The School of English offers opportunities for some of our research students to teach at undergraduate level. Research students normally apply to be a part-time teacher from their second year of PhD registration onwards.
Average starting salary
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*
In 2016, 94.1% of postgraduates from the School of English who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,333 with the highest being £22,000.**
* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.
** Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career prospects and employability
The School plays an important part in the career progression of its postgraduates, who benefit from a research and mentoring culture which includes:
- opportunities for postgraduates to teach and to develop a teaching profile and teaching-related skills
- postgraduate-led research seminar series and annual conference
- provision of infrastructural support for postgraduate-organised international conferences
- research networks created by the Research Centres, Institute, and individual research projects
- research council-funded international research exchange visits with leading universities
- co-authorship with members of staff
- interdisciplinary research seminars
- postgraduate participation in international conferences/seminars
There are also:
- dedicated staff-postgraduate reading groups such as the Stylistics and discourse Analysis Reading Group and the Vocabulary Research Group
- CRAL research seminars and the Literary Linguistics Research Series
Our postgraduates are extremely successful in securing academic posts and postdoctoral positions, and a significant number of students who completed their PhDs in the last five years are now in full-time academic posts.
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will also benefit from their access to discipline- and stage- specific expertise from dedicated careers staff for the Faculty of Arts in the University’s Careers and Employability Service.
Conducting postgraduate work in the School of English fosters many vital skills and may give you a head start in the job market. Studying at this level allows you to develop qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to employment in a wide range of different fields.
We will help you develop your ability to research and process a large amount of information quickly, and to present the results of your research in an articulate and effective way. A postgraduate degree in English from an institution like the University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.
Our applicants are among the best in the country, and employers expect the best from our graduates.