English at Dundee is strongly research orientated, and a full 90% of our research publications between 2001 and 2007 were rated as of international excellence in terms of their 'originality, significance and rigour'. 45% of our research output was rated in the two very highest categories of 'international excellence'.

Research degrees

  • PhD (Doctorate) by Supervised Research

This is a three year degree full-time or four years part-time. It is examined by a thesis of 80,000 - 100,000 words, on a topic of your choice (providing we have the staff expertise and resources). 

AHRC funding for PhDs now requires that you take a taught Masters degree first.

  • MPhil (Master's Degree) by Supervised Research

This is a two year degree full-time or up to four years part-time. It is examined by a thesis of around 40,000 words, on a topic of your choice (providing we have the staff expertise and resources to supervise it).

Visit our research interests webpage for details of our expertise

Find out more about our postgraduate culture and why you should choose Dundee for English

Your application

To find out:

  • academic entrance requirements
  • English Language requirements
  • fees information
  • how to apply

Visit the English and Creative Writing Research webpage on the online University Prospectus


AHRC funding

AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) funded doctoral studentship places are available in the School of Humanities.  This is a fantastic opportunity to have your PhD tuition fees paid (UK & EU students) plus receive a yearly maintenance grant (UK students only).  Applications are invited from new and current students (in first year of study if full-time or up to second year if part-time).  

Full details available from the AHRC studentship webpage.

Read about our current AHRC students.


Creative Economies PhD Studentship

Education, Wider Participation and Transitions to Creative Economies Employment

We are offering an exciting opportunity to study for a PhD at the University of Dundee, investigating the routes to careers in the Creative Economies. The successful candidate will conduct a three-year study, and will be involved in public engagement activities to share knowledge and expertise gained from the project.

This PhD project will investigate how school children in Dundee perceive and pursue employment opportunities in the creative economies, and the extent to which the local Higher Education institutions are seen by pupils, parents and teachers as a route to such careers. The aim is to understand perceptions of higher education and the creative economies, and to inform policy and provision at University level to enhance recruitment, improve wider participation, and ease transitions from school to Higher Education, and from Higher Education to employment in the creative economies. The project will also explore the wider benefits that come from education with an emphasis on creativity, and from aggregating networks that link schools, HEIs, third sector partners, and the creative economies. 

Find out more about the Creative Economies PhD Studentship


AHRC NPIF Studentship in Artificial Intelligence

What we dream comes to fruition - diversity, artificial intelligence, and science fiction

With support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), and the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) we were delighted to announce a fully funded PhD studentship opportunity in 2018 for a project focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data-Driven Research.

This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to conduct a three-year study of science fiction (SF) narratives about artificial intelligence, whilst gaining practical experience of real-world problems through co-operation with our non-academic partners.

The recruited student will take part in public engagement and creative writing activities to share knowledge and expertise from the project. Applications for this studentship closed in August 2018.