English (Literature, Creative Writing or Linguistics) PhD

Having the chance to contribute to a developing area of scholarship is very exciting.

Louise Squire PhD English Literature

Why Surrey?

As a Surrey postgraduate research student, you will work in the collegial environment of the School of English and Languages. You will have full access to a range of services to support and develop your writing and research skills, including the University’s Researcher Development programme.

At the core of our PhD programmes are the regular meetings that you will have with your supervisors. For us, writing is key to understanding and developing new perspectives: you will be submitting written work from the very start. In the first year, you will – with the guidance and support of your supervisors – lay the foundations of your research by refining your research proposal, engaging with the literature and planning the structure of your work, based on an agreed timetable. Throughout your studies we are committed to thinking about your long-term career as well as your time at the University.

Key to the planning of your work is training in generic skills (for example, giving presentations and managing your time) as well as participation in a module in research methods. You will gradually learn to work more independently as you progress into your second and third years, or the equivalent for part-time students. Your supervisors will guide you on how to present at conferences and the process of getting published.

We particularly welcome topics that cross discipline boundaries.

Programme overview

The School of English and Languages carries out fresh, innovative, world-leading research across the fields of literature, writing and linguistics. With a strong focus on research and writing in international contexts, we provide a network of research links and support for your professional or academic career.

Key research areas include:

English Literature

  • Transnational studies, especially in relation to travel
  • Postmodern literature
  • Victorian studies
  • Medieval and Early Modern writing
  • Sexuality and women’s writing
  • The Gothic
  • Writing and science
  • Shakespeare studies

Creative Writing

  • Historical fiction
  • Experimental poetry
  • Humour
  • Thrillers
  • Women’s writing

Theoretical Linguistics

  • Theoretical morphology
  • The syntax-morphology interface
  • Linguistic gender and categorisation
  • Linguistic typology, including canonical typology
  • Fieldwork-based descriptive linguistics

Applied Linguistics

  • Communication in business settings
  • Diaspora studies
  • Globalisation

Funding

Faculty studentships are available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study. Please see the Faculty studentships webpage for further information.

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Programme facts

Type of programme:

PhD

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 33-48 months
  • Part-time: 45-96 months

Start date:

October, January, April, July

Contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 686 509

english-admissions@surrey.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

A good first degree (a minimum 2.1 or equivalent) and an MA in a relevant topic. In exceptional cases, students with a good first degree will be considered for Creative Writing where there is a substantial or promising creative portfolio. Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, are subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.

English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 7.0 in the Writing component.

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time £3,996 £12,735
Part-time £1,998 £6,368

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Researcher Development Programme

Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

Contact Us

General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

pg-enquiries@surrey.ac.uk

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