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English and Humanities (MPhil / PhD)

Programme status: Fully Approved

The Department of English and Humanities offers committed, enthusiastic and dynamic research-based teaching, with a constantly evolving curriculum sensitive to developments in contemporary culture.

We actively foster the creation of a graduate intellectual community and our students' professional development. A large number of our recent PhDs have successfully obtained permanent academic posts in leading universities in Britain, the United States and other countries.

The School of Arts will award up to 17 fully funded Postgraduate Research Scholarships in 2014. These scholarships include a number of Birkbeck Anniversary Scholarships offered by the College to mark the 190th anniversary of its foundation.

We also offer up to 15 Research Studentships (ARS) for MPhil/PhD students that take the form of fee waivers (full or partial fee awards for Home/EU/International students, part-time or full-time) across the School, for outstanding candidates.

An AHRC studentship on Dorothy Richardson and Modernist Networks is available through the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck under the supervision of Dr Joanne Winning.

We welcome applications for research in all areas of English, cultural studies and related areas, including: Old English, Old Norse, medieval literature and culture, the Renaissance and early modern periods, the Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian studies, the modern and postmodern periods, literary and cultural theory, gender studies, theatre studies, poetics and creative writing (including practice-based research).

Find out more about current students' research projects.