PhD Studentship in Landscape and Children’s Literature

Oxford Brookes University - School of Education

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship

Eligibility: Home/EU and International students

Bursary: £16,000 for a maximum of three years

Fees: Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate only will be paid by the School of Education

Deadline: The closing date for applications is 13.00 on Tuesday 20th February 2018

Interview date: Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the deadline

Start date: 17th September 2018

Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Landscape and Children’s Literature.

The project will be co-supervised by Professor Mary Wild and Dr Roger Dalrymple in the Oxford Brookes School of Education with potential involvement from a third, external supervisor. This project offers an outstanding student the chance to conduct research into the role, significance and function of landscape in children’s literature, with a likely emphasis on popular British children’s fantasy fiction of the last fifty years. The precise critical approach to the topic is negotiable but should broadly align with ecocriticism - an interdisciplinary approach to textual analysis which elucidates the constructions and meanings encoded in literary depictions of landscape. The project’s focus should be confined to post-war children’s literature, given the pre-eminence of works of this period in children’s current reading habits and core texts in the primary classroom. 

He or she will join a vibrant and expanding community of doctoral students with access to world-class resources. A full project description will be included in the application pack. 

The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £16,000 as a stipend towards living expenses for a maximum of three years. 

The studentships are open to both Home/EU and International students. Home/EU fees will be covered by the School of Education for a maximum of three years. However, International applicants should be aware that they would need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year. Please note that all fees rise by approximately 4% each year. Please see this page for information on current International fees:

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As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active School.  For more information on the School of Education, please visit

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Directors of Studies and to discuss their application.

How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact quoting Landscape and Children’s Literature in the subject heading.

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