PhD in English Studies (Institute of English Studies) University of London, School of Advanced Study
Undertaking doctoral research allows you to develop in-depth knowledge while making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field.
With guidance from our expert supervisors, you'll carry out extensive independent research culminating in a thesis of up to 100,000 words. We offer research supervision in a number of literature-related subject areas, ranging from book history to early twentieth-century literature.
The Institute of English Studies offers doctoral research supervision in the following broad areas:
- Book illustration
- History of the book from the medieval period to the present
- History of collecting
- History of printing
- History of publishing from 1800 to the present
- History of readers and reading
- Textual scholarship, scholarly editing and digital humanities
- Author-focused studies (e.g. J.M. Barrie, Dickens, Scott Fitzgerald, Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, Melville, Shakespeare, R.L. Stevenson, Twain, W.B. Yeats)
- Medieval manuscript studies and palaeography
- Early modern print culture
- Victorian literature
- Twentieth-century literature
- American literature
- Anglo-American Modernism
- Scottish literature
This degree presents the opportunity to gain expertise in your area of interest while also honing a range of transferable skills. By completing this course, you'll be well prepared for specialist career paths both within academia and beyond.