Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

Research degrees

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Theoretical exploration and creative innovation

As a postgraduate research student in our department, you will be part of a large and active research community where graduate students and staff work together in a creative and intellectually challenging environment.

We are a uniquely interdisciplinary department, running weekly research seminars with speakers across different disciplines invited from the UK and abroad.

Our research students organise and present at our annual PhD conference and we regularly invite writers to give talks and readings as part of our Writers at Essex series, as well as to lead master classes with our students.

A research degree allows you to produce original research on a subject of your choice and, depending on your chosen research subject, can also include a creative practice component.

Explore our postgraduate research degrees
Why choose us?
  • Join a forward-thinking community of researchers
  • Internationally recognised research specialisms across literature, film, creative writing and drama
  • Leading academic specialists, as well as writers, poets, playwrights, filmmakers and journalists talk about their work in our weekly research seminar series

So, what do we have to offer?

“The LiFTS department encourages prospective PhD researchers to apply for all available streams of funding. The support from my department has been a huge part of my reason for staying at Essex to continue to PhD study. From the administrators in the general office, to the lecturers, and my supervisors – each one has helped to nurture my confidence and development. The LiFTS department is a very special place that nurtures discovery, no matter how old you are, in a way that only creativity can.”
Ruth Raymer PhD Creative Writing