English MRes

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject and are required to submit a sample of written work.
Arts English mres


The MRes English allows you to develop and complete a one year full-time or two year part-time independent research project in English Language and/or Literature, in the context of a structured programme of study. The MRes provides excellent preparation if you’re intending to undertake a PhD in English, but is also a good choice if you wish to pursue a research project for purposes of professional development or personal interest.

Apart from completing a bespoke research skills module you will be working individually with your supervisor(s) throughout, and you will become part of the vibrant research community within the English Department/School of the Arts.

Recent MRes projects have encompassed a broad range of topics, including an investigation of adolescents’ language attitudes towards Liverpool English, a study on code-switching in Spanish-English bilingual children, an analysis of the poet figure in Shelley’s Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude, and an exploration of queer racialised identities in contemporary theory and novels.

Please consult the English Department staff pages to learn more about our members of staff and the topic areas for which we can offer supervision.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with the programme contact if you have any further questions.

Why English?

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 100% of our research environment was classified as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). We ranked 10th in sector for research impact classified as outstanding (4*), and 13th in the sector for the percentage of research overall (covering outputs, impact and environment) classified as world leading(4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

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 through attending regular seminars and lectures by guest speakers as well as our own staff and students. Recent conferences include ‘On Liberties’ at Gladstone's Library, and ‘Renaissance Old Worlds’ in collaboration with the British Library. A legacy from former tutor Miriam Allott has allowed the department to host a vibrant series of international poetry readings, and with its Centre for New and International Writing and Literature and Science Hub, the Department of English continues to attract a range of outstanding, international speakers.