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PGR-RA-57

Expertise of research area
18th century literature; American literature; creative writing and performance; drama and theatre studies; English language; environmental literature; Medieval and Early Modern; new humanities; postcolonial literature; Romantic Literature; Victorian literature


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<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Undertaking a PhD gives you the opportunity to explore in depth a topic that interests you, while also making a valuable contribution to your chosen field.<br /> <br /> With expert guidance, you&amp;rsquo;ll conduct an extensive independent research project and use your findings to produce an original piece of research.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>You&rsquo;ll gain advanced knowledge of your chosen subject and develop a range of skills that&rsquo;ll prepare you for specialist career paths both inside and outside of academia.</p> <p>As a postgraduate researcher&nbsp;with us, you&rsquo;ll join a diverse and welcoming community that participates fully in the intellectual and social life of the wider University through events, research groups and other activities.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll have access to numerous funding, training, and development opportunities that&rsquo;ll both support your studies and prepare you for life after graduation.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as Leeds Playhouse, Opera North, and Ilkley Literature Festival, as well as our links with universities around the world.</p> <h3>Areas of supervision</h3> <p>We offer expert supervision in a wide range of specialisms, and also participate in joint supervision with other subject areas to support interdisciplinary research.</p> <p>You can <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125026/research">explore our research</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/people/20040/school_of_english/">view our staff list</a>&nbsp;to see the breadth of expertise available. We have particular strengths in:</p> <ul> <li> <p>American literature and culture</p> </li> <li> <p>Critical and cultural theory</p> </li> <li> <p>Drama and theatre studies</p> </li> <li> <p>Eighteenth-century and Romantic literature</p> </li> <li> <p>English language (corpus, forensic and ethnographic linguistics, stylistics)</p> </li> <li> <p>Medieval and Early Modern</p> </li> <li> <p>Modern and contemporary (British and Irish)</p> </li> <li> <p>New humanities (medical, environmental, digital, digital editing)</p> </li> <li> <p>Postcolonial literature and culture</p> </li> <li> <p>Victorian literature</p> </li> </ul> <p>You may also be looking for:</p> <ul> <li> <p>English language learning and education in the <a href="http://essl.leeds.ac.uk/education">School of Education</a></p> </li> <li> <p>Linguistics and phonetics in the <a href="http://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/languages">School of Languages, Cultures and Societies</a></p> </li> </ul> <h3>Practice-led research</h3> <p>Our School is home to many creative practitioners, and we offer expert supervision in creative writing and performance-based theatre studies. You&rsquo;ll conduct your research through both a body of creative work and a thesis providing context and critical commentary.</p> <h3>Part time study</h3> <p>You can study for a PhD with us part time, allowing you to fit your degree around work and other commitments.&nbsp;</p> <h3>PhD by Distance Learning</h3> <p>It is possible to study for a PhD by Distance Learning, for further information contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:m.spencer@leeds.ac.uk?subject=PhD%20by%20Distance%20Learning">Dr Mic Spencer</a>, Head of the Graduate School.</p> <h3>Facilities and resources</h3> <p>Leeds University Library is one of the UK&rsquo;s major academic research libraries, and has extensive holdings to support your studies including <a href="http://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1500/special_collections">Special Collections</a>&nbsp;offering a huge range of rare books, manuscripts and art.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll also have access to our theatre spaces, which between them offer multiple configurations, a wardrobe department, a technical suite, and a set construction workshop.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">online</a>. Please state clearly the research area you are interested in.</p> <p>Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures<br /> The minimum English language requirements for Schools in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component.</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the School of English.<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:englishpgr@leeds.ac.uk">englishpgr@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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