Research in the Department of English is directed through the Creative Writing, English Literature and Linguistics.

The Centre was established in 2014 bringing together over 50 staff and research students from the Department of English, the Department of Languages, Information and Communications and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Creative Writing, English Literature and Linguistics

CELL is home of two specialist English research groups:

The Manchester Writing School

Gothic Studies

Research Excellence Framework 2014

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the English subject group was ranked 30th out of 89 departments in the UK with 78% of our research activities and outputs judged to be world leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). The social and cultural impact of our research was rated 8th in the UK, with 100% of our activities in this area judged to be 4* (63.3%) and 3* (36.7%). 

Read more our REF 2014 Results

Research Degrees

Staff in the Department of English offers research degree supervision in Literature and Modernity, Film and American Studies and Critical and Postcolonial Theory.

Read more about Research Degrees in English and Creative Writing

The Department of English also offers PhD by Practice (Creative Writing).

PhD by Practice (Creative Writing)