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English Literature (by Research)

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All programmes of study will be delivered in a dual way combining both online and face to face teaching as appropriate. Face to face teaching will be delivered in a blended format with no large lectures to begin with. Please visit our website for more information. The English Literature (by Research) programme is offered by Swansea University.

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An English Literature (by Research) programme at Swansea University  enables you to undertake a substantial independent research project of a publishable standard.

Your project will take one year full-time or two years part-time. It is suitable if you want to undertake a first research degree as an isolated culmination of taught studies, or if you are considering further research in form of a PhD.

You will submit a thesis of up to 40,000 words, 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).

As a research student of the  English Literature (by Research) programme at Swansea University, you are required to attend skills and training courses. You deliver presentations to research students and staff at departmental seminars, at the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June, and at the College of Arts and Humanities Postgraduate conference.

A number of research groups also offer focus and community for staff and postgraduates:

  •  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)

Programme Structure

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
  •   Gender
  •   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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

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On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. 
  • If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.5 in each component). 


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English Literature (by Research)
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