Programme structure

The PhD degree in English consists of both coursework and independent research studies culminating in the submission of a thesis.

Coursework requirements

Research Degree students are required to fulfil a number of coursework requirements within their study period, amounting to 14 credit units for PhD students, as well as a compulsory course on teaching and learning (1 credit unit). For more information, please visit


PhD candidates are expected to submit an effectively organized and well-documented thesis on their research topic at the end of their study period for evaluation by a panel of expert internal and external examiners. A PhD thesis should identify issues that are important to the understanding of the chosen area of study, review the relevant theories and previous research and complete a rigorously-designed study that makes an original contribution to knowledge in the chosen field of research.

Note: MPhil studies

It is also possible for self-financing students to study for a Master's degree by research, namely the MPhil degree. If you are interested in this option, please email Dr Lindsay Miller (see below).

Contact us

For further information, please email Dr Lindsay Miller at