We encourage PhD applications across a wide range of concerns with poetry and poetic practice, and in particular aim to develop the field of contemporary innovative poetries. If you are thinking of working in this area, you are welcome to contact us. Postgraduates are located in the 5* School of English and Humanities, where there is a strong research ethos. Doctoral students here number around a hundred. Practice-led work is welcomed: students may obtain a PhD through submission of a portfolio of creative work accompanied by a critical commentary. Interdisciplinary work is welcomed, and often where required joint supervisions will be arranged across Schools, including staff working in Visual Media, for example, or in the School of Languages. We are close to the British Library, and to other archives such as the University College Small Press and Little Magazines collection.
Staff supervising doctorates in the field of twentieth-century and contemporary poetry include Steve Willey, Peter Fifield, Joanne Winning, Martin Eve and Esther Leslie. There are also opportunities in the School to study poetry from earlier periods.
Current doctoral topics include: the relationship between the epistolary form in contemporary poetry and the use of letters in therapeutic contexts; the poetry and poetics of the British poet and political activist, Anna Mendelssohn; and Hansjörg Mayer & the Typoetical Revolution (1958-1970).