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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Reading

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

This PhD programme can accommodate any interests which relate to those of the researchers in the Department of English Literature, including American Literature, Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Children's Literature, Samuel Beckett Studies, Book History, Nineteenth-century, Twentieth-century and Contemporary Literatures, Post-Colonial Literature and Global Literatures (in English or English translation), as well as Creative Writing (please note that PhDs on Children's Literature or Creative Writing are still also awarded the degree formally as a 'PhD in English Literature' in this Department). In all the areas of research, a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches are welcomed, including a focus on archival work in relation to the University's outstanding archives, which include the Samuel Beckett archives, the Children's Literature Special Collection and many publishers' archives.


Our PhD students go on to work in academia as postdoctoral researchers, but also quickly find employment in fields such as teaching, advertising and media, or other communications and public relations careers.

Tuition fees

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£ 17,320per 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 Reading

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  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 23,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master's and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    35th out of 100 27

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    121 60%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%



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