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Postgraduate Admissions

Research in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature flourishes in the Cambridge English Faculty. The diversity and intensity of thought and art in this formative period are reflected at every level of our teaching, conversation and writing. Doctoral students participate in a research community which meets regularly, and which offers support and training from peers and professionals. The Cambridge tradition of close collaboration with a supervisor is enriched by opportunities to present and hear research papers, to participate in professional training, and to contribute to specialist and general undergraduate teaching.

At Cambridge established traditions of close reading and attention to literary form are invigorated by an equal concern with innovative and challenging ideas. Here, there are as many approaches to criticism in the period as there are long eighteenth centuries, Enlightenments, or Romanticisms. The lively conversation between literature, philosophy and art in the eighteenth century constitutes one marked emphasis of our research. The Cambridge English Faculty is also a notable centre of Lyric Studies, the poetry of the Romantic period being a particular focus. However, long poems, hymns, novels, essays, and other kinds of writing, both fictional and non-fictional, figure strongly in our criticism. The interrelation of literature with other disciplines is well represented, too, by Faculty members working on aesthetics, material texts and cultures, economic and political theory, the study of language, classical antiquity, theology, and working class and children's literatures.

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of English

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2019
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2020
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2021

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

Easter 2021

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2021
Course Starts
April 17, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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