The English Department has close links with several specialised research centres at the University of Aberdeen. These centres bring together groups of scholars with shared research interests, sometimes from a range of academic disciplines, and foster links with other universities. These centres all support taught postgraduate courses and postgraduate degrees by research.

The Centre for Early Modern Studies brings together distinguished early modern scholars in history, philosophy, religion, literature, and other disciplines. It fosters research in the history and culture of Western Europe and the Baltic world. The Centre offers the MLitt in Early Modern Studies and degrees by research.

The first of its kind in the UK, the new Centre for the Novel promotes research into the history and theory of the novel over all periods of its development. Highlighting Aberdeen's exceptional library resources in 18th and 19th century fiction, the Centre arranges symposia, conferences and visiting fellowships, and supports postgraduate research and teaching, including the English Department's MLitt in the Novel.

The Walter Scott Research Centre supports research relating to Walter Scott and his world. The main focus of the Centre's activities is the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, and international project set up to provide scholarly editions of all Scott's fiction. The Centre is also home to The Scott Newsletter.

The Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen is an interdiciplinary centre of excellence which offers taught master's programmes, including the MLitt in Irish-Scottish Studies, and doctoral programmes in the history, literature and culture of Ireland and Scotland. It also carries out research across these disciplines.

The Centre for Modern Thought is a site for cross-disciplinary theoretical research and theoretically informed inquiry bearing on global socio-historical developments and political issues. The Centre is open to students seeking a PhD. programme and offers an MLitt by Research for those embarking on post-graduate study.

The Institute fosters research in the study of human traditions, especially those of the North and North-East Scotland. The institute organises conferences, lectures, workshops and publications. Teaching and outreach to the community are also part of the Institute's work.