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What will I learn?

Programme description

Our English and American Studies PhD programme offers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth piece of research in the area that most interests you.

Manchester has a strong tradition in research, and our current profile includes both traditional areas of research and new fields and methods.

Research in English and American Studies is conducted across both the chronological span and the theoretical range of the subject. Specific areas of international research excellence include:

  • Old and Middle English
  • Renaissance literature
  • Romanticism
  • Victorian literature and culture
  • Contemporary literature
  • Modern Irish and Scottish studies
  • American studies
  • Post-colonial and world literatures
  • Cultural theory.

Teaching and learning

We offer a very wide range of supervision to our postgraduate researchers thanks to the diverse expertise of our academic staff.

We also have a strong record of success in joint supervision, where a PhD student works with two supervisors who have complementary specialist fields.

Coursework and assessment

PhD students have regular one-to-one meetings with a specialist supervisor and twice yearly meetings with a research panel.

Completing a doctoral programme in the Department of English, American Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Manchester opens up a number of different career paths: Former doctoral students have secured academic positions, both nationally and internationally, teaching and researching at Royal Holloway University of London, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Bangor, Liverpool Hope University, Instabul Sehir University, Salford University, Birmingham City University, Cardiff University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield, the University of Kent, and the University of Amsterdam.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£19,500.00 (US$ 26,839) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,

Manchester,

M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students require Bachelors (Honours) degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a related subject; and a UK Master's degree with an overall average of 65% or higher, with a minimum of 65% in the dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or its international equivalent) in a related subject. Any strong relevant professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis. Students whose first language is not English require one of the following: an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component, or a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test or 100 internet-based test, or a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component, or an overall Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III grade of Merit with Merit in the writing component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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