English PhD project opportunities

Find out more about self-funded PhD projects in areas where we already have supervisors active and engaged in the research topic in our School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Editing Renaissance literature

Supervisory team

Project outline

We seek PhD projects concerned with editing the poetry, prose, or drama of the early modern period (roughly 1550-1700). We have experience in leading projects across Elizabethan, Jacobean, Caroline, and Restoration print and manuscript culture, and would welcome proposals particularly in the drama 1580-1642, women’s writing 1640-1700, translations, and travel.

The supervisory team has participated in several large editorial projects: on plays (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson; The Oxford James Shirley); manuscript documents (Malone Society); travel narratives (Oxford Hakluyt); and translations (MHRA Tudor Translations).

We welcome proposals for old-spelling or modernised critical editions, with full apparatus including commentary, textual notes, and introductions.

To discuss your interests, please email eugene.giddens@aru.ac.uk

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Historical and literary cultures from the eighteenth to twentieth century

Supervisory team

Project outline

We as a team supervise PhDs on almost any aspect of Historical and Literary cultures covering the span from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.

The team has a great deal of supervisory experience and on a range of topics to include even musical, theatrical and technical cultures. Past PhDs have been on Edmund Burke; Lord Byron, William Blake; nineteenth and twentieth century theatre; Frances Burney; the Sea Gothic; Dickens; Detective fiction; Percy Shelley; Fantasy fiction; Vegetarian activists; Percy Grainger; Frederick Delius; Robert Southey; working class politics; and the Russian Revolution. We are a flexible team!

You can contact the team at:

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Language and identities

Supervisory team

Project outline

We seek PhD projects concerned with the link between identity and language. In particular, we are interested in projects that explore language ideologies, multilingual communities and intercultural communication.

Members of our team have led projects on attitudes towards second language accents, the perception of identity through languages, ethnolinguistic vitality in migrant communities, linguistic landscapes, intercultural pragmatics and interactional use of language using a variety of different theoretical and methodological frameworks.

You can contact the team at:

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Literary adaptation

Supervisory team

Project outline

We seek PhD projects exploring topics related to issues of literary adaptations and afterlives. We have experience of researching and supervising a wide range of projects in this field; indicative topics include: biblical and/or classical adaptation, twenty-first century adaptations of modernist texts, and the cinematic adaptation of nineteenth-century novels.

To discuss your interests, please email elizabeth.ludlow@aru.ac.uk or sarah.brown@aru.ac.uk

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Materialities and technologies of text

Supervisory team

Project outline

We seek PhD projects investigating text technologies from the rise of the hand press to the present. We are keen to encourage experimental practice-as-research approaches, and other forms of textual scholarship, including analytical and enumerative bibliography.

Practice-as-research may include the creation of a digital edition or curated exhibit of visual texts, digital creative outputs, letterpress/typeset creative or editorial outputs, movable codices, and other forms of experimentation with text technologies old and new.

We have longstanding research expertise in paper, typesetting practice and compositor analysis, punctuation, paratext such as running titles, and digital publishing. We host three printing presses and nearly 200 cases of type and computer suites with the latest publishing software.

To discuss your interests, please email eugene.giddens@aru.ac.uk

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Nineteenth-century literature

Research group

Supervisory team

Project outline

We seek PhD projects exploring topics related to the literature and culture of the long nineteenth-century. We welcome proposals that take historical, political and/or narratological and theoretical approaches to writing of the period. We also welcome topics that cut across genres and forms.

We have experience of researching and supervising a wide range of projects across this period, including in areas relating to: women's writing; life-writing; spirituality and religion; text and illustration; and pamphlets and periodicals. We also run an active and lively Nineteenth Century Studies Unit.

To discuss your interests, please email elizabeth.ludlow@aru.ac.uk and/or john.gardner@aru.ac.uk

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Poetry from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries

Supervisory team

Project outline

We are interested in supervising projects that deal with any aspects of poetry, to include songs, between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries.

Our particular interests are in connections between literature and experimentation, and how that relates to individuals existing within cities, technology and disparate societal cultures. We would enjoy supervising projects that bring together any of these elements.

Previous topics supervised by members of the team include vegetarian politics; Byron; William Blake; radical poetry; Percy Shelley; James Thomson; T. S. Eliot; and Hope Mirrlees.

You can contact the team at:

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Prose from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries

Supervisory team

Project outline

We as a team supervise PhDs on any prose covering the span from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. This can include novels, essays, letters, technical manuals or marginalia.

The team has a great deal of supervisory experience and on a range of topics to include even musical, theatrical and technical cultures. Past PhDs have been on Edmund Burke; Lord Byron, William Blake; nineteenth and twentieth century theatre; Frances Burney; the Sea Gothic; Dickens; Detective fiction; Percy Shelley; Fantasy fiction; Vegetarian activists; Percy Grainger; Frederick Delius; Robert Southey; working class politics; and railways. We are a flexible team!

To discuss your interests, please email john.gardner@aru.ac.uk and/or elizabeth.ludlow@aru.ac.uk

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Samuel Beckett

Supervisory team

Project outline

We are interested in supervising projects that deal with any aspects of Samuel Beckett’s work, to include poetry, drama, prose and letters.

Both John Gardner and Sue Wilson have published on drama and are active researchers of Beckett’s works. Previous topics supervised by members of the team include vegetarian politics, Byron, William Blake, radical poetry, Percy Shelley, James Thomson, T. S. Eliot, Moral Re-Armament Theatre, Memphis Sanitation Workers' strike in 1968; and Laibach and the Neue Slowenische Kunst.

You can contact the team at:

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Speculative fiction

Project outline

We seek PhD projects exploring topics related to speculative fiction - science fiction, fantasy, and other adjacent genres such as slipstream and the New Weird.

We have experience of researching and supervising a wide range of projects in this field; indicative topics include: the intersection between classical/canonical writings and SF; post-apocalyptic fiction; surrealist writings; the works of J. G. Ballard; political science fiction; time travel; children's fantasy literature.

To discuss your interests, please email sarah.brown@aru.ac.uk

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Twentieth century literature

Supervisory team

Project outline

We seek PhD projects concerned with the link between identity and language. In particular, we are interested in projects that explore language ideologies, multilingual communities and intercultural communication.

We seek PhD projects exploring topics related to twentieth century literature and culture. We welcome proposals that take historical, political and/or narratological and theoretical approaches to writing of the period. We also welcome topics that cut across genres and forms.

We have experience of researching and supervising a wide range of projects across this period, including in areas relating to: modernism and the avant-garde; war writing (WWI and WWII); literature and politics; women's writing; life-writing; literature of exile and migration; and science fiction.

To discuss your interests, please email tory.young@aru.ac.uk

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Twenty-first century literature

Supervisory team

Project outline

We seek PhD projects exploring topics related to twenty-first century literature and culture. We welcome proposals that take historical, political and/or narratological and theoretical approaches to writing of the period. We also welcome topics that cut across genres and forms.

We have experience of researching and supervising a wide range of projects across this period, including in areas relating to: women's writing, life-writing, queer theory, feminism, refugee writing, literatures of migration and exile, political science fiction.

To discuss your interests, please email jeannette.baxter@aru.ac.uk

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Women's life writing

Supervisory team

Project outline

We seek PhD projects exploring topics related to women's life writing from the eighteenth century to the present day.

We have experience of researching and supervising a wide range of projects in this field; indicative topics include: biographical and autobiographical practice and production, the relationship between letters and narrative, spiritual autobiography, the study of personal essays, and feminist life writing.

To discuss your interests, please email elizabeth.ludlow@aru.ac.uk or tory.young@aru.ac.uk

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

If you have an idea for a project that does not align with one of the pre-defined projects above, please contact us at ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk