Postgraduate Research

The Department offers the following postgraduate research degrees in English, Australian Literature and Creative Writing:

Doctor of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Master of Arts (Research)

Around 100 students are enrolled in research degrees in the Department of English at the University of Sydney. On application for a research degree, the availability of an appropriate supervisor must be taken into consideration. Funding is available on a competitive basis to assist research students with travel to archives and to academic conferences.

The postgraduate program is also affiliated with the Institute of World Literature run out of Harvard University, and sends two students to the IWL’s summer seminars annually. Graduates from our postgraduate research program currently teach at a variety of universities both locally (University of New South Wales, University of Western Sydney, Macquarie, Australian Catholic University), nationally (University of Queensland, Murdoch, James Cook University, University of New England), and around the world (Oxford, Durham, King’s College, London).

Areas of special strength include: American literature; Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Celtic studies; Renaissance and seventeenth-century literature; Romanticism; nineteenth-century literature; drama studies; film studies; Australian literature; modern English language studies; and creative writing. Staff participate in the interdisciplinary programs of Australian Studies, Gender Studies, and Performance Studies. The Centre for Medieval Studies, Centre for Celtic Studies, and Australian Language Research Centre are all based in or closely related to the department.