Research course

Critical and Cultural Theory

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of English, Communication, and Philosophy

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).

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

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
  • 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.

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Department specialisms

The Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory specialises in Poststructuralism; Cultural history and politics; Politics of gender; Postmodernity; Politics of race and colonialism; Psychoanalytic theory; Posthumanism; Visual Theory; Irish Studies; and Deleuze Studies.

Information for international students

A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

ENCAP Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)29 2087 0322