English PhD/MPhil



Course introduction

Research profile

English at Brunel has gone from strength to strength over the last decade to the point where it is now regularly ranked in the top ten English departments in the UK in the Guardian league tables. We have a thriving graduate community, and welcome PhD applications in any of our particular areas of strength, which include modern and contemporary literature, Shakespeare, Renaissance studies, Victorian literature and culture, and world literature in English.

We have some of Britain's most celebrated, talented, original, and experienced writers actively publishing in the industry today, including Banjamin Zephaniah, Will Self, Bernardine Evaristo, Christopher Fox, Geoff King, Fiona Templeton and many more, having published over 80 powerfully diverse books between them and written for all the national newspapers.

You'll benefit from their in-depth knowledge and passion for what they teach as well as their first-hand experience of what it takes to break into the literary and creative fields.

Careers and your future

Tailored careers support is offered to all our current PhD students and for up to 3 years after you complete your research at Brunel. We help you to actively engage in career planning and managing your personal development right from the start of your research. Our careers provision includes online advice, one to one consultations and a range of events and workshops.

In addition, where available, you may be able to undertake some paid work as we recognise that teaching and learning support duties represent an important professional and career development opportunity. MPhil option available.



Start date

Postgraduate research students are recruited throughout an academic year.. Postgraduate research students are recruited throughout an academic year..

Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 Years - full-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4500 Home Fees
3 Years - full-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £17875 Overseas Fees
3 Years - full-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4500 European Fees
6 Years - part-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2203 Home Fees
6 Years - part-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £8935 Overseas Fees
6 Years - part-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2203 European Fees


Qualifications required

  • Domestic entry requirements: The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (1st or 2:1).
  • International entry requirements: The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (1st or 2:1). IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas). TOEFL: 100 (min 20).
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100