Research Degrees

The Department of English is engaged in a dynamic expansion of its postgraduate programmes.

Our staff offer supervision in the following closely interrelated areas of expertise:

Literary Periods:

Specialist Research Areas:

Creative Writing:

More about Creative Writing PhD

Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. To arrange this please contact Dr Andrew Moor, English Research Degrees Coordinator.

For further information on the application process, contact the Faculty Research Degrees Administrator: - 0161 247 5412

More about research degrees and how to apply 

Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.

How to apply for a distance learning PhD

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

PhD by Professional Practice (Creative Writing)

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

Centre for Research in English, Languages and Linguistics

On registration, all new research students in English become affiliate members of The Centre for research in English, Languages and Linguistics (CELL), which was established in 2014 as part of the Faculty’s new Humanities Research Centre (HRC).

CELL currently comprises 50 research-active staff and over 25 research students across two sites working in the areas of literary studies, creative writing, film studies and aspects of cultural theory.

Creative Writing, English Literature and Linguistics

Manchester Writing School

Manchester Metropolitan University is home to the Manchester Writing School, one of the most successful literary centres running in the UK today. The School’s Creative Director is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and she teaches alongside a team of distinguished practising writers and critics.

More than 60 of our graduates have embarked upon publishing careers, launching first books, with many more achieving publication in journals and magazines, winning writing awards and prizes, and setting up small presses and anthologies. The School has a strong Manchester presence, with links to many of the city’s major cultural and arts organisations, and also a global reach with students and alumni based across the UK and continental Europe, and in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australasia. The School hosts an ambitious suite of degree programmes and short courses, a vibrant series of public reading events, a leading programme of outreach activities, a major international writing competition and an annual festival of children’s literature.

Manchester Writing School