The PhD in English Literature will deepen your mastery of period- and area-specific archives and develop your skills as a literary scholar. You will investigate the cultural categories of literature and the media in both historical and contemporary contexts. Living and studying in the vibrant, bilingual city of Montreal, you will study literatures in English with a focus on interdisciplinary exchanges and cross-cultural environments. The program is of special interest to doctoral students seeking to work across discourses, media, or literary languages and traditions.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
7 credits – Required Courses
ENGL 800 - Pro-Seminar I: Theory (3 credits)
ENGL 801 - Pro-Seminar II: Methodology (3 credits) ENGL 802 - Professional Development Workshops (1 credit)
12 credits – Studies Courses
ENGL 801-804 Independent Study in English Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 601-604 Special Topics in English Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 605-609 Studies in Early English Literature and Medieval Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 610-614 Studies in Renaissance Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 615-619 Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 620-624 Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 625-629 Studies in Twentieth Century Literature (3 credits) ENGL 630-634 Studies in Poetry (3 credits)
ENGL 635-639 Studies in Drama (3 credits)
ENGL 640-644 Studies in Fiction (3 credits)
ENGL 645-649 Studies in the History of Ideas (3 credits)
ENGL 650-654 Studies in Shakespeare (3 credits)
ENGL 655-659 Studies in American Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 660-664 Studies in Canadian Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 665-667 Studies in Post-Colonial Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 668-669 Studies in Literary Criticism (3 credits)
ENGL 685-689 Studies in Selected Areas (3 credits)
A minimum of three credits must be pre-20th Century.
6 credits – Thesis Proposal
ENGL 890 - Thesis Proposal (6 credits)
12 credits – Field Examinations
ENGL 891 - The Major Field Examination I (6 credits)
ENGL 892 - The Sub-Field Examination II (6 credits)
GPA of 3.50 or above from a recognized university.
Promise as a scholar as demonstrated by letter of intent and submitted writing sample.
Proposed research that is relevant to the program.
A feasible research proposal in terms of material resources including faculty supervision.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
Tuition & funding
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Competitive funding packages in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.