Research degrees

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Our School has a vibrant, thriving postgraduate research community, with students from around the world joining those progressing from undergraduate study with us. 

The School of English offers PhDs and Masters by Research degree programmes. You can find out more about our research degrees here.

PhD by Distance Learning

In addition to the on-campus PhD, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures offers a PhD by Distance Learning programme which is available to UK, EU and International applicants. This variant form of the traditional PhD allows for flexibility of location of the postgraduate researcher, with a certain level of on-site time in Leeds for relevant training sessions and progression assessment points. For further information, please contact Dr Mic Spencer, Head of the Graduate School:

Our expertise

Our teaching staff have extensive knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, and we engage in joint supervision with other Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, and also with other Faculties within the University. This means that, whatever your research topic, you'll have access to the resources and expertise you need to succeed.

If you're not yet sure about your topic then we'll be happy to help you focus your ideas. If you are then you might benefit from exploring the research interests of our teaching staff to identify a potential supervisor. You can find more information here.

The School of English produces a Postgraduate Research student newsletter twice a year, in May and November. The first issue was launched in May 2017. You can access our previous issues from our downloads page.

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