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Centre for Research in English Studies

The School of English is a thriving research community that covers a broad range of areas, including literature, linguistics, creative writing and drama studies.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 77 per cent of our research was rated as either 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*). The REF panel judged 100 per cent of our impact beyond academia to be either 'outstanding' (4*) or 'very considerable' (3*), and ranked us in the top 20 English departments nationally for proportion of research outputs (books, articles, and software) at 3* or 4* level.

We offer PhD studentships through STEAM Scholarships and the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. These studentships cover the full cost of fees for the doctoral programme and a full-time student stipend for living expenses.

Our work is grouped into the following areas: