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PhD Programmes

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.

World-leading research

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.

Find out more on our Collaborations and Networks page

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.

Conferences

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.

Training

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.

Careers

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.

PhD programmes: detailed offer information

'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!'

Nicola Thorn

Current PhD student

RESEARCH GROUPS

Research in the department is organised into several research groups, which overlap and interact significantly:

BECKETT AT READING

BOOK HISTORY

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

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

Find out more about:

Research publications

Research projects

Meet the Team

'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!'

Julia Abery

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

Graduate School

To find out more about life as a research student at the University of Reading see the University's Graduate School.

 

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Ms Luisa Ciampi

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