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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="">explore our research</a>&nbsp;and <a href="">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="">School of Education</a></p> </li> <li> <p>Linguistics and phonetics in the <a href="">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="">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="">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>

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<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made <a href="">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>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

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