Critical and Cultural Theory (PhD)

the United Kingdom

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The award
PhD

How long you will study
3 - 5 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
January, April, October, July

International course fees
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All study options

About Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University

Students on the PhD Critical and Cultural Theory receive supervision from academic staff with a long-standing commitment to excellence and diversity in research, who work at the forefront of pioneering research in critical and cultural theory.

The PhD 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.

  • The School has a dynamic interdisciplinary research culture with a variety of seminar series;
  • The School offers a wide selection of research training opportunities, including a thesis workshop and reading groups;
  • Continuing PhD students attend a fortnightly reading group and a weekly skills training session;
  • PhD students are encouraged to publish;
  • The School has a dedicated suite for its research students with computing facilities, networked information and access to email and Internet;
  • As from their second year, students have the opportunity for teaching on the School’s undergraduate degree programmes, and receive mentoring sessions from a full-time member of staff;
  • The School makes funding available each year for postgraduate research students who wish to attend conferences or undertake library archive visits that are related to their PhD studies.

"Positioned at the interface of different traditions, methodologies, theoretical approaches, disciplines and practices, our pioneering research engenders challenging and fascinating questions for our staff and, through our PhD supervision and research-led teaching, also for our students at all levels." Professor Alison Wray, Director of Research in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

The School’s research is recognised internationally for its excellence and was ranked in the top ten for the quality of its English Language and Literature research, including Creative Writing, in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Cardiff University has recently joined the world's top 100 universities for the study of English Language & Literature in the 2016 QS World University Rankings.

We welcome PhD applications in staff specialist areas, such as the following:

  • Critical Marxism
  • Cultural History
  • Deconstruction
  • Deleuze studies
  • Digital theory and game studies
  • Eco-humanities
  • Gender, sexuality and race
  • German aesthetics and Frankfurt School
  • Postcolonialism, Nation and culture
  • Postmodernism
  • Posthumanism
  • Theories of the literary
  • Trauma and memory studies

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardPhDHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study3 - 5 years
    Course startsJanuary, April, October, JulyDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

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