Postgraduate study in English Literature

Postgraduate study in English Literature at the University of Birmingham comprises a range of exciting and focused programmes across both taught and research degrees.

English Literature - Postgraduate study

Our postgraduate programmes have an excellent staff-to-student ratio which enables students to develop their own research with support and guidance via expert, tailored supervision.

The postgraduate and research community in the department is an active one, with conferences, reading groups and events run by the postgraduate students as well as academic staff. Postgraduate students are encouraged to take part in research centres such as the American and Canadian Studies CentreBirmingham Eighteenth Century Centre, Centre for Contemporary Literature and Culture, Centre for Literary Editing and the Materiality of the Text, Centre for Modernist Cultures, Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies, Nineteenth-Century Centre, and the new Digital Cultures Centre, which includes the game studies group, Play/Pause.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in an annual department Graduate Conference for MA/MRes/MPhil/PhD students. This is organised by a graduate student committee who are in charge of curating the theme and call for papers, putting together the programme, and managing a small budget to cater the event. The conference is attended by staff and students.

The Department of English Literature at the University of Birmingham offers a variety of taught and research postgraduate degrees developed to support different student needs.

Taught programmes

Thinking of building on your undergraduate studies, or perhaps preparing for PhD research?

Our programmes offer distinct pathways for those students looking to develop specific research interests; and an open route through the MA in Literature and Culture for those who prefer a broader overview of the subject.

  • Literature and Culture MA (pathways in Medieval Literature, Early Modern Studies, The Long Nineteenth Century, 20th and 21st Century Literature and Popular Fiction, plus an open route)
  • Medieval Studies MA (pathways in Literature, Archaeology, Byzantine Studies, and History)

Additional MA programmes focused on Shakespeare are also offered through our Shakespeare Institute.

Research programmes

Develop cutting-edge research at the University of Birmingham.

At doctoral level we offer full-time and part-time PhD and MA by Research programmes that can be studied on campus or by distance learning. Staff are all experts in their fields and we offer supervision across a broad range of literature and culture studies. As well as being encouraged to contribute to the research life of the department via seminars, conferences, and opportunities for research assistantships, doctoral candidates will be able to apply for postgraduate teaching roles in the department, and to attend research and teaching skills training.

Go to our research pages and staff profiles for details of specific research interests and areas of supervision.

Please follow the link below for information on how to apply.

We also offer research expertise in Shakespeare Studies through our Shakespeare Institute.

All of our postgraduate students become part of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Visit the website to find out more about its vibrant research community and top class facilities, as well as funding and scholarship opportunities.