Having the chance to contribute to a developing area of scholarship is very exciting.
As a Surrey postgraduate research student, you will work in the collegial environment of the School of English and Languages. You will have full access to a range of services to support and develop your writing and research skills, including the University’s Researcher Development programme.
At the core of our PhD programmes are the regular meetings that you will have with your supervisors. For us, writing is key to understanding and developing new perspectives: you will be submitting written work from the very start. In the first year, you will – with the guidance and support of your supervisors – lay the foundations of your research by refining your research proposal, engaging with the literature and planning the structure of your work, based on an agreed timetable. Throughout your studies we are committed to thinking about your long-term career as well as your time at the University.
Key to the planning of your work is training in generic skills (for example, giving presentations and managing your time) as well as participation in a module in research methods. You will gradually learn to work more independently as you progress into your second and third years, or the equivalent for part-time students. Your supervisors will guide you on how to present at conferences and the process of getting published.
We particularly welcome topics that cross discipline boundaries.
The School of English and Languages carries out fresh, innovative, world-leading research across the fields of literature, writing and linguistics. With a strong focus on research and writing in international contexts, we provide a network of research links and support for your professional or academic career.
Key research areas include:
As a member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, our highest quality students may be eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver). Faculty studentships are also available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study. Please see the Faculty studentships webpage for further information.
October, January, April, July
A good first degree (a minimum 2.1 or equivalent) and an MA in a relevant topic. In exceptional cases, students with a good first degree will be considered for Creative Writing where there is a substantial or promising creative portfolio. Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, are subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.
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Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 7.0 in the Writing component.
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
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Please note these fees are for the academic year 2015/16 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.
The University of Surrey has been ranked sixth in this year’s Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.
Our Pre-Sessional English language programmes are designed as intensive English preparation for international students who are planning to study on a degree programme at either the University of Surrey or at another UK institution and wish to improve their language skills. Our programmes last 12, 8 or 5 weeks depending on your level of English language. They're also a great way to meet fellow students and acclimatise to life in the UK.
"Having the chance to contribute to a developing area of scholarship is very exciting."