Funded PhD Opportunity Literary Studies from 1900 Onwards

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Subject: English Language and Literature


The English subject at Ulster University forms part of the School Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It is a vibrant and diverse centre for the study of literatures in English and hosts an active and thriving body of postgraduate students. Individual scholars within the department are engaged in a range of research in the fields of English Studies and would welcome proposals that fall within any of the following parameters: Early Modern, Eighteenth Century and Victorian Literature and Culture, through to Modern, Postmodern, Contemporary, and Creative Writing, as well as Critical Theory.

In addition, we have significant subject expertise and reputation in Irish Literature from the Early Modern Period onwards.

Also, the department would welcome applications in the following subject areas: Literary Adaptation, Feminism and Gender studies, Romanticism, the Gothic, American Literature, Biographical Studies, and, Scottish and Ulster-Scottish Literature. As well as these, we would welcome applications in creative writing, particularly within poetry and prose fiction.

Applicants are invited to make contact with us in advance of application to discuss the feasibility of their chosen topic.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement
  • Clearly defined research proposal detailing background, research questions, aims and methodology
  • Research proposal of 2000 words detailing aims, objectives, milestones and methodology of the project

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • First Class Honours (1st) Degree
  • Masters at 70%


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 18 February 2019
Interview Date
mid March 2019


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Coleraine campus
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Contact Supervisor

Dr Frank Ferguson

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