Mode of Study
Research degrees can be completed on a full-time basis (normally three years) or on a part-time basis (normally six years). All students register initially for the MPhil. Before the end of their second year (full-time) or fourth year (part-time), students complete the upgrade to PhD. Students have the option of an additional writing-up year.
The Institute is part of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), which offers competitive full-fee plus living stipend funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. For further funding opportunities, see the funding page.
Students at the Institute of English Studies come from a variety of backgrounds: some pursue MPhil/PhD study after completing our MA/MRes in the History of the Book, while others choose to study with us after a second (or third) career. Students can take advantage of research training opportunities offered through the School of Advanced Study, as well as the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network. For a list of current research students and their topics, see our research students page.
In the first instance, applicants should approach a prospective supervisor or the Director of Studies, Dr Andrew Nash, email@example.com who can advise on which member of staff might be a suitable supervisor. We require prospective applicants to discuss their research proposal with the prospective supervisor before submitting an application. Please go to our supervisors page for further details.
A formal application will require a research proposal, references and a statement from the prospective supervisor. All applications are considered by the Director of Studies. The research proposal should: define the research question or problem to be addressed; indicate the main objectives of the research; specify why the question or problem is important, what other research has been done in the area (supported by a short bibliography of no more than one side of A4), and how the research will contribute to understanding in the area; indicate the methods and sources to be used. It should not exceed 1500 words inclusive of bibliography.