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Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentships English Language, Literature and Creative Writing

All postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. PGRs working on English language and literature projects are normally housed in the Department of English and Creative Arts.

The English and Creative Writing staff are committed, first-class teachers and supervisors dedicated research and writing. In REF2021, the results for English were 75% of outputs were internationally excellent or world leading, and that quality is manifest not only in teaching but also in collaborations with external partners through events, performances, readings. The Edge Hill Short Story Prize and Edge Hill University Press are celebrated showcases for experienced writers and for promoting and nurturing new talent. We are keen to develop that public-facing work further and build on partnerships with a range of cultural organisations. We have a thriving postgraduate research community with PhD supervision capacity in a wide range of linguistic, literary, and cultural fields. Doctoral students enjoy a rich, welcoming research culture, with a clear programme of training as well as opportunities to attend research seminars, symposia, and conferences on campus. GTAs teach on the BA English programmes or the Creative Writing programme and receive subject-specific mentoring/support for their teaching and research supervision.

The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below with additional research information on the research area webpages. All PGRs will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.


In the first instance please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to English language, literature and creative writing to the Graduate School with Dr Peter Wright, Graduate School research degree contact for English included.

Research themes

Creative writing

  • Genre fiction (especially science fiction and fantasy)
  • Literary fiction
  • Theatre writing, theory and practice


  • English Historical Linguistics, especially historical semantics, historical pragmatics, historical discourse analysis, historical socio-pragmatics, historical sociolinguistics
  • Text and corpus linguistics
  • Language change and digital media
  • Language learning and the creative arts
  • Child language development; social interaction and the importance of play, creativity and music
  • Bilingualism
  • Language contact, description, endangerment, and documentation
  • Language change 

English literature

  • 20th Century fiction
  • Adaptation studies
  • Contemporary poetry
  • Science fiction and fantasy
  • Women’s writing