Research course

Culture, Transformation and Subjectivity

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates for MPhil and PhD programmes should have a good first degree (2:1 and above) and/or a Masters degree. Candidates who do not have a Masters degree in social science research methods (SSRM) may be required to undertake some or all of the SSRM programme on the advice of their prospective supervisors or because it is part of their doctoral programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The Culture, Transformation and Subjectivity research theme is a thriving centre for interdisciplinary research which brings together several groupings from the fields of anthropology, psychology, sociology, education, social philosophy, cultural studies, science and technology studies, feminism and political theory. Working on topics such as employment and labour, medicine and science studies, new social movements and local communities, sexuality and childhood, education, arts and cultural industries, energy transitions, migration and mobility, we investigate the creation of identities and subjectivities within their cultural and material settings and address their political and social implications. There is a strong interest in research which uses ethnography, psycho-social techniques, phenomenology and socio-cultural qualitative methods in dialogue with post-structuralism, feminist and queer theory, theories of affect, and dialogic and discursive methods. The interdisciplinary approach of the Culture and Identities theme is unique within British universities. A particular strength of the theme is the focus on class, gender and sexuality, and their intersections with ethnicity, migration and childhood. In addition other core interests include research on medicine and knowledge politics, futures and risk, the transformation of work and globalisation, marginal communities and regeneration, new political formations and creative research and connected communities.

Applications are especially welcome in the areas of the School's research specialisms. The following is an indicative list of areas of current research activity:

  • Employment and Labour
  • Medicine and Science Studies
  • New Social Movements and Local Communities
  • Sexuality and Childhood
  • Education
  • Arts and Cultural Industries
  • Energy Transitions
  • Migration and Mobility
  • The Creation of Identities

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Information for international students

A band 7.0 on IELTS is required where English is not a first language or for those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Ms Vicky Parkin
+44 (0)29 2087 0855
+44 (0)29 2087 4175