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The School of English has research expertise in all fields of English Literature and Language, but particular strengths in medieval studies, Shakespeare, the Renaissance, the eighteenth century, Romanticism, the Victorian period, American literature, textual editing, science fiction, modern poetry , discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and language teaching methodology. A rating of 5** (the highest possible) was obtained in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, and a grading of ‘Excellent’ in the 1995 HEFCE Teaching Quality Assessment.
The School of English awards two studentships each year to Home and EU students. The value of the studentships is £2,000 which is off-set against fees. Application is by letter (preferably by e-mail) to the Director of Graduate Studies. Deadline for applications is 30 July 2008.
Members of the School include general editors of major projects such as the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the Longman Pope, the Longman Shelley, and the Records of Early English Drama. Library resources are excellent, reflecting our century-long tradition of scholarship and research. In addition to the substantial holdings of books and periodicals, all English books printed before 1642 are available on microfilm. The School of English founded the Gladstone Centre for Victorian Studies in Wales and the North West in collaboration with St Deiniol’s Library, Hawarden. St Deiniol’s houses an impressive collection of 19th century material, and our students benefit from this collection as well as the regular events and residential colloquia hosted there. The School also established and runs the interdisciplinary Liverpool University Centre for Victorian Studies. The Sydney Jones Library also houses the collection of the Science Fiction Foundation, the largest of its kind in Europe, with related collections in the same field and the recent Science Fiction Hub is administered from Liverpool. The Liverpool English Texts and Studies series has included many distinguished books and editions, especially in the fields of the Renaissance and Romanticism. The Liverpool University Press Science Fiction Texts and Studies series is edited in the School and publishes work by international specialists in the field. The Byron Journal is also edited in the School.
Computing facilities are offered, and programmes in computer-based editorial research and textual analysis are being developed.
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We've designed this programme for teachers, teacher trainers and materials writers, researchers and administrators in the field of Foreign Language Teaching (particularly English as a Foreign Language). Read more
The General Pathway offers a flexible and bespoke route of MA study, allowing you take modules from across other MA English Literature pathways (Renaissance and Eighteenth Century, Victorian, Modern and Contemporary and Science Fiction). Read more
Your postgraduate studies on the Modern and Contemporary Literature MA pathway will be shaped and informed by leading international researchers in the literature and culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Read more
The Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century Literature MA pathway draws upon the Department's significant research and teaching strengths in these periods. Read more
Whether you simply enjoy Victorian literature or are looking to prepare for further research, the Victorian Literature MA pathway provides comprehensive training in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Read more
This is the ideal programme if you’d like to teach English as a foreign language or are already doing so but would like more training. Read more