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MPhil English Specialisms

Course Description

MPhil/PhD-level study is for English graduates, currently without a masters degree or equivalent postgraduate experience, who want to develop their knowledge of a specific area of English studies to a high level of academic achievement.

The MPhil/PhD is largely non-taught and your main submission will be a thesis written under the supervision of a member of staff (the director of studies) with expertise in the area chosen. Additional support is available from other internal/external academics. Your thesis will be a piece of original research that makes a significant contribution to scholarly knowledge in your particular field of study.

The broad topic to be investigated will be defined by you with more specific details agreed through discussion with the director of studies.

Particular areas of expertise in the department are the work of Virginia Woolf, women’s writing in the 19th and 20th centuries, Modernism, children’s literature, and literary and cultural theory.

Available Projects

Projects are available in the areas detailed in the 'research topics' section, above. Before submitting a formal application you should contact the postgraduate research degree admissions tutor in English to discuss the area in which you wish to work.

A more detailed proposal of a research topic will then be agreed between you and the supervisor(s) as part of the formal application process.

Visit the MPhil English Specialisms page on the University of Bolton website for more details!

Student Profiles

Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship - 3 Awards

The Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship can be awarded to full-time UK, EU, and International Masters students, irrespective of their financial means.In order to receive this Scholarship, applicants must have completed and submitted an application form which can be downloaded from http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance Please note that this Scholarship is only available to students undertaking their first Masters course.For more information about this scholarship please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance or contact the Student Funding Advisor, Karen Bentley on 01204 903497

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must have been awarded a First-Class Honours Degree (or equivalent) from a UK or EU institution.
You must be studying a full-time taught masters at the University of Bolton campus in Bolton.
You must not be in receipt of any other offer, i.e. Alumni Discount or any other fee reduction.
You must not be in receipt of any other kind of sponsorship towards your tuition fees, for example from an employer.
The course of study must have commenced in September 2014 or later.

Application Procedure

In order to receive the scholarship towards fees students must have completed the Masters Excellence Scholarship application form, which can be downloaded from http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance Please return the form with photocopies of your certificates to:Masters Excellence Scholarship Scheme,
Student Centre,
Chancellor's Mall,
University of Bolton,
Deane Road, Bolton. BL3 5ABTel: +44 (0)1204 903497 / +44 (0)1204 903499
Email: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please visit the Postgraduate Research Degrees web page for details at View Website

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