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Postgraduate Studies


English at Queen's has a long and distinguished history. Though the School of English is perhaps best known for the study of Anglo-Irish literature, it also has major strengths in all other fields of contemporary English Studies, including Medieval and Renaissance literature, modern literature in English, Creative Writing, and several areas of English language study.

MA Funding for Autumn 2015 Entry

MA studentships

Home/EU Applicants

There will be TEN fee-only awards for September 2015 entry, 5 awards each of £5,000 and 5 awards each of £2,500. Applications submitted between now and 30 June 2015 will be considered. Applicants are responsible for informing the School of their final BA results before the deadline of 30 June 2015. In many cases, this will involve updating the transcript which was submitted earlier in the year with the initial application. 

International Applicants

There will be TWO fee-only awards for September 2015 entry, each worth £12,500.  Applications submitted between now and 2nd February 2015 will be considered.

How to Apply

Students should apply on-line via the university’s Prospective Student Portal.

For further queries, contact Dr Eamonn Hughes or PG secretary Linda Drain.

The deadline for self-funded MA places is Friday 31st July 2015.

PhD Funding for Autumn 2015 Entry

The School of English invites applications for its funded PhD Awards. These PhD studentships – funded by the AHRC and by DEL – will offer fees and maintenance (c.£17,5000) per annum, for the 3 years of PhD study. 

Applications are invited in all aspects of English studies: literary studies, language and linguistics, and creative writing. Please see the School’s web-pages for further details of staff research interests.

Applicants must submit a sample piece of writing (3,000-5,000 words); a thesis proposal (consisting of a description of the project, 750 words maximum, an indicative bibliography and a summary of 250 words maximum); and the names and contact details of two referees.

The Awards

International Applicants

The School of English has one PhD studentship for an exceptional international student to begin their studies in September 2015.

Students from outside the UK/EU who wish to undertake doctoral study with the School of English should apply through the university’s Prospective Student Portal by 2 February 2015 in order to be considered for this funding.

There is no separate application process for the studentship, but please indicate in the appropriate section of the form that you wish to be considered for funding.

In addition to the application form, applicants for the PhD are required to provide the following:

1.) A sample of writing (3,000 – 5,000 words maximum). For applications for a PhD in Creative Writing, this must be a sample of creative writing in the chosen genre. For applications for a PhD in literary or linguistics study, this should be a critical essay in a related field.

2.) A thesis proposal (750 words maximum); an indicative bibliography; a summary of the proposal (250 words maximum).

3.) Details (including email addresses) of two academic referees who would be prepared to respond promptly to calls for references.

Please note: the on-line form requires candidates to upload a transcript of their BA grades and MA grades (where available). The on-line form permits candidates to upload only one piece of supporting documentation (under ‘Proposal / Supplementary Work’), so the submissions referred to as numbers 1 and 2 above should be placed within the one file for uploading.

The studentship offered is a three year studentship for September 2015 entry, worth £24,500 annually, £12,500 in fees and £12,000 in maintenance.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Eamonn Hughes or Dr Daniel Roberts


AHRC 'Northern Bridge' Awards

Queen’s University, Belfast is part of the AHRC ‘Northern Bridge’ Consortium with Durham and Newcastle Universities. In the application year 2014-15 there are approximately 50 doctoral awards available in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This is an open competition with no quotas for subjects or Universities, and awards will be made on a competitive basis across the three Universities. For further information, see the Consortium Website.  The duration of awards is three years for full-time and six years for part-time students. Awards comprise a full tuition fee waiver, a maintenance grant set at the AHRC’s national rate and access to a Research Training Support Grant administered centrally by the Consortium. Students should familiarise themselves with the AHRC’s terms and conditions for award-holders.  

Eligible students (UK/EU) who wish to study in the School of English must ensure that they apply to the School via Queen’s Online Portal and follow the instructions there. If you wish to be considered for AHRC funding, you must quote the code AH13 on your application in the relevant box. In addition to the Queen’s online application form, students are asked to submit the following:

  1. Current CV
  2. Contact details of two references (students do not need to upload references themselves)
  3. Transcript of previous qualifications
  4. Letter of support from collaborative partner (only if applicable)
  5. Portfolio of Work (Creative Writing Students only)

Students who wish to be considered for AHRC funding must also complete the  AHRC BGP2 Nomination Form . There are two sections of the form, A and B. Students should complete section A themselves. Section B should be completed in collaboration with a member of academic staff. This section includes your research proposal (max. 750 words). If you are intending to apply for AHRC funding, it is imperative that you contact a member of staff in your subject area as soon as possible. If you are unsure of who to contact, please get in touch with Dr Eamonn Hughes in the first instance. 

Deadline for submission to be confirmed.


DEL Open PhD Awards

The School of English will have a number of DEL open awards, for research to be undertaken in any area in which the school has expertise, for October 2015 start.  These PhD studentships will offer fees and maintenance (c.£17,5000) per annum, for the 3 years of PhD study.  

Deadline for submission to be confirmed.


DEL Themed PhD Awards

The School anticipates having a number of DEL themed PhD awards.  Please revisit this page, and watch the School of English homepage and social media pages, for announcements.

The deadline for applications is to be confirmed. Applications for the DEL awards will then be ranked in the School and successful candidates notified in spring 2015. 


How to Apply

Students should apply on-line via the university’s Prospective Student Portal.  For further queries, contact Dr Eamonn Hughes or PG secretary Linda Drain.

The deadline for self-funded PhD places is Friday 31st July 2015

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