The PhD English programme provides you with academic and professional opportunities to develop as an independent, creative and original scholar who is capable of contributing to knowledge and research at the forefront of the discipline. You will work closely with a supervisory team, whose areas of expertise align with your chosen topic of research. You will benefit from working in a vibrant research environment that provides access to resources and development opportunities such as research seminars, lecture series, visiting scholars and speakers, peer interaction and support, and London’s outstanding research and cultural facilities.
The PhD English aims:
Applicants should normally
If your first language is not English, you will be expected to demonstrate Level 7.5 proficiency in the IELTS English language test.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
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You will initially register as an MPhil/PhD student. After the completion of a minimum period of registration, you will be eligible to submit an application for upgrading to PhD status. Progression to PhD registration is not automatic, but contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a review process. Subject to successful upgrade, your doctoral studies will conclude with the submission of a PhD thesis of 75,000-100,000 words, which makes an original contribution to the field, satisfies peer review and merits publication. You will attend a viva voce examination in front of at least two examiners, at least one of whom will be external to City. For full details about City’s PhD programme structure, please see the Guide for Research Students.
Your progress and training needs are regularly assessed during your studies. During the programme, you will participate in a range of activities, including meetings with supervisors, departmental research seminars, research student seminars, research student meetings, research studies workshops, and national/ international meetings and conferences. In your first year you will be expected to engage with the generic and subject-specific training offered at Graduate School, SASS and departmental levels. In subsequent years you will attend specialist training sessions offered by the Graduate School and the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
The PhD English programme requires substantial commitment. You are ordinarily permitted a maximum of four years to complete the full-time programme and up to seven years to complete the part-time programme. Full-time students are expected to dedicate themselves fully to their research, while part-time students should expect to spend at least the equivalent of two days per week on their research.
Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.
The Government has introduced a new Postgraduate Doctoral Loans scheme which can provide a loan of up to £25,000 over three years to support study for a doctoral degree. A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study and can be used alongside any other forms of support you may be able to receive, for example from industry or business or through your PhD supervisor.
The School of Arts and Social Sciences is offering 7 fully funded doctoral scholarships for 2019 entry.
Each research student has a supervision team composed of at least two research-active members of staff. Your supervisors will direct your research activities, monitor your progress, provide detailed feedback on written work and advise you on your professional development.
You are encouraged to develop your skills in key areas of researcher training. You will agree a training programme annually with the Senior Tutor for Research or your supervisors. In your first year, you will engage with the generic and subject-specific training offered at the Graduate School and at departmental levels. In subsequent years, you will attend specialist training sessions offered by the Graduate School and the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. PhD students who teach benefit from access to specialist training.
City’s Graduate School offers institution-wide research-related activities to contribute to researcher development.
Research students constitute an important and active part of the English Department’s research culture. The Department runs a regular series of interdisciplinary research seminars for all members of staff and research students. The research students in the Department also have an established seminar programme of presenting their work to each other in an informal and supportive atmosphere. Students also benefit from access to London’s world-class research and cultural facilities.
The admission of research students is dependent upon many factors, one of which is the expertise currently available in the Department. Potential applicants should therefore check the current research interests of staff members before making an informal enquiry. If appropriate supervisory expertise is available, potential applicants should initially approach the Department’s Senior Tutor for Research, Dr Minna Vuohelainen (email@example.com) before submitting a formal application.
We accept applications on an ongoing basis for entry normally in September/ October. To apply, you should submit the following documents:
Please note that we will not consider incomplete applications.