Doctoral culture

We have a thriving and welcoming doctoral culture at Roehampton, and PhD students add their voices and innovative approaches to national and international research conversations. We support our doctoral students to disseminate their research to broad publics and to prepare for careers in academia and beyond. 

You can find out more about the research degrees we offer at Roehampton, how to apply and how we can support you during the application process here.

PhD study is funded by the Techne AHRC consortium, including Collaborative Doctoral Awards to work with external partners like The National Archive, Kew Gardens and Shakespeare’s Globe. We also support PhD research through funded project studentships and the prestigious Jacqueline Wilson scholarship for Children’s Literature. Our research challenges cultural exclusions and focuses on marginalised or under-represented communities in a range of ways. The department has particular supervisory strengths in Children’s Literature, Innovative poetry and prose, Early Modern / Shakespearean, Romanticism, 19th century and Victorian, Gender and sexuality and 21st-century literature.


Phoebe Lamden
I am a first-year Techne Collaborative Award PhD student. I am working with Keats House on the role of Fanny Brawne and Fanny Keats in preserving and shaping John Keats's 'afterlife'. A commentary on the correspondence between the two women has been published on the Keats House website, and I will be investigating the global diversity of actual and virtual visitors to the museum. This work will contribute to 'Keats200' and the subsequent rethinking of the museum's purpose and resources. My supervisors are Professor Ian Haywood and Dustin Frazier Wood

Oliver Lewis
I am a second-year PhD student in English and Creative Writing at Roehampton, funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of Engendering the Stage: The Records of Early Modern Performance and supervised by Clare McManus (Roehampton) and Lucy Munro of King’s College London (https://engenderingthestage.humanities.mcmaster.ca/). My research considers the idea of porous masculinity in early modern performance, particularly how dramatic texts experiment with the stability of masculine embodiment, exposing divergent forms of masculine subjectivity that haunt the early modern stage. 

D Mortimer
I am in the third year of my Techne-funded PhD in the department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton. My supervisors are Peter Jaeger and Isabel Waidner. I am working on a practice-based PhD entitled ‘The Beef Journals’. My creative project is a hybrid prose work in three parts, named for the chemical processes involved in preserving beef. I engage with New Narrative writing, Judith Butler and Jay Prosser in my work and blend memoir, theory and fictive elements to probe how gender and language intersect in transgender subject formation. My writing practice queries how imaginative and intimate naming cultures may be used to dismantle hegemonic and institutional naming practices. 

You can find out more about our students' research here.