Research ( full-time, part-time)
January 2018, April 2017, September 2017
MPhil: 1-3 years (full-time). 2-4 years (part-time).
PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).
PhD: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).
Distance-learning supervision available on this course.
This course is located in the Department of English and Media. Find out more about our research.
Our PhD research programmes will allow you to explore your own interests in publishing, supported by the expertise of our staff.
You’ll be allocated two supervisors, with additional staff members available if necessary and possible professional support from the publishing industry. Our supervisors are experienced in most areas of publishing histories and practices, as well as design, digital media, creative writing and cultural theory.
You’ll conduct your research in a collaborative environment with strong links to research networks in our University and the wider community. We host and take part in many research events for staff and postgraduate students, including regular Faculty and departmental research seminars and international conferences. Our seminars will give you the chance to present papers in a supportive setting. We also have strong links with Cambridge Publishing Society (CAMPUS) and the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE).
These events, along with our online environment, will help you connect with other research students from a range of disciplines.
You could also benefit from financial support. We allocate a substantial sum every year towards postgraduate travel and conference expenses, as well as some bursaries.
All your subject-specific studies will be enhanced and supported by our University-wide training sessions, where you’ll gain important research expertise in areas like ethics, presentations, intellectual property and digital scholarship.
Our permanent supervisory staff members are recognised experts in their field, and have produced a number of influential books, journal articles and edited collections. Our research expertise includes:
Helen Marshall - medieval manuscripts and canon-creation, publishing (editing, marketing, and business management), history of the book (manuscript culture), history of genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.), creative writing (novels, short stories, poetry).
Tiffani Angus - publishing, creative writing, British gardening history and the history of garden publishing, gardens in SFF and women in post-apocalyptic fiction.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You’ll have access to our two new media suites, equipped with professional publishing software like InDesign, the world-famous University of Cambridge Library, our own campus library and many multimedia, video and radio production facilities.
Our Faculty has a dedicated PhD room, where our doctoral students can all meet up to work and take an active part in our postgraduate student community.
Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
We’ll provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, including help with arranging placements in publishing and publishing-related companies. We’ll do our best to provide you with a professional mentor, making sure that your project is of value to the industry and giving you the best chance for employment on completion.
We also offer research skills sessions, including writing up a paper for publication; placing an academic article; giving a conference paper; the doctoral writing style; updates on research methods and literature searches; internet training; editing skills for doctoral research; subsequent monograph publication; and dealing with festivals, agents, and publishers. You might also be able to take on teaching responsibilities in the department, or organise research events like seminars and conferences.
We offer a suite of short courses in publishing-related areas, which will give you more opportunities to develop your professional skills on campus.
In conjunction with the University’s research support, you can request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.
If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities in this area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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