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Studying here

Choose Southampton and you will become part of a strong postgraduate research and taught student community, work collaboratively with internationally-respected academics and be a part world-leading research as it happens. If you choose to study at Southampton you will gain access to state-of-the-art facilities, expert support services and a wide range of training and development opportunities.

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How to Apply

Find out more about the postgraduate application process.

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Discover our accommodation options and how you can apply.

Postgraduate study in English at Southampton

Our research covers a wide chronological range, from the early Middle Ages to contemporary writing, and is interdisciplinary in its approach. We are active in a number of research centres within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities: the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations. In September 2012 we launched a new research centre, the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-century Research (SCNR) which is focused on the 'long nineteenth century' (1789-1914). We also have a special link with the Chawton House Library, which specialises in eighteenth century women’s writing. Postgraduate study at Southampton is research-led, and benefits from the expertise of our wide range of academic staff.


For all up-to-date information on activities and events for all new postgraduate students visit the Welcome website.

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Supporting your studies

Our first-class postgraduate induction programme will help you work both safely and effectively from the outset. You will have training in research skills and will benefit from one-to-one academic mentoring and support throughout your studies. If you are a research postgraduate student, your tutor or supervisor will help you to draw up a personal development plan to make sure you are equipped for the challenges ahead.

Help and support

Part of the research community

You will become part of a thriving postgraduate community within English and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Postgraduates are encouraged to help organize, attend and present at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities annual GradNet conference and can submit to the postgraduate journal, emergence. Postgraduates in English also participate in our varied programme of research seminars, run through our research centres and are represented on English's dynamic and committed Staff Student Liaison Committee.

Research today is often driven by international collaborations, both formal and informal, and we aim to offer you the opportunity to travel during your PhD. Meeting academics from all over the world, through presenting your own work at national and international conferences, you will become part of a global research community.

The city

Southampton University is a lively university in a thriving, historic, culturally rich and well-connected city. The city's superb artistic and cultural institutions include the campus-based John Hansard Gallery and Nuffield Theatre, with which English works particularly closely. Closer to the city's walled medieval centre, you can also visit outstanding venues such as the Sea City Museum and the outstanding Southampton City Art Gallery. For more information and a guided virtual tour of Highfield and Avenue campuses, click here.

During my undergraduate and postgraduate studies I have received constant support, encouragement and inspiration from staff and students.

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