English provides a nurturing environment for both individual and collaborative research: its permanent academic staff, together with a number of teaching and research fellows, cover a wide range of interests and periods.

Our openness to new critical theories and emerging areas of the discipline encourages a multiplicity of approaches. Main research interests include:

  • Old and Middle English
  • Romantic/Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Fiction
  • Modernism
  • 20th- and 21st-Century Literature, Culture and Film
  • Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Postcolonial
  • American Writing
  • Scottish Writing

Details of staff research interests are available on our English staff profile pages.

There is a lively research culture in the programme, including a regular postgraduate forum, visiting speakers, and an annual postgraduate conference held in Dundee. English hosts an annual conference of the Scottish Word and Image Group as well as a Comics Conference.

Research postgraduates are advised and trained, not only on the development of their ideas but also on matters of publication and career planning.

For more information about Research in English at Dundee, please visit the Humanities webpage.

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in all components, if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

English language pre-sessional programmes

We offer pre-sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study. These provide additional English language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.


AHRC Funded Scholarships

The University of Dundee is part of a consortium of eight Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland. Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium - comprised of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and Glasgow - will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects.

Full information is on our AHRC studentships webpage

PhD fees

Applying for a research degree

Use UCAS Postgraduate to apply for a research degree. Please read the guidance on filling in your UCAS Postgraduate application before proceeding with your application.

Apply here:

PhD opportunities

View PhD opportunities on the Humanities website

Creative Economies PhD studentship

Learn about our Doctoral training programmes

View University of Dundee PhD projects, programs & scholarships on FindaPhD.com


Dr Brian Hoyle
Telephone: +44 (0)1382 384417