Doctoral study in English

Why study with us?

We were placed 38th in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

As a doctoral candidate, you'll benefit from: financial support for research expenses through PReSS funding; high-calibre supervision practices; and the networks and expertise of our world-class academic researchers.

Research opportunities

We offer supervision in the standard PhD and in the PhD with creative practice.

We welcome PhD proposals in areas including:

  • Māori, Pasifika and New Zealand literature
  • Global Indigenous literatures
  • Literature, evolution and cognition
  • Digital arts theory
  • American literature
  • Medieval literature, culture and drama
  • Shakespeare and early modern drama
  • 19th-century literature
  • Modernist literature, culture and drama
  • Contemporary literature
  • Contemporary theatre
  • Transcultural creative writing
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Narrative and literary theory
  • Trauma and cultural memory

Our people

Our internationally renowned researchers work in literary studies and drama and include a number of award-winning poets and novelists.

Past research topics

Scholarships and awards

There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your PhD in English:

Help and advice

Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on enrolling in your PhD at Student Hubs.

If you would like to discuss your plans for your doctoral research you can contact our PhD Adviser.

Apply for doctoral study