PhD in Medieval Literature

1.The Faculty of English at Cambridge is a diverse, energetic and evolving community of students, teachers and researchers. The outstanding libraries and research resources of the University support a strong and continuing tradition of excellence, making this an exciting place to study for a PhD in medieval literature and culture. There are a number of opportunities for dialogue and collaboration. Apart from the fortnightly graduate research seminar, the students also run an independent seminar (the Medieval Reading Group), an online journal (Marginalia), and a graduate conference – all testimonies to their dynamism and commitment. Medieval literature is central to the Faculty at every level: all undergraduates study at least one Medieval paper, which ensures teaching opportunities are available to PhD students; training in teaching, presentation and in other aspects of professional life are also available. Our postgraduate students have an excellent track record in becoming leading scholars, and they thrive in other careers too.

Faculty members, listed below, have a wide range of interests, and we welcome applications to study all kinds of research topics, whether specifically focused or more wide-ranging and interdisciplinary. We are happy to be approached by potential applicants to discuss research plans, and will be able to tell you more about what Cambridge has to offer.

2. Faculty Members who act as PhD supervisors or advisors for Medieval topics include

Dr Alexandra da Costa  Dr Jacqueline Tasioulas
Dr Orietta da Rold Dr James Wade
Dr Jane Hughes Professor Barry Windeatt
Dr Charles Moseley Professor Nicolette Zeeman
Professor Christopher Page

3. Current and recently graduated PhD students' topics include


  • B. Dougher, Go Without Me to the City: Unraveling the Exile Motif in Late Medieval Narrative
  • J. Elias, Emotions in Middle English Crusade Romance
  • A. Gabrovsky, Chaucer and the Physics of Sublunary Transformation
  • S. Harris,Twelfth-Century Perceptions of the History of Britain's Vernacular Languages
  • J. Henry, Writing and Reading about Saints: Late Medieval Hagiography in Manuscript and Early Print
  • A. Milbank, The Place of Fear in Later Medieval England
  • M. Murton, Chaucer’s Poetics of Prayer
  • R. Payne, A Critical Edition of the 'Conduct of Life' Based on the Six Extant Manuscripts and with Full Commentary, Complementary Critical and Codicological Analysis, Notes and Introduction
  • J. Wolf, The Sinner and the Police: The regulation of expression in medieval confessional literature
  • S. Wyatt, Kingship, Chivalry and Gender in Malory's Le Morte Darthur
  • S. Zhang, Knights on the Way - Traveling In and Out of Camelot in Malory's 'Syr Trystrams de Lyones'

Medieval and Renaissance

  • K. Crowcroft, Analysis of Ideas abouth the Senses: Medieval into renaissance, with An Edition of Tomkis' 'Lingua'
  • D. Singh, Editing Chaucer's 'Works' in the Renaissance: Thomas Speghtj's 1598 and 1602 Folio Editions

4. Links to Research Groups

The Centre for Material Texts

Medieval Research Group

Medieval and Renaissance Research Hub

Middle English Graduate Seminar

History of Material Texts Seminar

Medieval Reading Group