Centre for Studies in Literature

Postgraduate study


The Centre for Literary Studies offers a taught Master's degree: Literature, Culture and Identity.  For information on how to join our MA programme, please contact: humanities.admissions@port.ac.uk

The MRes Humanities and Social Sciences, a Master's by research, is also available in the study of English Literature. 


The Centre also offers PhD supervision for a wide range of specialist areas in literary studies as well as critical and cultural theory. We welcome in particular applications that fall within the Centre's research strengths:

  • Early Modern Writing
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century British and American Literature

Doctoral candidates are normally supervised by a team of three staff and fully integrated in the Centre's research culture of conferences, symposia, workshops and seminar series. They benefit from designated postgraduate facilities, such as a postgraduate study area, close links with the Centre for European and International Research, and they organise their own work-in-progress postgraduate seminars. The faculty also organises an annual postgraduate conference. There are currently 23 full-time PhD students and 40 part-time PhD candidates in the faculty. Read more.


To make an application, or to learn more about the application process, please visit the university's Postgraduate Research pages: 

Apply for PhD study

Faculty Bursaries

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers fully-funded bursaries in English literature themes and topics. The current application period is closed. 

Faculty Postgraduate Centre

The Postgraduate Centre offers a support base for students to assist with all aspects of admission. We very much welcome your interest in postgraduate research and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Email: humssresearch@port.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 23 9284 6037