Our PhD students work in a uniquely wide variety of single and interdisciplinary fields.
Our students join a lively, diverse and truly international body of researchers, in which an exceptionally wide range of specialist interests is combined with a close-knit sense of community. All staff are research active and involved in advanced teaching and supervision.
Research degree students from the School of English talk about their experiences at Nottingham
Research Students' Study Space
The School has dedicated work space on the third floor of the Trent Building for Research students in the School. For those full-time research students who like to base themselves on campus, PCs are provided, and printing/photocopying facilities are available nearby for use throughout the year. Students visiting the campus less regularly are welcome to hot-desk.
The School of English has a common room on the lower ground floor of the Trent Building for our students. This provides flexible work/study space for students throughout the year (from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm) and, with wireless access in the building, students can either bring their laptops or use the PCs provided and work in this social/work study space.
The University of Nottingham has rich library resources in the early and medieval periods, with a large collection of manuscripts from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries and extensive book holdings in Old and Middle English, Old Icelandic, Viking Studies, and runology. To find out more about Manuscripts and Special Collections, click here.
The School is, in addition, home to the English Place-Name Society (EPNS) library and archive.
In English Literature, the University's Hallward Library has an exceptional DH Lawrence archive, containing Lawrence family papers, manuscripts, first editions, and books owned by Lawrence. It has also recently acquired the famous Lazarus collection.
Other internationally renowned collections include the Portland Literary Collection (seventeenth and eighteenth century materials), the Cambridge Drama Collection (a printed collection of over 1,500 items, comprising plays and works about the British theatre from 1750-1850), and a rich collection of 1930s theatre materials.
Additional resources are offered by the locally held Byron collections and the Tennyson Research Centre.
Students can access general IT facilities through a number of IS computer rooms/areas conveniently located around the University campuses.
Opportunities to see the campus, School and all the facilities Nottingham has to offer
The School does not hold an Open Day for Postgraduate Research Students. You are welcome to come and visit Nottingham and should contact Jo Pullen, Postgraduate Administrator (PhD) to arrange your visit.
You are very welcome to attend the Arts Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2nd December. If you are interested in attending then please get in touch with Jo Pullen, Postgraduate Administrator (PhD)
Campus tour video
Virtual open day
The University of Nottingham welcomes you on a virtual open day.