PhD Research

LJMU English offers a lively environment for research. Our expanding postgraduate community is an active one, organizing conferences, blogging about their research, attending our ‘postgraduate picnics’ to share both the pleasures and challenges of their work and participating in the research seminar series organized by the Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History. This seminar series gives students the opportunity to engage with speakers from other H.E. institutions in the U.K. and beyond on a wide range of topics. Professional development for postgraduates is supported by university-wide initiatives and by our involvement in the Vitae training programme. Our postgraduate researchers are given undergraduate teaching experience and training as part of their career progression and are encouraged and supported to present at conferences.

English at LJMU has supervisory expertise in a range of areas but we are particularly strong in nineteenth-century literary and cultural studies. Within that period we have a number of students working on the fin-se-siècle, on periodical publishing and on working-class writing. Contemporary fiction is another area of research strength, with expertise in gender studies, the neo-Victorian, adolescent literature and ecocriticism. With a track record of research in Irish and Scottish writing, the department has expanded its interest in postcolonial and world literature in both contemporary and eighteenth-contexts. We also welcome research students keen to work on travel writing, on memory and trauma, in the medical humanities, in American studies and in the relationship between art and the aesthetics of writing.

There are a number of different and competitive funding schemes offered by LJMU for postgraduate study.

For further details, please contact Professor Glenda Norquay via the form below.

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