PhD and MPhil Research

AHRC funding for UK/EU arts and humanities research students


The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five year period to excellent research students in the arts and humanities. The DTP, a collaboration between De Montfort University and the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, Birmingham and Birmingham City, provides research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career. 

The Departments of English Literature and English Language at De Montfort invite applications from students in any period of English from the medieval to the present day. Particular areas of research interest might include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

• Shakespeare Studies 
• Working-class Writing 
• Life Writing 
• Postcolonial Literatures 
• Literary/Critical Theory
• Women’s Writing 
• Literary Correspondence 
• Stylistics and Cognitive Poetics 
• Multimodality, Multimodal and Experimental Literature 
• Lexical semantics and lexicography 
The deadline for AHRC funding applications is 9 January 2014, by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have provided two references to a university within the DTP.

For full details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas, please visit or contact

Recent and current English PhD students

Recent PhD students have entered a range of careers, including lectureships at Columbia University, New York, University of Tuzla, University of Leeds, Bangor, Plymouth, Portsmouth, DMU and Bath. Others have succeeded to senior posts, such as Senior Lecturer in Library Services, De Montfort University.  

Our current English PhD students have published in The Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Adaptation, Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, Prose Studies, Journal of Cultural Research, Literature/Film Quarterly, A Companion to Literature, Film and Adaptation and Sherlock and transmedia fandom: Essays on the BBC series; and our Creative Writing PhD students have published in journals including Coffee House and Hearing Voices Magazine, anthologies including Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012), and have had plays and musicals professionally produced. They have won national competitions, had a pamphlet of stories published, and won Arts Council grants.

Many of our current PhD students are funded by prestigious funding bodies, including AHRC, DMU fees-only scholarship, DMU Institute create Technologies Bursary, and Saudi Arabian Government.

Publications by current and recent PhD students

Current PhD Students' Topics

For further details please contact:

Professor Gabriel Egan, E: 

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