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MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years.

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MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years.

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MPhil/PhD English MPhil/PhD English

Academics in the School of English and Journalism are leading researchers, authors, editors of books, and award-winning creative writers with links to the publishing industry, whose works have been published, broadcast, and staged

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Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years.

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MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years.

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Brayford Pool

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ENLENLRP

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Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years.

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MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years.

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Brayford Pool

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Course Code

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Dr Amy Culley - PGR Lead for the School of English and Journalism

Dr Amy Culley - PGR Lead for the School of English and Journalism

Dr Amy Culley is Senior Lecturer in English. Her research focuses on the literature and culture of the eighteenth century and Romantic period, particularly life writing, ageing studies, and women's literary history. She has published primarily on women’s life writing (the subject of a monograph and edited collection) and she is currently working on a book on old age, which recovers the late life writing of early nineteenth-century women.

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Welcome to MPhil/PhD English

The School of English and Journalism offers advanced research opportunities in the subject of English.

Support and direction will be available from your supervisory team and students can benefit from the School's research expertise in areas including contemporary literature, 18th to 19th Century literature, early modern literature, women's writing, Gothic literature, and American fiction.

This dedicated doctoral training programme provides the opportunity to develop the practical and critical skills necessary for investigation and study at postgraduate level.

Regular research seminars, symposia, and conferences provide a lively research environment in which students are encouraged to participate. An interdisciplinary research culture facilitates collaboration with colleagues across topics, and strong links exist with the Schools of Film and Media, History and Heritage, and Fine and Performing Arts.

Welcome to MPhil/PhD English

The School of English and Journalism offers advanced research opportunities in the subject of English.

Support and direction will be available from your supervisory team and students can benefit from the School's research expertise in areas including contemporary literature, 18th to 19th Century literature, medieval and early modern literature, women's writing, Gothic literature, and American fiction.

This dedicated doctoral training programme provides the opportunity to develop the practical and critical skills necessary for investigation and study at postgraduate level.

Regular research seminars, symposia, and conferences provide a lively research environment in which students are encouraged to participate. An interdisciplinary research culture facilitates collaboration with colleagues across topics, and strong links exist with the Schools of Film and Media, History and Heritage, and Fine and Performing Arts.

How You Study

Study at MPhil/PhD level takes the form of supervised individual research. Students work on one topic of their choice for the duration of the study period. It is expected that students submit appropriate written work regularly to their supervisors, to receive feedback on their submission and agree the next stage of work.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisor(s), but the frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of programme.

How You Study

Study at MPhil/PhD level takes the form of supervised individual research. Students work on one topic of their choice for the duration of the study period. It is expected that students submit appropriate written work regularly to their supervisors, to receive feedback on their submission and agree the next stage of work.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisor(s), but the frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of programme.

How you are assessed

The assessment at this level of study takes the form of an 80,000-word thesis.

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of the students thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

The assessment at this level of study takes the form of an 80,000-word thesis.

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of the student's thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Entry Requirements 2021-22

Relevant Masters degree.

You will need to submit a research proposal along with your application form. The research proposal will allow us to judge the quality of the application and to decide whether we are able to supervise your project.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Please take note of the following guidance:

- A research proposal will only be considered if there are academics in the subject with an interest in your field. Please study the staff profiles closely to make sure there is at least one member of staff whose interests intersect broadly with your own. For more information on the School's research, please following the following link: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/ej/english/englishresearch/

- The research proposal should be 1,000 2,000 words in length.

- Clearly define the topic you are interested in and demonstrate understanding of your research area.

- Include two or three research questions that you will explore in your research.

- Outline the range of research methodologies you will use to undertake the research.

- Include a provisional bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

- You might include a brief literature review of the key works that relate to your topic, particularly if this helps to exemplify the point below.

- Explain clearly how your research contributes to existing scholarship in the area; what gaps will it fill? How will it further knowledge of the area?

- Sketch out a provisional plan of work that includes research/archival visits and a timetable for the writing of chapters.

- Make sure the proposal is well presented with sections and subheadings and is free of errors.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

Relevant Masters degree.

You will need to submit a research proposal along with your application form. The research proposal will allow us to judge the quality of the application and to decide whether we are able to supervise your project.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Please take note of the following guidance:

- A research proposal will only be considered if there are academics in the subject with an interest in your field. Please study the staff profiles closely to make sure there is at least one member of staff whose interests intersect broadly with your own. For more information about the School's research, please visit: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/ej/english/englishresearch/

- The research proposal should be 1,000 2,000 words in length.

- Clearly define the topic you are interested in and demonstrate understanding of your research area.

- Include two or three research questions that you will explore in your research.

- Outline the range of research methodologies you will use to undertake the research.

- Include a provisional bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

- You might include a brief literature review of the key works that relate to your topic, particularly if this helps to exemplify the point below.

- Explain clearly how your research contributes to existing scholarship in the area; what gaps will it fill? How will it further knowledge of the area?

- Sketch out a provisional plan of work that includes research/archival visits and a timetable for the writing of chapters.

- Make sure the proposal is well presented with sections and subheadings and is free of errors.

Research Areas, Projects and Topics

Research areas covered within the School include:

  • 21st Century literature
  • 18th to 19th Century literature
  • Life writing
  • Women’s writing 18th to 21st Centuries
  • American literature 19th to 21st Centuries
  • Early modern literature
  • Gothic literature
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Medieval literature

How to Apply

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

Career and Personal Development

A doctoral qualification may be regarded as the capstone of academic achievement and may mark the beginning of a career in academia or research.

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Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.
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