English is engaged in a dynamic expansion of its postgraduate programmes. On registration all new research students in English become affiliate members of the Centre for English Studies (CORE formerly ERI) , which currently comprises 35 research-active staff and over 25 research students across two sites working in the areas of literary studies, creative writing, cultural theory and film studies.
In RAE 2008 the rating of the English subject group at MMU rose from a Grade 4 in RAE 2001 to an average star rating of 2.35. 15% of our research outputs was identified as world-leading in quality, while an additional 20% was found to be internationally excellent. Half of our remaining work was considered to be of an internationally recognised quality, while 15% was graded as nationally recognised. Particular evidence of world-leading research was found in the area of Creative Writing. Taking into account its critical mass (31 research-active staff contributed to RAE 2008, adding up to a weighting of almost 27 FTE), CORE is now the strongest new-university English Studies research group in the country. It ranks 30th in the national league table, which lists a total of 87 departments and research centres. The international esteem factors of our staff were graded as internationally excellent, while the Institute’s overall research culture was awarded a 2* internationally recognised rating.The Institute has an impressive publication record, including not only critical studies but also novels, plays and volumes of poetry. We have a vibrant, rapidly-expanding postgraduate student culture, which is fully integrated in the Institute’s research environment.
For further information on the Centre and individual staff research profiles please visit the CoRE website.
CORE (formerly ERI) staff offer supervision in the following closely interrelated areas of expertise:
Literature and Modernity
Film and American Studies
Critical and Postcolonial Theory
For further details about research degrees in English please contact:
Dr Paul Wake
Research Degrees Coordinator
tel. 0161 247 4667
Faculty Research Degrees Administrator