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The award
PhD

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About English at Queen's University Belfast

The School of Arts, English and Languages offers programmes which map broadly onto the following research areas:

  • Broadcast Literacy
  • Contemporary American Literature and Culture
  • Creative Writing
  • English Speech and Language
  • Irish Literature
  • Medieval Studies
  • Modern Literary Studies
  • Poetry
  • Renaissance Studies

The School's strategy is to develop opportunities for cross-fertilisation across all its research programmes. Lists of current and past postgraduate research can be found on the School of English website, alongside staff profiles which list their publications and research interests.

Research Strengths

A number of major research projects (including Doctoral and Postdoctoral posts in Language and Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Modern Literary Studies and Renaissance Literature) have been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Poetry and Irish writing remain at the core of the School's research expertise.

"'I was given all the resources, encouragement and guidance I needed to complete an ambitious project. My supervisors were dedicated, helping me write the best possible thesis, and I was lucky to be part of a lively and supportive community with my fellow Postgraduate Students.'"Dr Christopher Kitson
Former PhD student in English

Career Prospects

A significant number of our PhD students become academics, in the UK and Ireland and internationally. Others become archivists, researchers, editors, teachers, civil servants, writers, librarians, theatre practitioners, voluntary sector workers and a range of other diverse forms of employment. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardPhDHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see //www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

PhD Funded Studentships
We offer fully funded studentships to outstanding postgraduate researchers across our three faculties and five Doctoral Training Centres.

A number of our PhD students are funded by AHRC (through the 'Northern Bridge' consortium) and DEL scholarships. The deadline for applications for these scholarships is usually in mid-January.

For fees and funding information please see the University's Graduate School website.

 

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, and a Masters-level qualification or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

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