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Critical and Cultural Theory (PhD/MPhil)

3 years (PhD), 1 year (MPhil) (full-time) / opportunities available (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Programme Aims

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.

Special Features

Programme Description

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:

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.

Career Prospects

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Funding Information

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

School Contact

Name: ENCAP Postgraduate Admissions  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0322 



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