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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Plymouth University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    01-OCT-21, 01-JAN-22, 01-APR-22

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

This full time or part time doctoral programme is suitable for people who have a particular research question or topic in mind, and wish to explore this through independent study in order to produce an original contribution to the subject. If you aspire to a research career this is the most appropriate research degree to undertake.

You will be guided by a small supervisory team of academic experts under the direction of a Director of Studies. Even if you already have a masters degree, you will normally be registered as a ‘MPhil/PhD’ candidate and may apply to transfer to ‘PhD’ status around 10–22 months after registration, based on your progress to date.

English and creative writing staff have published widely, and the subject had outstanding results in the last Research Assessment Exercise (over 70% was ranked at 3* or 4*, internationally excellent and/or world leading, making our outputs per staff amongst the best in the UK).

Draw on the expertise of staff in areas from Restoration literature to utopias of the mind, from early European encounters with native Americans, to women in the First World War, or work with our internationally successful creative writers.

Among others, at present we are supervising creative writing projects inspired by and working with Nepalese women’s poetry, and one exploring the relationship between woods, memory and place. Critical projects include phenomenology in Virginia Woolf’s writing, trauma in Holocaust studies, and William Blake’s construction of a spiritual self.

You will be invited to be part of a community that is sustained by multiple research seminar series, cross-disciplinary collaboration and outward-facing engagements: from The Arts Institute lecture series to our work with city creative writing groups, from our commitment to the digital humanities, to our involvement with Plymouth's massive new History Centre across the road.

Overseas applicants must submit their application 4.5 months prior to the proposed programme start date. For Home/EU applicants the deadline is 2.5 months prior to the proposed programme start date. There are three possible start dates per year, 1 October, 1 January and 1 April.

Tuition fees

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£ 17,170per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Plymouth

  • University League Table

    71st

  • Campus address

    Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, England

The university has a thriving international community, with over 2,500 students from more than 100 countries, and 80 partnerships in over 30 countries.
A dedicated international student advice team provides specialist support to international students, helping them settle into UK life.
The university is renowned for its world-leading research, especially in the fields of marine and maritime, health technologies and sustainability.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    48th out of 106 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    121 59%

    43rd

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    67 67%

    50th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 83%

    33rd

    14

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