Institute for Name-Studies
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Through the School of English we provide research and study opportunities for anyone interested in onomastics (the study of names).

We are one of the leading research groups in the field, and you will benefit from our excellent network of contacts and specialist resources.


We welcome applications from people interested in research in:

  • onomastics
  • place-names
  • minor-names and field-names
  • historical linguistics

Find out more about current and previous postgraduate research supported by the INS

Before submitting an application we recommend you discuss your proposal with one of our academic staff. They will be able to advise on writing your application and sources of funding.

Full details of the content and structure of our PhD are on the prospectus:

English PhD

Find out about the facilities and support available to our PhD researchers:

School of English PhD students

We have a strong track record of successfully supervising PhD candidates to completion:

Graduate profiles


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Be part of a thriving community of doctoral students producing world-class research.



As well as a specialist module in name studies, the subject is also taught as a component of various other Masters level modules. Areas of study include: English field-names; place-names in the English landscape; surnames and identities; and the language of English place-names. The University of Nottingham also offers an MA in Viking and Early Medieval English Studies.

See our prospectus for full details of our Masters programmes:


Find out more about the opportunities for Masters students in the School of English:

School of English Masters students


Our English BA course has specialist name-studies modules as well as the subject being embedded in other interdisciplinary modules. The English Place-Names module (Year 3) has produced several former winners of the EPNS’s Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize.

English BA

There are a wealth of opportunities and support for our undergraduate students:

School of English undergraduate students


School of English

The University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD

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