In addition to a number of excellent training opportunities offered by the University, our Ph D students can take additional subject-specific training and take part in the School’s ‘Cultures in Contact’ seminar series, which provides a valuable opportunity to meet visiting scholars whose work connects with our own research strengths across literature, theory, and creative writing.The professional development of postgraduate researchers is supported by the Doctoral College, which provides training in essential skills through its Researcher Development Programme of workshops, mentoring and coaching.We’re at the forefront of new knowledge in fields including literature, translation, language, linguistics, creative writing, and film studies.
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After 12-15 months, you’ll submit a substantial piece of work for a confirmation examination.
The examination will be conducted by two internal members of staff not on your supervisory team, and will give you the opportunity to gain additional guidance on your research-to-date.
Our Ph D in English will train you in critical and analytical skills, research methods, and knowledge that will equip you for your professional or academic career.
It normally takes around three or four years to complete our full-time Ph D.In your first year, you’ll refine your research proposal and plan the structure of your work with the guidance and support of your supervisors.As you go into your second and third year, you’ll gradually learn to work more independently, and your supervisors will guide you on how to present at conferences and get your work published.Any start date other than October will attract a pro-rata fee for that year of entry (75 per cent for January, 50 per cent for April and 25 per cent for July).Overseas students applying for 2018 entry should note that annual fees will rise by 4% rounded up to the nearest £100.A dedicated postgraduate Careers and Employability team will help you prepare for a successful career after the completion of your Ph D.Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.In particular, we explore: the work of living writers; the tradition and future of innovative writing; the environment and climate change; the nature of publishing as an innovative and radical political enterprise; medical humanities; literature and the body; questions of literary and political freedom; and distinctions between ‘genre’ and ‘literary’ fiction.Our diverse mix of subject specialities means we’re a vibrant and imaginative community with lots of opportunity for intellectual exchange.Our research in modern and contemporary writing is diverse, and includes both literary-critical and creative work.Our approach to contemporary writing encourages the connection between creative artists and literary critics and theorists.