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English Literature, MPhil

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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

English Literature

Course type


Course Summary


A MPhil in English Literature enables you to undertake a substantial independent research project, which should be of a publishable standard. It takes three years full-time or six years part-time, and the MPhil takes two years full-time or four years part-time.

You submit a thesis of up to 90,000 words for PhD assessment and 60,000 words for MPhil assessment, demonstrating original research with a significant contribution to the subject area. This is followed by an oral examination of the thesis (a viva voce examination, or viva).

Related research groups:

the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO)
the Centre for research into Gender in Culture and Society (GENCAS)
Centre for Research into the English literature and language of Wales (CREW)

We offer supervision in most areas of literature from the middle ages to the present. Our particular research strengths include:

Welsh writing in English
American literature
Medieval, renaissance, eighteenth and nineteenth-century writing and culture
Modernism and postmodernism
Irish poetry
Contemporary literature
Critical and cultural theory
Science Fiction and Ecology/Environmentalism
Human-Animal Studies

Your project will be agreed in consultation with supervisors and we recommend these discussions are started before applying, to help draw up an initial proposal.

There are no taught PhD classes but upon request you may attend MA modules relevant to your thesis. You typically undertake a number of distinct but related research studies that ultimately form the basis of your dissertation.

You will develop and hone research skills needed for high-level work in any field of English literature, while skills and training programmes available on campus provide further support. You will have the opportunity to deliver presentations to research students and staff at departmental seminars, and at the College of Arts and Humanities Postgraduate conference.

You may also have the chance to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars from the second year, for which you receive training and payment. Financial support is also provided (subject to approval) for attending conferences or conducting research away from Swansea.

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 reported on postgraduate research in the department

The environment in the Department is ‘conducive to producing research of mostly at least internationally excellent and at its best world-leading quality

‘Arrangements for postgraduates were deemed of world-leading quality

‘There is clear evidence of the development of a research culture into which research students are fully integrated

‘There are excellent arrangements for support, training and employability’.

Different course options

Full time | Singleton Park Campus | 2 years | 01-OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


2 years

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Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

MPhil - You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject. As well as academic qualifications, Admissions decisions may be based on other factors, including (but not limited to): the standard of the research synopsis/proposal, performance at interview, intensity of competition for limited places, and relevant professional experience.

University information

Located on the stunning Swansea Bay coastline, this Welsh university provides easy access to the city centre, as well as to the beaches of the spectacular Gower Peninsula. Swansea has recently been named University of the Year by students at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, where it was also runner-up in the Postgraduate category. It’s also recognised as a UK top 30 research institution (Research Excellence Framework 2014). The...more

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