School of English

Research Degrees in English


Research degree (PhD) students in the School of English are an integral part of a culture in which research of international significance is conducted across the key disciplinary areas of:

  • English Language and Applied Linguistics
  • Medieval studies
  • Literature and Drama from the Early Modern period to the Contemporary
  • Creative Writing

Postgraduate community

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.

Student video profiles 

Our PhD students talk about their experiences

Jemima Matthews, PhD English

Thesis title: Use and Abuse of the Thames 1550-1650

Sam Haddow - PhD English

Thesis title: Playing with the past: The Politics of Historiographic Theatre

Teva Vidal - PhD English

Thesis title: Houses and Domestic Life in the Viking Age and Medieval Period: Material Perspectives from Sagas and Archaeology


Facilities and resources

We are located in the Trent Building, University Park Campus

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.

Library facilities

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.

Computer rooms

Students can access general IT facilities through a number of IS computer rooms/areas conveniently located around the University campuses.


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School of English

Trent Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924