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The Institute of English Studies (IES) occupies a position at the centre of the academic study of English in the United Kingdom. It is recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for its research activities, and in the provision of resources to the academic community as a whole. A vibrant, interdisciplinary research culture is fostered within the IES, and more broadly within the School of Advanced Study, part of the University of London, which provides a unique configuration of academic resources for postgraduate and postdoctoral research.

Undertaking doctoral research allows you to develop in-depth knowledge, while making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field.

With guidance from our expert supervisors, you'll carry out extensive independent research culminating in a thesis of up to 100,000 words. We offer research supervision in a number of literature-related subject areas, ranging from book history to early twentieth century literature.

This degree presents the opportunity to gain expertise in your area of interest while also honing a range of transferable skills. On completing this course, you'll be well prepared for specialist career paths both within academia and beyond.

Full-time study for the PhD degree entails three or a maximum of four years' independent research, culminating in the writing of a thesis of not more than 100,000 words. Part-time students complete the same programme in five, or a maximum of six years.

After submission of the thesis, you will attend an oral examination conducted by an internal examiner, from the University of London, and an external examiner, normally from another British university.

There is no formal coursework, but you will be expected to participate in a weekly seminar on Work in Progress and to present a paper every year from their second year onwards. In your first year you are required to attend a weekly class on Techniques of Scholarship. You are also encouraged to participate in the regular seminars held at the Institute during the academic year.

Distance Learning

The School of Advanced Study offers students with an appropriate topic and level of local resource the opportunity to undertake a PhD by distance learning. These students are required to attend our London campus at set intervals to complete an intensive research training module, for upgrade, and for the viva but will otherwise study at their own location. This option is available to UK, EU and international students on the same basis as our on-campus PhD programmes (three years full time, six years part time). Fees are the same as for our on-campus PhD programmes. Please note that not all institutes and supervisors offer this option, and that some topics are not appropriate to be studied this way.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MPhil/PhD with the Institute of English Studies.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

£15,500.00 (14,42,326) per year

From

Sep-20

Venue

Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Senate House,

Camden,

London,

WC1E 7HU, England

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees

£15,500.00 (14,42,326) per year

From

Sep-20

Venue

Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Senate House,

Camden,

London,

WC1E 7HU, England

Online/Distance (6 years)

Tuition fees

£9,300.00 (8,65,396) per year

From

Sep-20

Venue

Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Senate House,

Camden,

London,

WC1E 7HU, England

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants for research programmes (MPhil/PhD) are normally required to hold a master’s degree. Applications may also be considered from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements, but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version, 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

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