Doctoral research supervision is available in the Institute of English Studies in the following broad areas:

  • Anglo-American Modernism
  • Anglo-Irish literature
  • Historical bibliography
  • History of authorship
  • History of the book
  • History of communication
  • History of readers and reading
  • Major authors (eg. T.S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney, James Joyce, Flann O'Brien, Shakespeare, A.G. Swinburne, W.B. Yeats)
  • Medieval manuscript studies and paleography
  • Modern literary manuscripts and genetic criticism
  • Publishing history
  • Reception history
  • The Industrial Revolution and literature
  • Textual scholarship, scholarly editing and historical bibliography

To make an application for a research degree, speak first to the manager of the Institute.  Your particular research interest may be able to be supported, even though it is not listed.

Research degrees can be completed on a full-time basis (up to four years) or on a part-time basis (up to seven years).

Before agreeing to accept you, the Institute will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application. Guidelines on drafting your research proposal.

Once in contact with the Institute, they will put you in touch with a potential supervisor. It is important that you discuss your outline research proposal with them, and that you feel that you can work together. Your supervisor will discuss any further development or re-focusing of your proposal before the formal application is taken to the Institute Research Degrees Committee for approval.