School of English

Postgraduate Research

The School of English is a research intensive department where postgraduate students are given the opportunity to work with academics who are internationally recognised in their respective fields. As a postgraduate student you will be part of an established and thriving research culture which encourages its students to develop both as academics and as expert researchers. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) the School ranked 10th out of 89 English Departments for Research Intensity (THE) with 74% of our work graded as world-leading or internationally excellent. The School welcomes students from all over the world and with a wide variety of research interests.

Learn more about our research centres.

Staff supervise research in most areas of English and associated study but specialise in the following areas:

  • theory
  • modernism and postmodernism
  • the 19th century
  • women's writing
  • literature and visual arts
  • the enlightenment
  • Shakespeare and the renaissance
  • early modern literature
  • medieval studies
  • American literature
  • postcolonial literature and theory
  • modern poetry

Research programmes

As well as offering research supervision in the areas detailed above the School of English offers several specialist programmes in:


Admissions information

Tel: +44 (0)1227 827272

Entry requirements: A First or Second Class Honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent).

Further information

David Ayers
PhD Director
School of English
University of Kent at Canterbury
Kent, CT2 7NX
UK. Tel 01227 823454

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School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 823054

Last Updated: 16/12/2015