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

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 various experiences including useful information on funding, placements and transitioning from undergraduate to PhD.

Applying for PhD funding

Colette Davies, PhD, English Literature


Transitioning from undergraduate to PhD

Gemma Edwards, PhD, Drama and Performance


Doing a PhD as a published author

James Aitcheson, PhD, Creative Writing


Doing a PhD and a placement 

Josh Neal, PhD, Name Studies



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 lower ground floor of the Trent Building for Research students in the School.
For those full-time research students who like to base themselves on campus, office space (with networked PCs), social and communal space, kitchen facilities are provided in space that is accessible only to our Research students.  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