English Literature, Language and Creative Writing MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time.


Fees per academic year 2013-14

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees
More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

MPhil/PhD supervision draws upon our established areas of research expertise which are:

American literature and culture
Fiction and poetry from the nineteenth century to the present; early and contemporary film; modernism and postmodernism; globalisation (Professor L Anderson; Dr J Annesley; Dr J Beck; Dr S Gillis; Dr A Shail; Dr K. MacLeod).

Children’s literature
From the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries (Professor K Chedgzoy, Dr M Grenby, Professor K Reynolds).

Colonial and postcolonial studies
South Asian, African and Caribbean, and diasporic writing during and after empire; postcolonial theory (Dr J Procter, Dr N Srivastava).

Digital media
Sensor-based interactivity with media; mobile media; user experience and ethnographic study of technology; new media installation and exhibition; public screens; physical computing; exhibition design (Mr J Allen, Professor A Tanaka, Dr A Galani).

Eighteenth-century and Romantic studies
Trans-Atlantic and early American literature; women’s writing; eighteenth-century and Romantic fiction, especially Austen, Blake and Scott; political writing of the 1790s; children’s literature; second-generation Romanticism, especially Shelley (Dr S Haggarty; Dr M Rossington, Dr M Grenby, Dr K Davies, Dr M O’Halloran).

Film and television
National and transnational cinemas (Hollywood, British, French, Spanish, Latin American, Middle Eastern and Chinese); stardom; gender; popular genres; the origins of cinema, audiences and documentary film (Dr M Bell,  Dr A Shail, Ms T Gharavi).

European, American and African-American modernisms; haptic modernism; modernism and the archive; Virginia Woolf; First World War Studies; modernism and cinema; modernism and empire (Professor L Anderson, Dr J Annesley, Dr J Beck, Dr A Garrington,  Dr S Gillis, Dr A Shail, Dr K MacLeod, Dr J Procter).

Modern and contemporary British writing
Postwar British fiction; black and British Asian literature; postwar British film; detective fiction; psychoanalysis, memory and trauma theory; Holocaust literature; war and culture (Dr J Procter, Dr M Bell, Dr S Gillis, Dr A Whitehead, Dr J Beck).

Nineteenth-century and Victorian studies
The nineteenth-century novel; British decadence; childhood and children's literature; transatlantic literature and politics; periodical publishing; women's writing; early nineteenth-century poetry; republicanism, radicalism and literature (Dr K Davies, Dr E Dzelzainis, Dr M Grenby, Dr S Haggarty, Dr K MacLeod, Dr M O'Halloran, Professor K Reynolds, Dr M Rossington).

Performance and film
Performance (Professor P Reynolds); film (Ms T Gharavi, Dr M Bell).

(Professor L Anderson, Professor W N Herbert, Professor S O’Brien).

Renaissance and early modern studies
Tudor literature; rhetoric; the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; Civil War writing; forms of life-writing; manuscript studies and the history of the book; women’s writing; literature and colonialism (Professor K Chedzoy, Dr R Connolly, Professor M Pincombe, Professor J Richards).

(Ms T Gharavi, Professor P Reynolds).

(Professor L Anderson, Dr A Crumey, Dr L Fish, Professor J Kay, Dr D Kolliakou; Mrs M Wilkinson).

For more information about staff specialisms please see the School's website.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

Our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School provides training in professional/key skills and research techniques, and hosts postgraduate events.

The School also encourages you to attend and to present papers you have written at its regular postgraduate seminars. International literary and linguistic scholars contribute to our visiting speakers programmes.

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+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in English. PhD applicants also require a master's degree.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers studentships.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year, although specific deadlines for funding may apply. A research proposal or sample composition should be included with your application. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Sherelle Coulson
Programme Administrator
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7199
E-mail: pg.english@ncl.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of English Literature, Language and Creative Writing.