Centre for Studies in Literature

Postgraduate study


The Centre for Literary Studies offers a taught Master's degree: Literature, Culture and Identity.  For information on how to join our MA programme, please contact: humanities.admissions@port.ac.uk

The MRes Humanities and Social Sciences, a Master's by research, is also available in the study of English Literature. 


The Centre also offers PhD supervision for a wide range of specialist areas in literary studies as well as critical and cultural theory. We welcome in particular applications that fall within the Centre's research strengths:

  • Early Modern Writing
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century British and American Literature

Doctoral candidates are normally supervised by a team of three staff and fully integrated in the Centre's research culture of conferences, symposia, workshops and seminar series. They benefit from designated postgraduate facilities, such as a postgraduate study area, close links with the Centre for European and International Research, and they organise their own work-in-progress postgraduate seminars. The faculty also organises an annual postgraduate conference. There are currently 23 full-time PhD students and 40 part-time PhD candidates in the faculty. Read more.


To make an application, or to learn more about the application process, please visit the university's Postgraduate Research pages: 

Apply for PhD study

PhD Bursaries

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers fully-funded PhD bursaries across the range of specialisms within the Centre for European and International Studies Research. Opportunities are usually advertised in the December of each year, for October entry the following year. Read more about postgraduate study and bursaries.

Faculty Postgraduate Centre

The Postgraduate Centre offers a support base for students to assist with all aspects of admission. We very much welcome your interest in postgraduate research and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Email: humssresearch@port.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 23 9284 6037