PhD/MPhil Critical Theory and Cultural Studies

Develop your own original research in an environment with a strong transnational and transcultural perspective. These perspectives produce a stimulating and vibrant community with debate encouraged between staff and students.

Our staff are experienced supervisors who will guide and support you both academically and personally.

We have particular strengths in:

The Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies is home to two research centres where much of the Critical Theory and Cultural Studies research activity takes place. You will be encouraged to get involved and contribute.

Throughout your research there will be research training sessions and work-in-progress seminars. The seminars provide an opportunity for you to present your ongoing research to peers, supervisors and other invited staff and research students. You'll get feedback in a supportive and constructive environment.

You will complete a written thesis of up to 100,000 words, with expert support and advice from your academic supervisors (usually two co-supervisors).

You will also take a verbal examination called a viva voce where you explain your project in depth to an examination panel.

The PhD is taken over three years full-time or up to six years part-time.

The MPhil is an internationally recognised research degree.

You'll complete a written theses of 60,000 words maximum.

One year of full-time study (minimum of two years part-time).

You’ll get expert supervision from our research-active and creative staff.

It is ideal for people:

Students often start the MPhil and then, as the scope of their research becomes clearer, transfer to the PhD (subject to Department approval).

We provide opportunities for you to develop knowledge, experience and skills beyond your immediate research topic.

Time and space for staff and students to present their own research for critique in a supportive and constructive atmosphere. As well as presenting your own work you'll also learn more about the ongoing process of academic research.

There's an extensive programme organised by both staff and students that give opportunities to hear from, and debate with, academics outside the department.

A recent example is the Toxic Positivity series of events, organised by postgraduate students.

Your supervisors will regularly read and advise on your work and attend your works-in-progress sessions.

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£20,500 Per Year

International student tuition fee

3 Years


Oct 2024

Start Month

Sep 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • October 2024
  • October 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time