English and Humanities PhD



Course introduction

The Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing 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 lively graduate intellectual community and our students' professional development. A large number of our recent PhD graduates have successfully obtained permanent academic posts in leading universities in Britain, the United States and other countries.

An PhD is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation. At Birkbeck, you are initially registered on an MPhil and you upgrade to a PhD after satisfactory progress in the first year or two. You need to find a suitable academic supervisor at Birkbeck, who can offer the requisite expertise to guide and support you through your research.



Start date

Up to four years.

Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 Years - full-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £0 Home Fees
4 Years - full-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £0 Overseas Fees
4 Years - full-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £0 European Fees
7 Years - part-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £0 Home Fees
7 Years - part-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £0 Overseas Fees
7 Years - part-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £0 European Fees


Qualifications required

  • Domestic entry requirements: A good honours degree and preferably an MA in literary, historical or other disciplines of cultural studies. Prior to interview you will need to submit a research proposal of 2000 words.
  • International entry requirements: A good honours degree and preferably an MA in literary, historical or other disciplines of cultural studies. Prior to interview you will need to submit a research proposal of 2000 words. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
  • IELTS score: 7