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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

English Studies: Criticism and Culture is no longer accepting new applications.

Students will be encouraged to develop a critical and methodological framework, and to pursue questions relating to literary and cultural production alongside an individual research project. Within a flexible framework, students will be able to study particular areas in depth or explore topics broadly relevant to intended research. Each student works closely with a member of the Faculty on his or her chosen dissertation topic while participating in collaborative seminars and classes.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have:

  1. developed a deeper knowledge of  contemporary literary criticism and literary and cultural theory in general, and of their chosen area of research in particular; and
  2. developed an understanding of critical debates which allows the evaluation of current research in their dissertation field.


MPhil students may apply to continue to a PhD in English; the minimum academic condition for continuation is a pass in the MPhil course. Other conditions may be imposed.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of English


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 3, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 2, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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