Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Field of Study:English Language and Literature, General
Areas of Research:American Literature; Canadian Literature; English Drama to the Restoration; Literary Criticism and Theory; Nineteenth-Century Literature; Old and Middle English Language and Literature; Postcolonial Literature; Renaissance Non-Dramatic Literature; Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature; Textual Studies; Twentieth-Century British Literature; Women's Literature and Gender Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)


The Department's graduate program ranks as one of the strongest and most diversified graduate programs in Canada. Its central attraction is the Department's distinguished faculty and its considerable accomplishments in all areas of criticism and scholarship. The faculty's range of expertise provides the advantages of traditional scholarship and an array of historical approaches to the major literary periods and genres, as well as diverse theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives that include discourse analysis, cultural studies, postcolonial literature and theory, feminist and gender studies, gay studies and theories of masculinity, ecological criticism, film, hypertext, theories of race, and the intersection between literature and the discourses of science, medicine, music, art, and law.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Candidates for the PhD must have a strong first-class MA degree or its equivalent. Competition for entry into the PhD program is keen; successful applicants typically have excellent records. The PhD program usually consists of three full graduate courses (or an equivalent combination of full and half courses), qualifying examinations, and a dissertation.

    Admission is on a competitive basis. To be considered for admission, an applicant must have the MA degree (or its equivalent) with a grade average of A (80 84%) or higher. This is the minimum requirement and it does not guarantee admission. The minimum requirement for consideration is a grade average of 78% across all graduate courses, where there are grades available. If no grades are available, the last 10 full or 20 half courses are counted in calculating the average. Attainment of this minimum requirement does not, in and of itself, constitute eligibility for admission.

    An applicant for the PhD program must normally have taken courses at the Honors or MA level in at least five of the following six areas of English Language or Literature:

    1. Old English, Middle English, OR History of the Language
    2. Renaissance dramatic OR Renaissance non-dramatic
    3. 18th century OR 19th century
    4. American OR Canadian
    5. Twentieth-Century British OR Postcolonial
    6. Theory (e.g., historical, contemporary, feminist, genre, etc.).
    Application Notes : See requirements at http://www.uwo.ca/english/graduate/phd/application.html

    1. References: Two letters of reference from referees who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
    2. English proficiency test score:
    An official English proficiency test score, if English is not your first language, taken within the past 2 years. Minimum test score requirements for the Department of English:
    - TOEFL: 630 (paper), 267 (electronic) or 109 (internet) (Western's TOEFL ID is 0984.).
    - IELTS: 8.0.
    - MELAB: 91 overall, with a minimum of 85 on each of the 3 parts, plus the oral/speaking component.
    3. Transcripts.
    4. A Statement of Academic Intent.
    5. Writing Sample.
    6. Application fee of $100 (CDN) paid through the online application system.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 11, 2022