Our research

English and Media research students at their graduation Untitled Page

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, we were awarded world-leading status for both our English Language and Literature and Communication, Cultural and Media Studies research.

Student research

If you’re interested in taking a research degree with us, you can find everything we offer on our courses page.

For an idea of the topics you can research with us, take a look at some of our current students' titles (pdf) or our available supervision in:

We particularly welcome cross disciplinary research in renaissance and nineteenth century literature, children’s fiction, diaspora/migration studies, science fiction and fantasy, modernism, religion and literature/popular culture; gender and queer studies.

If you would like advice with any aspect of your application, or on funding and training, please contact our Faculty research team.


Our research culture

Our department is home to over 50 research students, which makes for a thriving graduate research culture. As one of our research students you will be able to attend our regular research events, such as seminars organised at both department and faculty-level, or conferences and symposia. You'll also have the chance to gain valuable experience of both organising and speaking at these events.

We also have research links with the University of Cambridge's Faculty of English, Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies and Centre for Research into Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Together, we have organised joint postgraduate conferences that have attracted delegates from around the country.


"Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Beyond" co-edited by Dr Tanya Horeck

Staff research

Through the support of such networks, our staff and students host regular seminars and conferences, and take part in many local, national and international research projects.

They also produce many influential books, journal articles and scholarly editions, as well as creative works in film, video, journalism, web design, fiction and poetry, and are key contributors to many of the university's interdisciplinary research clusters: