Postgraduate study

We offer a wide range of study programmes at postgraduate level and welcome applications for PhD study. You will have the opportunity to learn with acknowledged experts and have the chance to research and explore this area of study.

English MA

The English MA at DMU provides you with an opportunity to design and pursue your own personal arts study programme at master’s level, while being supported and supervised by leading national and international scholars.

The programme allows you to study in a way that is most appropriate to your own individual circumstances, and has been designed to suit your preferred learning style(s). You can take up to 90 credits from our taught postgraduate provision, while the rest of the programme will be completed through negotiated learning agreements.

MA/MPhil/PhD Research

The Centre for Adaptations provides full facilities for PhD research students, including full supervisory support, an extensive range of archival sources and relationships.

For more information please contact:

UK Study enquiries: 0116 250 6070
International study enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

A PhD bursary, "Literary and Dramatic Adaptation: New Approaches and New Kinds of Evidence", is currently being offered at De Montfort University in Leicester. What’s on offer to the best candidate is the payment of all PhD tuition fees plus the award of a maintenance grant of 14,057 GBP per year for three years.
Applications are invited in the area of adaptations and the new technologies, ranging from the adaptations of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Austen, Dickens and Gothic adaptations. The proposed PhD project will bring together the study of adaptation with computational methods and training will be offered in the computational methods to be employed.
The adaptations side of the project will be supervised within the Centre for Adaptations (Director: Prof Deborah Cartmell) and the
computational side within the Centre for Textual Studies (Director: Prof Gabriel Egan).
Further details and instructions on how to apply are at:
Informal enquiries can be made to or


AHRC Midlands3Cities funding for UK/EU students

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP) is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham. M3C is awarding up to 87 PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2017 entry. M3C provides research candidates with expert supervision (including opportunities for cross-institutional supervision), research training and access to a wide range of facilities, cohort events and placement opportunities with regional, national and international partners in the creative and cultural sectors. 

The Centre for Adaptations at the De Montfort University  is inviting applications from students whose research interests include:

Adapting the early modern

Biopic adaptations

Shakespeare and film

Adapting authors

Popular and canonical adaptations of literary texts

Postmodern adaptation

Adaptation and screenwriting

Adaptation as collaboration

The deadline for M3C funding applications is 16 January 2017, by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted to the home university on the correct M3C form. 

For full details of eligibility, funding, proposal-writing workshops and research supervision areas (including use of the supervision search tool) please visit or contact

Research students

The Centre for Adaptations has a number of current research students:

  • Abigail Richardson
  • Anna Blackwell
  • Ashley Polasek
  • Barclay Rafferty
  • Dave Cliffe
  • Gary Forster
  • Lucy Hobbs
  • Sandra Frost
  • Stuart Knott
  • Helen Potter

For information about our Doctoral Training Programme, Textual History and Culture in the Digital Age click here.

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