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:
- 20th and 21st-century popular culture
- Victorian, Edwardian and Neo-Victorian
- Scottish studies
- gender and sexuality
- animal studies
- life writing
- periodical/newspaper culture
- linguistic and cognitive literary studies
Recent and current PhD projects supervised by English Studies include the representation of animals in the illustrated police news; the impact of the discovery of neanderthals on literary culture in the late nineteenth century; the concept of the will in renaissance writing; Alexander Trocchi; Nathaniel Hawthorne; a cognitive approach to spatial patterning in novels; metaphors and L2 learners of English.
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
Postgraduate students at Strathclyde are part of the Scottish Graduate School in Arts and Humanities, and have been involved in organising postgraduate conferences for the Graduate School. There have been postgraduate symposia on interdisciplinarity and animal studies, and a postgraduate creative writing workshop in animal studies.
Colleagues in English are active in researching writing about the experience of travel, from tourism to migration and refuge. This work is part of a critical engagement with how we can revise ideas about heritage in transnational contexts that challenge ‘authentic’ connections to place or memory. Churnjeet Mahn is currently working on monograph analysing queer travel and tourism in contemporary postcolonial writing and is leading a strand of a major AHRC grant on lost memories and experiences of Partition in Punjab.
We maintain a strong research base in Scottish Studies, with particular interests in popular culture and the recovery of lost Scottish writing. Recent works that have come out of this research include Professor Kirstie Blair’s anthology of Scottish Victorian working class poetry, Poets of the People’s Journal, Dr David Goldie’s anthology of Scottish war poetry, From the Line: Scottish War Poetry 1914-1945, and the accompanying book Scottish War Poetry 1914-1945; and Dr Eleanor Bell’s The Scottish Sixties: Reading, Rebellion, Revolution? and The International Writers’ Conference Revisited: Edinburgh, 1962. Current and recent projects relating to this work include Professor Blair’s AHRC-funded Piston, Pen & Press: Literary Cultures in the Industrial Workplace and Carnegie-funded The People's Voice: Scottish political poetry, song and the franchise. We have also hosted a number of funded doctoral projects in this area, including the AHRC-funded Poetry, Song and Community in the Industrial City: Victorian Dundee, Industrial Workers as Readers: Libraries, Reading Rooms and the Industrial Workplace in the Long Nineteenth Century, and The People’s Friend? Recovering Scottish Popular Magazine Culture.
Colleagues in English, Creative Writing and in Journalism work closely together and with colleagues in History and Languages, all of which are contained within the same School of Humanities. Students are co-supervised across different subject areas within the School, as well as across the University and with English and History departments in other Scottish universities.
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.