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English Literature and Language MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in English Literature and Language.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in recent years. We aim to produce research that is distinctive, socially and culturally relevant, and that influences national agendas. We continually strive to develop new areas of research excellence while, in certain areas, our work has already been acknowledged as world-leading.

As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment. You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and to take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme. This will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree while enhancing the skills you will need in any future career.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in early modern literature (including Shakespeare and Defoe), literature and environment, and children’s literature.

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


With study space and IT provision in the Research Office, and access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and state of the art library facilities, the English Literature and Language team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources to support your learning and research project.

Recent successful projects have examined nature and home in the poetry of Edward Thomas and Robert Frost 1912-1917, commemoration, oblivion and cultural memories in print culture in Restoration England, 1658-1666, and the country house in English women’s poetry 1650-1750. Some of our current research students are exploring survival and the formulation of child heroes in Terry Pratchett’s children’s fiction; children’s Islamic literature in Britain, USA and Canada; vulnerability and resilience in Sonya Hartnett’s novels; the island imagination; and the abhuman in multi-volume vampire fiction.

How to apply

How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Nicoleta Cinpoes ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Dr David Arnold
Expertise: 20th century American poetry; Buddhist American poetry; literature and the environment.

Dr Nicoleta Cinpoes
Expertise: Shakespeare performed, edited, filmed, recycled, translated; European Shakespeare; Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama; adaptation theory and practice; Shakespeare and visual culture.

Dr Tricia Connell
Expertise: contemporary and 20th century literature; women’s writing; postcolonial writing; feminist and postcolonial literary theory; language studies; gender and popular fiction.

Dr John Parham
Expertise: literature and the environment; Victorian literature.

Professor Jean Webb
Expertise: children’s literature.

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