The English Department at Queen’s University is a professionally oriented research department whose faculty members are distinguished by both their scholarly pursuits and their commitment to teaching. In addition to regular course work, students take courses on pedagogical and professional skills ranging from academic counselling to grant applications. Ph.D. students receive thorough teacher training through staggered Teaching Assistantships, which progress from marking-based Teaching Assistantships to tutorial-based instruction, culminating i nmany cases with a Teaching Fellowship.
Queen’s English students have superb success rates in national scholarship competitions and in securing tenure-track positions upon graduation.
Application Deadline:January 15th for all documentation & application.
Notification of admission is in March and April.
Throughout the year, a variety of events offer graduate students the opportunity to enrich their experience at Queen’s. Students can participate in conferences, graduate colloquia, and an array of discussion groups. The Graduate English Society organizes a Works in Progress forum for graduate students and faculty, as well as numerous extra-curricular social and sporting events. Graduate students also participate in the hiring of new faculty and host visiting speakers in the Department.
Ph.D. candidates benefit from the Special Topic Presentation, part of the Comprehensive Examination. Following on a traditional written exam, the presentation allows students to prepare an annotated bibliography and an independent piece of research, on a topic related to their dissertation, and present it to an audience of faculty and fellow students in an informal, supportive environment.
"The English Department at Queen’s University offers an exceptionally rewarding graduate experience. During the first year of the Ph.D. program, coursework provides students with an opportunity for intense intellectual development and has the added benefit of helping to build a strong, lasting community among the students. However, I found that the most gratifying experience from the program relates to the quality of graduate supervision; my supervisors were insightful, collegial, generous, and prompt with their feedback. They guided me in developing a dissertation that I am not only proud of, but has also led to further publishing and career opportunities."
Our students have opportunities for funded travel to give conference papers and to undertake research on their dissertations.
We require that M.A. applicants considering Pattern II contact and secure the participation of a potential supervisor before applying.
Pre-dissertation Ph.D. students are assigned an interim faculty mentor upon admission to the program, and choose their own supervisor and second reader prior to the submission of their thesis proposal.
Fields of Study: British Literature to 1800 and British Literature from 1800
* the list below includes cross-appointed faculty
Graduates of our Ph.D. program have been highly successful in the academic job market. Queen’s graduates are now teaching at UBC, Victoria, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Manitoba, Dalhousie, McMaster, Western, and the University of Toronto, as well as at universities in the UK, the US, and Australia. The academic job market is extremely competitive, so we consider this placement record an exceptional achievement. Other graduates have gone on to careers in writing, publishing, law, civil service and information services.
Please see the "Where are they now?" graduate news section of the Department of English website for information on the career patehs of our graduate alumni.
If English is not your native language, you will need a total TOEFL score of at least 627 (paperbased), or 109 (Internet-based) as well as a TOEFL Test of Written English section score of 6.0 (paper-based) or 30 (Internet-based) to be permitted to apply to our graduate program.
"I have been at Queen's for both my Master's and my PhD, and I can say it's an outstanding program. The library collections are among the best in the country. The size of the program, which is what first drew me to Queen's, is ideal; it's large enough to allow for courses on a wide range of subjects and periods, but small enough to maintain an intimate seminar atmosphere. And, probably most importantly, the faculty are both accomplished and approachable - at the same time."
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