Critical and Cultural Theory (PhD/MPhil)
3 years (PhD), 1 year (MPhil) (full-time) / opportunities available (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
To offer knowledge and expertise to take you on to a role in Higher Education, or employment requiring high-level skills in research or advanced subject knowledge.
- Opportunities for teaching on the undergraduate English Literature degree. PhD students have the opportunity to enrol on the School’s HEA-accredited M-level “Learning to Teach” module.
- A research programme that is both successful and rewarding.
- Continuing PhD students attend a fortnightly Reading Group and a weekly skills training session.
- A programme of research seminars with visiting speakers.
- A dynamic interdisciplinary research culture with a variety of research seminar series running throughout the academic year.
- Full-time PhD students are allocated study spaces with computing facilities, networked information and access to email and the Internet.
- The School makes funding available each year for PGR students who wish to attend conferences/undertake library or archive visits in order to assist with their PhD studies.
The School provides training and a high level of support, and the postgraduate community contributes substantially to the University's international reputation for research.
We offer a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:
- Deleuze studies
- theories of the literary
- German aesthetics
- Frankfurt School
- Critical Marxism
- postcolonialism and globalisation
- gender, sexuality and race
- cultural history
- trauma and memory studies
- digital theory and game studies
- faith and the secular
More information about staff and their research areas can be found on the School's website.
A list of current and recent PhD topics undertaken within the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory is also available.
Postgraduate study in the School is a gateway to many careers within and beyond academia. Many overseas postgraduates return to lectureships with much enhanced career prospects. Example employers in the UK include Cardiff University, HMRC, Mencap, Poetry Wales Magazine, Teach First, Welsh Government, with jobs that include Crime Intelligence Analyst, Creative Writing Lecturer, Librarian, Poet, Recruitment Consultant, Teacher, Writer.
Suitable for graduates in Humanities and Social Sciences. A First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or equivalent is required.
Students who have not completed an MA or a research training methods course normally follow the first two terms of the taught MA while reading for their PhD thesis.
As well as the application form, the research proposal and supporting documents, we also require two sample essays of about 2000 words in English written by you on any literary or cultural topic of your choice (something that you have previously submitted for your master’s degree, for instance).
For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS overall score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each sub score is essential.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
For the full range of funding possibilities on offer, see our Postgraduate Funding Opportunities page.
Next intake: The University has four entry points for research degrees; 1st October, 1st January, 1st April or 1st July
Name: ENCAP Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0322