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Explore your Opportunities with the Graduate Society in English

Explore your Opportunities with the Graduate Society in English

All current students in the graduate program in English at Queen’s are members of the Graduate English Society (GES).

The Lamp Journal

The Lamp Publications

Publishing the creative writing of graduate and professional students!

True Crime Index

True Crime Index: Now Accepting Submissions

True Crime Index is a site dedicated to the reviewing of both academic and popular true crime books.

Scholars of Colour at Watson Hall

Scholars of Colour at Watson Hall

The Scholars of Colour at Watson Hall are comprised of graduate students of colour in the departments of English Languages & Literature, History, Philosophy and Classics.

Watson Hall

Come Visit our Department

Watson Hall is home to the Department of English.

The Master’s and Doctoral programs in English at Queen’s are among the oldest and most prestigious in the country. We offer a one-year MA degree with two stream options (course work and thesis), a two-year MPhil degree with the option of guaranteed entry into our PhD program, and a PhD degree that balances professionalization with individual research and unique teaching opportunities.

Our graduate students are integral to the vibrancy of our intellectual community and consistently demonstrate superb success rates in national scholarship competitions, in academic publishing, and in securing academic employment.

Our faculty are distinguished by both research and teaching excellence in a broad array of literary and cultural fields.

All of our students are financially supported by guaranteed award funding and teaching employment opportunities.

Learn more about What Makes Queen’s Distinctive.

If you have any questions about the English program, please email the Graduate Chair at or call 613-533-6000 ext. 74421. You can also reach out to the Graduate Program Assistant at or call 613-533-6000 ext. 74447.

English Graduate Degrees

Featured Alumni

Andrew McKendry

Andrew McKendry

Class of
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Associate Professor, Nord University

I completed both my M.A. & Ph.D. degrees with the English Department at Queen’s University, and I can say—having now worked at institutions around the world throughout the past decade—that it’s an outstanding program. There is a great sense of community among the graduate students, and the size of the program is ideal; it’s large enough to allow for courses on a wide range of subjects, but small enough to maintain an intimate seminar atmosphere. And, probably most importantly, the faculty are accomplished and approachable at the same time.

Recent Publication: Disavowing Disability: Richard Baxter and the Conditions of Salvation (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Nevena Martinović
Nevena doing a Grad Chat with CFRC Radio on Queen’s Campus.

Nevena Martinović

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Education Coordinator, Ontario Peer Development Initiative

I was fortunate to work with an amazing supervisor, Dr Leslie Ritchie, who supported me throughout my doctoral degree and connected me to a lot of great opportunities.

Upcoming Career Transition: As of September, Nevena Martinović will be the Education Manager at the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, as well as a part-time Professor of English at Cambrian College.

Upcoming and Recent Thesis Defences

Andrew MoffittAndrew Moffitt, PhD Candidate

Defended: August 12, 2021

Thesis Topic

“My thesis traces how the modernist aesthetics of Virginia Woolf, H.D., and Marie Stopes examine the crossovers between human and literary reproduction during the interwar period. Writing in the aftermath of World War One, Woolf and H.D. scrutinized how the sexual revolution that Stopes pioneered often posited both types of reproduction as a form of sociocultural reconstruction, yet a strategy of repair that did little to address the gendered mechanics of modern warfare.”

What has your experience been as a graduate student with the Department of English at Queens?

“My experience with the Department of English at Queen’s has been enriching in both an academic and professional capacity. The opportunities for pedagogical, intellectual, and even personal growth at Queen’s are abundant, and I leave the PhD program a far better scholar and teacher than I was five years ago.”

Learn more about the various research interests of our graduate students.

A.C. Hamilton AwardAnnual A.C. Hamilton Award Winner

The A.C Hamilton Award was established by the department of English to honour A.C “Bert” Hamilton (pictured left) for his dedication, mentorship and intellect as a professor in the department.

In honour of A.C Hamilton, one of the Department’s most distinguished scholars, his name was given to the annual prize for the Department’s best doctoral dissertation.

Visit the Awards and Giving page to learn more about our Graduate Awards.

Lindsay Young2021 Winner: Lindsay Young, PhD

Dissertation Topic

“My dissertation concerns biological materiality and object fluidity in the ghost story. It examines how the spectral material of ghostly bodies dissolves boundaries between seemingly coherent categories of object, soul, and body.”

What has your experience been as a graduate student with the Department of English at Queens?

“My time at Queen’s was one of the most challenging and rewarding of my life. The grad department is full of people who are passionate about their research, but also engaged with the diverse work of their peers.”

Why Choose Queen's?

The English graduate program at Queen’s is well-recognized on an international platform with renown professors for supervisors, opportunities for professionalization, publishing, teaching, and an intimate yet diverse academic community.

Meet some of our Alumni as they share their experiences from the program.


We welcome your application any time from the opening of the application portal at the end of summer to our mid-winter deadline.

Student Life

Breakwater Park in Kingston, ON

Our English graduate students have many opportunities to get involved, stay connected and build a community here at Queen’s and in Kingston.

Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153



Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.