PhD information

The Centre for Victorian Studies is home to a large number of PhD students. PhD students within the Centre can expect to find themselves working within a lively, committed and friendly intellectual community. They also benefit from Exeter's outstanding library and archival resources for the study of nineteenth-century literature and culture. Internationally renowned resources like the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum are on-site, while the University of Exeter Electronic Resources provides access to number of significant databases such as 19th Century UK Periodicals Online.

The Centre's commitment to generate scholarship and promote new areas of study is reflected by the range of Victorian conferences, symposia and workshops it hosts. These events have allowed the Centre to forge productive links with scholars and schemes around the world, which have brought opportunities of study trips, collaborative ventures and research funding bids. For example, PhD students in Victorian Studies benefit from membership of the University of California Dickens Project, with funding for one faculty member and one postgraduate student to attend the annual week-long Dickens Universe conference in California.

Post-Doctoral supervison within the centre

Dr Jill Sullivan, AHRC post-doc for
Moving and Projected-Image Entertainment in the South-West 1820-1914 (2007-9).

Dr Richard Crangle, JPI Heritage/AHRC post-doc for
A Million Pictures project (2015-18)

Dr Emily Hayes, JPI Heritage/AHRC post-doc for
A Million Pictures project (2015-18)

Professional development

The Centre will provide its research students with the stimulus and guidance necessary to complete a scholarly and substantive thesis on time. We want to ensure that in your time at Exeter, you will develop skills and acquire experience which will serve you in your future careers.

We aim to provide opportunities for professional development and paid work in research and teaching for our PhD students. The Department of English Teaching Assistant scheme offers a structured programme of training and professional practice. A number of bursaries and scholarship are also available every year.

Academic prospects

Students who have completed Victorian PhDs in the Department who have gone on to academic jobs include Grace Moore (University of Melbourne), Alice Barnaby (Associate Prof. at University of Swansea), Stacey Gillis (University of Newcastle), Will Abberley (Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Sussex), Jim Cheshire (University of Lincoln), Chris Pittard (University of Portsmouth), Kate Hext (University of Exeter), Maria Ioannou (University of Cyprus), Florina Tofescu (Dalarna University, Sweden), Elizabeth Galway (University of Lethbridge, Alberta), Ros Leveridge (Exeter), Hsiu-Feng Chou (University of Taiwan), Ulrike Hill (completed: Matilde Blind and Cosmopolitanism, Open University), Hannah Lewis-Bill (completed: Dickens and Tea, U Plymouth), Jonathan Memel (AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow, University of Exeter), Claire Furlong (Bath Spa University), Samantha Briggs (Arizona State University), Suzanne Nunn (Plymouth University).

Books published by CVS PhD Students:
Alice Barnaby (Routlege)
Andrew Griffiths Palgrave)
Jude Piesse (OUP)

Useful links

For detailed information about Doctoral programmes, please see the English postgraduate webpages, and the MPhil/PhD English Studies webpage.

For more information on funding opportunities, please see the College of Humanities' page on funding for postgraduate students.

A list of current and completed PhD projects can be seen in the Centre webpages.

For a full list of potential supervisors and their research interests, please see the individual staff profiles.