Postgraduate research in Scottish Literature

Scottish literature fulfils a unique role at the University of Glasgow where it has been a fully-fledged independent subject since the early 1970s. As a relatively ‘new’ subject in the academic context there is a great deal of research work still to be undertaken in Scottish literary studies.  Glasgow is supremely well placed to support exciting postgraduate and postdoctoral research.

Staff specialism in Early Modern Scottish literature, writing in the Eighteenth Century and Romantic and Modernist periods, in particular, provides the basis of strong research-led supervision. The Centre for Robert Burns Studies also supports a number of research studentships. But staff interests are diverse and applications on any aspect of Scottish language and literature are welcomed. We also work with colleagues elsewhere in the School and College to support interdisciplinary Scottish Studies projects.

Scottish literature at Glasgow is well connected to a number of key archives of Scottish material held by our own Special Collections and the Mitchell Library in the city. Moreover we have strong connections with Edinburgh’s National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library, both of which house a wealth of materials relating to Scottish writers and literature of all periods.

Our listing of students past and present gives an idea of the wide-ranging projects we support. Our students have had much success in the last ten years with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. And we offer smaller student bursaries for specifically Scottish projects.