Research in the Department

The research carried out in the Department of English and Related Literature is world-leading in terms of its rigour, international standing, interdisciplinarity and impact. As a Department we have the highest proportion of world-leading 4* research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014). We continually rank in the top thirty in world English departments in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Our faculty come from across the world and are grouped into four research schools: Medieval, Renaissance, Eighteenth Century/Romantic, and Modern. We cover the whole spectrum of English literary studies, including Africa, Australasia and the United States. The department also offers significant research expertise in the literature and language of other cultures, from ancient Greece to modern Pakistan.

The department welcomes applications from postdoctoral researchers and those seeking early or mid-career fellowship opportunities to come and carry out their research with us in York. See our Post-doctoral fellowship page here.

We also encourage applications for research opportunities from early and mid-career scholars.

We are delighted to host visiting scholars every year. For details about how to apply, please follow this link.

Research schools

Our staff and students have wide-ranging research interests across all historical periods, divided into four major schools:

Interdisciplinary centres

We are actively involved in seven major interdisciplinary research centres:

Further information