Alongside the History Department, the Department of English Literature & Creative Writing is the largest recruiter of postgraduate students in the Humanities at Lancaster. At the present time we have around 80 PhD-level research students on our books (this includes both full and part-time students) and approximately 70-80 students taking our various Masters degree programmes. This means we have the ‘critical mass’ necessary for a buoyant and stimulating postgraduate and research culture.
As a world-class department focused both on literary study and creative writing, our staff includes a host of eminent scholars and authors including Professor Terry Eagleton, formerly Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature at Oxford, Professor Paul Muldoon, formerly Professor of Poetry at Oxford and Professor Benoit Peeters, who worked under Roland Barthes at the Sorbonne. Professor Eagleton is one of the world’s most famous literary critics, Professor Muldoon one of the world’s most eminent poets and Professor Peeters is a celebrated graphic-novelist, intellectual biographer and cultural historian. Each year all three offer a series of public lectures, open MA seminars, and PhD tutorials.