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School of English and Drama

How to Apply for a PhD

We welcome applications from those wishing to join the Department of English’s internationally recognised academic community.

To find out more about the Department, we invite you to attend an Open Evening or to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor David Duff.

See below for information on:

  • Entry Requirements and Qualifications
  • Finding a Supervisor
  • Advice and Support
  • Fees and Funding

For detailed advice on the application process, go to our Making an Application page.

Entry Requirements and Qualifications

Your previous academic qualifications and other relevant experience will be taken into account when your application is assessed. While each application is assessed on its merits, applicants are normally expected to hold a good undergraduate degree (a solid 2.1 or above) and a master’s degree (with an average of 65 or above in the dissertation,  and at least one elements of distinction, either in coursework or in the dissertation) in a fields related to your proposed area of PhD research. 

Before applying for postgraduate research at Queen Mary, all candidates should ensure they have graduated, or are about to graduate, from an internationally recognised MA programme, achieving at least one element at distinction level relevant to their proposed field of research, and (if coming from a programme taught in a language other than English) be able to show a certificate of proficiency in English at the standard required by Queen Mary. The School of English and Drama cannot consider any applications without an MA. This requirement may be waived in accordance with College regulations but only under exceptional circumstances.

IMPORTANT: We understand that you may not have completed your master’s degree at the time of application, in which case we will consider results available at that point.  If successful you will be offered a conditional place. This will normally be conditional on your successfully completing the MA and gaining at least one mark at Distinction level, and you will be asked to send a final transcript for your MA degree as soon as it is available.

 

Finding a Supervisor

To find out about research expertise in the Department and identify potential supervisors for your PhD, please consult our staff web pages via the link below. 

Find a supervisor

If you have a well-developed proposal, you can contact potential supervisors directly to discuss your project and your interest in working with them. Alternatively, you can email the Director of Graduate Studies, who will offer advice and invite you to complete an enquiry form. See below.

 

Advice and Support

If you have the requisite qualifications we encourage prospective applicants to make their initial enquiry by completing the SED PhD Enquiry Form [DOC 37KB] and emailing it to the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor David Duff (d.duff@qmul.ac.uk), who will advise you on your project and answer any queries you might have about pursuing doctoral research in English at Queen Mary.

Prospective applicants who have already developed full research proposals presented in accordance with our guidelines and who have consulted our staff pages to identify potential supervisors are also encouraged to contact David Duff (d.duff@qmul.ac.uk) for advice in advance of making a formal application.

Further information on the application process is supplied by the College Admissions Office.

 

Fees and Funding

Please visit our Funding and Awards page for information, or the College’s site on Funding a PhD.