English MPhil/PhD



Course introduction

Overview The department has specialists in every period of English and American literature, as well as English language, with an outstanding record of world-leading research (REF 2014). There is a full programme of research seminars (at which papers are given by invited speakers and graduate students), a research methods workshops, and career development events. Several students from the department have participated as visiting scholars at Yale as part of the UCL-Yale Collaborative Partnership. Students have automatic access to an incomparable range of archives and libraries, including Senate House Library and the British Library, both of which are nearby. Please note that all doctoral students at UCL are considered to be on an MPhil programme until they ?upgrade? to PhD status in the second year of their studies. The English department does not offer a standalone research master's programme and nor is it possible to be admitted as a PhD student directly.

Employability As one of the highest-ranked English departments in the UK, UCL English graduates are particularly well regarded by employers (within academia and in the wider world), with many former UCL English students going on to academic jobs in top universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, and here at UCL.



Start date

EXPECTED SEP-2021. EXPECTED SEP-2021.

Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 Years - full-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5365 Home Fees
3 Years - full-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £21580 Overseas Fees
3 Years - full-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5365 European Fees
5 Years - part-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2685 Home Fees
5 Years - part-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £10860 Overseas Fees
5 Years - part-time Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2685 European Fees


Qualifications required

  • Domestic entry requirements: An undergraduate degree in English Literature or a related subject is a pre-requisite for this programme, and a UK Master's degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard will normally be required. Research degree students are expected to start in September, but may request to start in January if there are exceptional reasons to do so. Applicants who wish to be considered for AHRC/ LAHP funding must have submitted a complete application by 20 December 2019.
  • International entry requirements: An undergraduate degree in English Literature or a related subject is a pre-requisite for this programme, and a UK Master's degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard will normally be required. Research degree students are expected to start in September, but may request to start in January if there are exceptional reasons to do so. Applicants who wish to be considered for AHRC/ LAHP funding must have submitted a complete application by 20 December 2019. Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100