We offer MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees in English.
You can study an MPhil or an MRes over the course of one year or a PhD over three years.
You can study whichever option you'd like in any of our five research areas:
- Gender Studies
- Literary Linguistics
- Literature, Culture & Place
- Journalism & Creative Writing
- Renaissance Studies
We've particular expertise in the historical novel, writing for children, radio drama, lyric and ekphrastic poetry (a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art).
The MRes in creative writing is an opportunity to work on an extended project (up to 30,000 words) under the supervision of a successful, published author.
English language & literature
Postgraduates in English language and literature will be supervised by researchers with international reputations in a range of fields, from the Renaissance period to the present day.
Our areas of expertise include:
- literary linguistics
- culture and place (especially Scotland, Canada and the modern city)
- inter-disciplinary areas such as animal studies, popular and middlebrow cultures, and digital humanities
Journalism, Media & Communication
We have considerable experience in PhD supervision and welcome new applicants, particularly within our four key areas of research:
- Gender and Media
- Political Communications
- Social Media
- Media, Health, Wellbeing & Trauma
Recent and current PhD projects supervised by Journalism, Media and Communication studies colleagues include: gender and politics in the Scottish public sphere; fandom, media and gender in Scottish women’s football; transcultural fandom and K-pop; rape discourse on social media; beauty norms in anti-violence campaigns; the history of the feminist anti-violence movement in Scotland; female cannibalism in literature and film; female supporting roles in Hollywood; and the real and mediatised beach body.
Our research & expertise
We're home to the British Animal Studies Network and the University-funded research cluster on 'Literature, Culture and Place/Digital Humanities'.
We've strong research and supervision links with the departments of Architecture, Psychology and the Business School.
Our postgraduate students organise conferences. Recently they held a conference called 'Oscillate! Metamodernism and the Humanities: Critical and Creative Practice', as well as two creative writing conferences, one in the context of the literary festival Aye Write. Students also present their work at our 'Languages and Literatures' research seminar.
Postgraduate students have also organised a literary competition that responds to the University’s collection of scientific instruments. Students edit the peer-reviewed journal, Ecloga, participate in staff-graduate reading and writing groups and in the high profile series of visiting talks organised by the Keith Wright Literary Fellow.
We're a member of the European Doctoral Network in Culture, Criticism and Creativity, which hosts regular seminars in London, Berlin and Copenhagen. The community of creative writers at Strathclyde also benefit from regular visits by industry professionals, including literary agents and TV editors.
Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) programme
As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD).
This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.
It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:
- the knowledge & intellectual abilities to conduct your research
- the personal qualities to succeed in your research & chosen career
- the standards, requirements & conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
- working with others & communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences
All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.
MRes Interdisciplinary Excellence Award: ‘Space-making: pop-up festivals as transformers of library spaces’
The University of Strathclyde is pleased to invite applications from excellent candidates for this MRes (master’s by research) Interdisciplinary Excellence Award, commencing in October 2018.