PhD Canadian Studies

Our research focuses on North America itself, as well examining the exchange of influences between North American cultures and those of Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Work in the department reflects and leads a growing transnational agenda, and research students are encouraged to think about America in a global context.

Our particular areas of research specialism include:

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You will complete a written thesis of up to 100,000 words. The topic will be agreed with your supervisors (usually two co-supervisors). You also take a verbal examination (viva voce) at the end of your thesis, where you explain your project in depth to an examination panel.

You will also attend research training sessions and weekly graduate 'work-in-progress' seminars, led by the research student community. They are an opportunity for everyone to present their ongoing research to their peers, supervisors and invited members of academic staff and research students. The idea is that you receive feedback and support from this community.

Recent PhD topics

The department offers:

We also offer a programme of visiting speakers and regular symposia, organised by staff and students.

You will be encouraged to organise and attend conferences, act as editors for postgraduate journals, and publish book reviews and articles. Many former students have successfully turned their PhDs into books with major presses including Oxford University Press, Manchester University Press, University of California Press, University of Illinois Press, Routledge and Palgrave.

There are regular opportunities to take part in outreach activities, public talks and departmental events. In addition to serving as Departmental Outreach and Engagement Coordinators and Directors of our LGBT and Black History Month programmes, students are given logistical and financial support in order to run their own conferences and organise a week-long research retreat.

Students also act as teaching assistants, after appropriate teacher training offered by the University and the school. Teaching Assistants are supported and monitored by module convenors, the Chair of Teaching Committee and the Director of Research.

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They will be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area.

You can find our academics listed across three broad themes:

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£20,500 Per Year

International student tuition fee

3 Years

Duration

Oct 2024

Start Month

Sep 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • October 2024
  • October 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time