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English and Film Studies (PhD)

English and Film Studies (PhD)

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Our PhD in English and Film Studies provides students with the unique opportunity to pursue rigorous, specialized research in either Literary Studies or Film Studies, or to take advantage of the rich intellectual and theoretical confluence between the two disciplines.

Our major fields of specialization are:

These fields reflect the ground-breaking scholarship of our graduate faculty who offer courses in both traditional and emerging areas, including period studies, memory studies, masculinity studies, transnational studies, Canadian studies, and Indigenous studies.

The relatively small size of our program is an immense advantage to students who can expect one-on-one mentorship from faculty with respect to their research, pedagogical training, scholarship and professionalization. Our department is proud of its students’ excellent track record as holders of external scholarship and major award.

We are deeply committed not only to the academic development of our students but also to their professionalization through teaching, presentations, colloquia, research assistantships, and the practical application of new technologies to pedagogy and scholarship. Our ambitious commitment to professionalization provides solid preparation for today’s dynamic job market, and has resulted in our graduates earning tenure-track positions as well as a competitive edge in non-academic careers.

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More information can be found on the International Applicants page.

Contact Us:

Katherine Bell, Graduate Coordinator



  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000).
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive a minimum of $22,000 a year. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

The major fields of specialization represented by our faculty research interests include:

  • Gender and Genre
  • Nation, Diaspora and Culture
  • Textuality, Media and Print Studies


  • A master’s degree in English, Cinema, Film Studies or a related field with a minimum A- standing.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate studies committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests, a writing sample and letters of reference.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English prior to admission.
  • Contact a prospective adviser prior to submitting your application.


Our graduates have gone on to work in publishing, teaching, media and marketing. Examples of careers held by our graduates include:

  • marketing and communications
  • university professor
  • publishing
  • film production and editing

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