Exploring the literature and languages of the British Isles and America and beyond, from the earliest written sources to the present day.

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Degree Qualification
MLitt or PhD

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Based in the School of Language, Literature, Film and Visual Culture, our research programmes in English are distinguished for research on canonical authors and on contextualising approaches to literature. We also have a strong tradition of textual scholarship. We have long standing links with other programmes, particularly History, Philosophy, Cultural History and Modern Languages.

Our research areas pages have links to individual staff pages where you can find out more about the range of research being done here.

We are open to discussing all potential projects with applicants, including the possibility of undertaking these via Distance Learning.

Our Research

We have expertise in every period of literature, from medieval to contemporary, and particularly in English, Scottish, Irish and American literature.

English research activity is integrated with the a group of research centres, including:

These provide an infrastructure for interdisciplinary study department offers a progressive approach to researching this vibrant area of study.

Supervisors: Professor Shane Alcobia-Murphy, Dr S Elizabeth Anderson, Dr Timothy Baker, Dr Elizabeth Elliot, Professor Andrew Gordon, Dr Helena Ifill, Professor Catherine Jones, Professor Alison Lumsden, Dr Helen Lynch, Dr Syrithe Pugh, Dr Thomas Rist, Dr Sarah Sharp, Dr Tim Tricker, Dr Dan Wall, Dr David Wheatley.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.

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School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3UB