Postgraduate research


The EMRC welcomes applications from postgraduate students, either from within or outside the University, to join our PhD programme in any area covered by the collective staff expertise in the Centre. Those applicants who have not studied the early modern period at MA level are encouraged to take the MA in Renaissance Literature and Culture or the MA (Res) in History, specialising in early modern options, before embarking on an early modern PhD.

After the first year of PhD study, there is an opportunity for postgraduates to gain some experience of teaching at undergraduate level in the department of students' chosen discipline, be it English or History. The University's Centre for Staff Development and Training provides support and guidance in preparing postgraduates for teaching.

A dedicated research building with study space and state-of-the-art IT facilities for postgraduates in the Humanities has just been completed. The Faculty of Humanities has a postgraduate School which provides extensive support and training for doctoral students.

Further information about the Graduate School. 

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Miss Melina Aston
Postgraduate Secretary


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See also

  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science
  • Department of History

Student feedback 'The MA provided an ideal bridge for me between an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a PhD in early modern travel writing. Being encouraged to attend the Centre's prestigious Research Seminars, meanwhile, provided an inspiring glimpse of the academic world beyond the classroom'
Colm MacCrossan
(MA student, 2002-2003)


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