Postgraduate Research in English Literature
As a postgraduate research student in the Department of English Literature at Reading, you will be part of a large and vibrant community. You will work alongside a thriving group of postdoctoral researchers who recently completed their PhDs.
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of English Literature is a dynamic research environment into which graduate students are integrated through seminar series, reading groups and teaching opportunities.
Our academic staff are recognised experts in their fields and we are extremely pleased that, in the latest Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014), out of a 90% staff entry, 77% of our work was ranked as 'internationally excellent', and a quarter as 'world-leading'.
Find out more on our research pages.
We have active collaborations with other departments within the University, for example English Language and Applied Linguistics and History.
WHAT WE OFFER
We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit with your needs. Our PhD is available for study on a full-time basis over 3-4 years and part-time over 4-6 years. Both full-time and part-time variants are available for study in Reading or working away.
Over the course of your PhD you will also be involved in opportunities to communicate your work and network with other researchers, present a seminar, speak at conferences and workshops, and visit or host researchers from elsewhere.
In the first two years of your degree course, you will benefit from a programme of relevant postgraduate courses which will be agreed between you and your supervisor/s as well as a programme of transferable skills organised by the Graduate School.
The Graduate School
All postgraduate research students automatically become members of the University-wide Graduate School. The Graduate School provides training, professional development, study space, advice and administrative support in a dedicated building for the postgraduate research community at Reading.
Our PhD students go on to work in academia as postdoctoral researchers, but also quickly find employment in fields such as teaching, advertising and media, or other communications and public relations careers.
'Doing a PhD at Reading, you always have staff and other PhDs to ask questions, learn from and importantly have a bit of a laugh with now and again. I really have felt that no question is a stupid question. My supervisors have been absolutely great throughout my PhD, with regular meetings, useful advice, lots of encouragement, and help with keeping calm when life gets stressful!'
Current PhD student
Research in the department is organised into several research groups, which overlap and interact significantly:
BECKETT AT READING
EARLY MODERN LITERATURE
GRADUATE CENTRE FOR MEDIEVAL STUDIES
INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH INTO THE HUMANITIES AND SCIENCE
MINORITY IDENTITIES: RIGHTS AND REPRESENTATIONS
MODERN LITERARY STUDIES AT READING
POETRY AND POETICS
For further information see: RESEARCH CENTRES AND GROUPS
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'I was worried about fitting family and research life together, but this has been easier since going part-time. I am not naturally very well organised, so that was also a worry. It helps to break things down into small chunks and get those chunks fully sorted, rather than tackling lots at once. Frequent meetings with my supervisor have helped keep me more focussed and definitely stop me drifting aimlessly!'
Mature PhD student with children
Life as a Research Student
The videos below provide an insight into life as a research student from the perspective of some of our current postgraduates.
See what's currently being researched
Find out about campus from current researchers
Find out why our current researchers chose Reading
To find out more about life as a research student at the University of Reading see the University's Graduate School.
Things to do now
- Apply online
- Find out more about our academic staff and their research interests
- Learn more about student life at Reading
- Find out about our research
Ms Marina Krouski
Postgraduate Research Administrator
- +44 (0) 118 378 8631