Royal Holloway is the lead member of the TECHNE London and South-East Doctoral Research Consortium, which offer doctoral and masters awards for those commencing study in September. Students wishing to study in the Department of English will be able to apply to TECHNE for a doctoral award by submitting an application to the department. Please see the TECHNE Applications and Funding page for further information on the application procedure for TECHNE funding as well as other College studentships.
We welcome postgraduate applications from students who have or are about to obtain an MA in an appropriate subject, but candidates with degrees in other subjects or with relevant publications will be considered. We usually expect students to have achieved at least a 2:1 or equivalent in their first degree.
Overseas applicants should have a degree of equivalent standard and must possess an excellent level of competence in spoken and written English. (Required IELTS scores are 7 overall with 7 in writing, and no remaining subscore to be below 5.5 if the applicant requires a student visa.)
Students are initially registered for an MPhil degree and transfer to PhD on satisfactory completion of the upgrade process. Full-time PhD students are expected to complete their degree in three years (with a fourth and final year for writing up). Part-timers have twice the time to complete their degree.
We recommend that you first consult the staff research pages and look through the research profiles of our academic staff involved in supervision. It is worth determining whether your research interests resonate with any of the specific areas of interests outlined and, if so, to emphasise this in your application.
You may consider sending a preliminary research proposal to a potential supervisor ahead of completing your formal application. In addition to this preliminary proposal, you may, if you plan to do a practice-based PhD, also choose to send a writing sample. Sending out material in this manner will offer you a sense of whether your proposed area of research matches the specific expertise and interests of any potential supervisor(s) with whom you might like to work. Alternatively, should you decide to go straight into the formal application procedure, your proposal will be circulated to all potential supervisors for consideration. Cross-departmental supervision is available for viable interdisciplinary projects.
Although there is no set model for how to put together your research proposal, the following is a basic outline of what you might include:
- Research questions and contribution to knowledge;
- Background to research, including key literature;
- How the proposal relates to this context;
- Methods and approaches used;
- Draft timetable;
- Indicative bibliography.
Applications Procedure for PhD in English Literature
Please visit our TECHNE Applications and Funding page for information on the applications procedure for PhD in English Literature.
AHRC Studentships and College Studentships
Those intending to study for a PhD in the Department of English are able to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships and for College Studentships. Please visit our TECHNE Applications and Funding page for more information on how to apply. College studentships are allocated to the strongest unsuccessful TECHNE applicants, as defined through our ranking system. Funding for non-EU overseas students is limited to a very small number of fee waivers allocated by the Faculty. There are currently no maintenance funds available for non-EU overseas students. Please note that the departmental deadline for TECHNE applications is midnight on Friday 13 January 2017 (ahead of the main TECHNE deadline at the end of the month).
Please direct any further enquiries about Postgraduate Research in the Department of English to the Director of Graduate Studies Dr Will Montgomery.
The College offers a full platform of generic skills training through the Postgraduate Research Student pages. There is also full Practice-Based PhD Programme run by the Faculty.
The English Department runs a series of Research skills seminars. Relevant training sessions run by other departments and instituitons such as the Institute for English Studies will be advertised.
The faculty runs a series of interdisciplinary seminars, workshops and lectures for practice-based students.
Advice and pastoral support is initially by your supervisor (advice on the content and direction of your PhD), your advisor or relevant Director of Graduate Studies (pastoral matters), or the departmental administrator (admin queries), and also by various facilities in the college.
See also our page with Information for Current Students in Postgraduate Research for full information on training and support provided.
Click here for details of our current postgraduate research students:
Books by recent PhD students