A PhD research degree in English Literature gives you the chance to pursue a major project based around your own passions and interests, which should be of publishable standard.
You will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet your supervisor fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. There are no taught PhD classes, but – on request - you may attend MA modules if relevant to your thesis. At the end of year 1, you attend a progression meeting with your supervisors and the Director of Postgraduate Research to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your research project. In your second and third year, you may send articles for publication in scholarly journals. From the second year, you may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars, for which you receive training and payment.
An MPhil in English Literature gives you the chance to pursue at length a research project inspired entirely by your own particular enthusiasms. The qualification would be a good preparation for proceeding to doctoral work. You will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet them fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter.
All research students in English are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. They have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.
The qualification may open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (in publishing, the media, the Civil Service, education, or education, for example).