School of English

PhD Supervision Areas


The School has many single and interdisciplinary research projects.


The School of English has particular expertise in and welcomes applications from students wishing to undertake doctoral research in a wide range of areas:

  • Text-editing and literary history from the Anglo-Saxons to the present day (including the Renaissance, the Long Eighteenth Century, Romanticism, the Nineteenth Century, Modernism, the Contemporary)
  • Regional literature and culture (including Irish and Scottish writing)
  • Postcolonial literatures including the literature of British India
  • Individual authors including: Jonathan Swift, Robert Southey, Charles Dickens, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, DH Lawrence, Seán O’Casey, Virginia Woolf, J. M. Coetzee, Ian McEwan, James Joyce, Geoffrey Hill, David Dabydeen, Caryl Phillips, Zadie Smith, Angela Carter
  • Drama of all periods, including drama as performance, playwriting, digital performance, theatre history and historiography, Shakespeare and the Shakespeare Apocrypha, Futurism, modernism, theories of reception, study of audiences, theatrical place and space
  • Modern English language, applied linguistics, literary linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, professional communication, language and gender
  • Historical language study
  • The study of place-names
  • Older Scots literature
  • Old Norse and Viking Studies
  • Health Humanities
  • Creative Writing

Research specialisms in the School of English by language and period


Research specialisms in the School of English by genre or approach


Language and Faith

Language Learning Pedagogy


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School of English

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