The Department of English is pleased to offer a number of AHRC BGP Studentships and Queen Mary Principal’s Studentships for entry to its PhD Programme in September 2013 to candidates wishing to develop a PhD in any area of the Department’s research expertise.
The Department is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading centres for literary research and English studies. The research and teaching interests of our staff span a wide range of periods from the classical to the contemporary, and we have an international reputation for our pioneering interdisciplinary and collaborative work attracting postgraduate students from all over the world. We have specialists who can offer supervision in the following periods of study: Classical and Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern, Eighteenth Century and Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Modern and Contemporary and Postcolonial. Many of the Department’s staff are known internationally for their work. They bring to their teaching and project supervision expertise in the most recent developments in research methodologies and an awareness of current directions in research. We have a large thriving graduate community with a significant number of PhD projects supported by AHRC and Queen Mary awards.
Making An Application: You will need to make a formal application to the Department via the College Admissions Office. To do this you have to complete the application form; write a full research proposal (1500 words maximum) and statement of purpose (one side, A4); supply a current academic CV; send two references, which should be by academics wherever possible; and supply your university transcripts. Please consult the College Admissions website and the Department guidelines on how to apply for more detailed information.
- Your hardcopy or electronic version of the College application form should be sent direct to the College Admissions Office along with all accompanying material.
- The statement of purpose (one side, A4) should be used by candidates to provide information which is not necessarily contained in their Research Proposal. This can include: previous academic and other experience relevant to their proposed research; why the candidate wishes to undertake their specific research at Queen Mary, and how it might fit with the research interests and strengths of their chosen Department/School, and supervisor(s); what research training and professional preparation the candidate has already received, and what further training they think they will need to complete the doctorate; and what ethical issues (if any) need to be considered in undertaking the research.
- Where you are asked to specify your research group, please put classical, medieval, early modern, eighteenth-century, Romanticism, nineteenth-century, modern or postcolonial.
- All applicants will be interviewed before they are offered a place.
The Awards: Queen Mary Principal’s Studentships are open to suitably qualified candidates from the UK, EU and Overseas. The Studentship comprises of the full cost of (home or overseas) fees and £15,590 a year for maintenance for 3 years for London-based students.
AHRC Studentships are open to suitably qualified candidates from the UK and EU. The Studentship comprises of the full cost of fees and £15,590 a year for maintenance for 3 years for London-based students. For eligibility requirements please consult the AHRC’s guidelines.
Applicants do not need to submit separate applications if eligible for both Studentships, just indicate in your application that you would like to be considered for both.
Application Deadline: The deadline for Studentship applications is 5pm on Thursday 31 January 2013. All short-listed applicants will be interviewed (either face-to-face or, in the case of overseas candidates, by telephone or skype) and applicants must be available for interview between 11 February – 1 March 2013 (specific dates are yet to be confirmed) .
Further Information: For further information please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Jerry Brotton
IMPORTANT: If you have not completed an MA by the time you make your application, if successful you will be offered a conditional place. This will normally be conditional on your successfully completing the MA and gaining at least one mark at Distinction level.
Application Deadline : 31 January 2013