Our literature research has a home in the School of Humanities and Social Science, where scholars engage across many disciplines and interests. Students may be aligned with or find colleagues in the university's Centres of Research and Enterprise Excellence (COREs), including:
The team in English literature are also at the heart of the Performance and Communities Research and Enterprise Group.
These centres and groups offer postgraduate students a chance to hear talks by staff and guest lecturers, to network and to present their own work-in-progress.
The Brighton Doctoral College offers a training programme for postgraduate researchers, covering research methods and transferable (including employability) skills, including conference delivery, writing for publication and job application. Literature staff can also advise students on conference organisation, research trips and teaching work (with many of our current doctoral researchers being involved in teaching on our undergraduate courses).
We welcome approaches for English Literature PhD study at the University of Brighton. Current strengths for which our provision is particularly suited include:
- Early Modern literature (Elizabethan/Jacobean)
- twentieth-century literature
- twenty-first-century / contemporary literature
- women’s writing and feminist theory
- postcolonial literature
- British, American and European literatures
- creative writing and autoethnography
Students are able to work on a range of interdisciplinary subjects, combining literary study with one or more of the university's wide range of disciplines, including: creative practice, graphics design and illustration, education, cultural studies, philosophy, sustainability, sociology, history, film, language, linguistics, media and screen studies.
For information about whether your proposed topic can be supervised at the University of Brighton, and for any other queries about studying an MPhil/PhD in Literature, contact Dr Liam Connell, Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator, School of Humanities. L.J.Connell@brighton.ac.uk