PhD English Literature, Language and Creative Writing

Newcastle University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Project type: Open

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PhD supervision draws upon our established areas of research expertise which are:

American literature and culture

Fiction and poetry from the nineteenth century to the present; early and contemporary film; modernism and postmodernism; globalisation.

Childrens literature

From the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

Colonial and postcolonial studies

South Asian, African and Caribbean, and diasporic writing during and after empire; postcolonial theory.

Digital mediaSensor-based interactivity with media; mobile media; user experience and ethnographic study of technology; new media installation and exhibition; public screens; physical computing; exhibition design.

Eighteenth-century and Romantic studies

Trans-Atlantic and early American literature; womens writing; eighteenth-century and Romantic fiction, especially Austen, Blake and Scott; political writing of the 1790s; childrens literature; second-generation Romanticism, especially Shelley.

Film and television

National and transnational cinemas (Hollywood, British, French, Spanish, Latin American, Middle Eastern and Chinese); stardom; gender; popular genres; the origins of cinema, audiences and documentary film.


European, American and African-American modernisms; haptic modernism; modernism and the archive; Virginia Woolf; First World War Studies; modernism and cinema; modernism and empire.

Modern and contemporary British writing

Postwar British fiction; black and British Asian literature; postwar British film; detective fiction; psychoanalysis, memory and trauma theory; Holocaust literature; war and culture.

Nineteenth-century and Victorian studies

The nineteenth-century novel; British decadence; childhood and children's literature; transatlantic literature and politics; periodical publishing; women's writing; early nineteenth-century poetry; republicanism, radicalism and literature.

Performance and film.


Renaissance and early modern studies

Tudor literature; rhetoric; the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; Civil War writing; forms of life-writing; manuscript studies and the history of the book; womens writing; literature and colonialism.



For more information about staff specialisms please see the School's website.


Our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School provides training in professional/key skills and research techniques, and hosts postgraduate events.

The School also encourages you to attend and to present papers you have written at its regular postgraduate seminars. International literary and linguistic scholars contribute to our visiting speakers programmes.

For more information about staff specialisms please see the School's website.


An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in English. PhD applicants also require a master's degree.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0, Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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