Key Facts

English in the world
We have a strong role to play in the cultural life of the city, and our students can engage in local organisations and communities through reading groups and placements, partly through our links with The Reader Organisation. In 2010-11 the School of English launched a collaborative project with the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. In addition to the experience and practical knowledge this gives to our students, these historic Liverpool theatres are now able to partake of the academic expertise and world-leading research of academics in the School of English.

Why English?

Excellent research and teaching

The School of English has an outstanding international reputation. In the latest Research Assessment Exercises two-thirds of our research activity was in the highest classes of “world leading” or “internationally excellent” with the remainder being classified as “internationally regarded (2008), and we were ranked at the highest achievable level (5**) in 2001. Students will benefit from this strong research-led teaching covering a wide and continuous range of writing which equips students with the critical and communication skills and the capacity for adaptable intelligence which are in demand in all areas of modern life. In the 2010 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 100% of respondents agreed our courses met or exceeded expectations.

Strong Postgraduate community

With over 150 taught and research students from all over the world you will be part of a genuine international community. You will be able to participate in our lively research culture attending regular seminars and lectures by guest speakers as well as our own staff and students. Our graduate students organise successful conferences too, with participants and speakers from home and abroad, most recently Current Research in Speculative Fiction (June 2011), and ‘Crossing the Lines: Affinities Before and After 1900’ (January 2010), which attracted AHRC funding . As a doctoral student you can participate in the optional English Graduate Teaching Programme , which allows doctoral students to get the best of the teaching opportunities available without making significant demands on their time.