Research programmes

Taught programmes

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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available


The department has specialists in every period of English and American literature, as well as English language, and offers a full programme of research seminars – at which papers are given by invited speakers and graduate students themselves – regular classes in research methods, and career development workshops. In the second year of their research, students have the opportunity to undertake a limited amount of tutorial teaching. Students from the department have participated as visiting scholars at Yale as part of the UCL-Yale Collaborative Partnership. Students have automatic access to an incomparable range of archives and libraries, including the Senate House Library of the University of London and the British Library, both of which are nearby.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
English MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5
English Linguistics MA/PG Dip FT, PT
English: Issues in Modern Culture MA FT, PT
English: Shakespeare in History MA FT, PT

Student/staff ratios

  • 31 staff
  • 90 taught students
  • 69 research students


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Staff View

"London offers unparalleled resources for all researchers and UCL is fortunate in being just round the corner from the British Library, British Museum and the Wellcome Trust."

Professor Bas Aarts

Professor of English Linguistics

Staff View

"At the moment I am trying to gather together everything that I have ever known for the 18th century volume of the Oxford English Literary History."

Professor John Mullan

Head of Department