Doctoral Program Literature (30 ECTS)

Note: This page and the corresponding sub-pages contain information on the old PhD programs (PVO 2009). For the current programs, consult the English Department's PhD Overview page.

PhD Program in English and American Literary Studies

The English Department has offered a PhD Program in English and American Literary Studies since 2011. Students in this program complete a monograph dissertation and earn 30 ECTS points through a combination of curricular activities including doctoral colloquia, workshops, international conferences, scholarly publications, organization of colloquia, and/or courses in university pedagogy or professional skills.




Spring 2020: Advanced Research Colloquium for Master and PhD Students


This newly devised colloquium is open to both MA students and PhD candidates about to embark on, or already working on, a thesis. Its aim is to assist you in the writing process. To achieve this goal, participants will be given the opportunity to share not only project descriptions or parts of chapters, but also some of the primary material (literature, film, or other) that they are currently working on. Discussing this material as a group will allow us to exchange ideas and to reflect on (and find ways of tackling) the challenges of writing an academic text. The colloquium will also feature hands-on sessions on submissions for conferences, the writing of abstracts, and matters of style and composition.

Lecturers: Prof. Michael Frank, Prof. Barbara Straumann

Tuesdays, 6:15pm-8:00pm, PLH-1-102




Each student’s dissertation project will be supervised by a committee consisting of at least two professors or Privatdozenten, the main supervisor being a professor or Privatdozent or Privatdozentin in the English Department; one of the supervisors has to be a faculty member of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zurich. Normally the dissertation topic will correspond to one or more of the following sub-fields, which represent the primary areas of expertise of the English Literature faculty:

• Shakespeare and Early Modern to 1660

• Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Century

• Romanticism and Nineteenth Century

• Modernism and Postmodernism

• (Dis)continuities: Early Modern / Postmodern

• Visuality

• Print Culture and the Study of the Book

• American Studies

• World Literatures in English

Enrolment, guidelines and accreditation

A step-by-step overview of the enrolment procedure can be downloaded here:

Enrolment_PhD_2016.pdf (PDF, 93 KB)

You can find a pdf-document with guidelines and a form concerning accreditation of ECTS (i.e. credit points) as well as a general study guide (Wegleitung) in the downloads section at:

General guidelines and requirements for the doctoral studies in English can be found here.

The "Doktoratsordnungen der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Zürich" (including the one for the doctoral program "English and American Literary Studies" can be found here.

All the forms such as the "Merkblatt zu den Doktoratsprogrammen", the "Formular Aufnahme ins Doktoratsprogramm" and  finally, the "Doktoratsvereinbarung" are to be found here.

Program Director

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen
Telephone: +41 44 634 36 85
Office: PET 206

Program Co-ordinator

Stella Castelli, MA
Telephone: +41 44 634 36 26
Office: PET 5a

Doctoral Candidates

An overview of all doctoral candidates and their projects can be found in the research section.