Research course

Critical Theory and Cultural Studies

University of Nottingham · School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject. For PhD-level study, applicants are usually expected to hold, or be working towards a Master's degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Critical theory and cultural studies have grown rapidly in the University to their present location in an expanding department with integrated and highly successful degree and postgraduate programmes with international connections. The department attracts high-calibre research students from diverse academic backgrounds from the UK and overseas, including the EC, the Middle and Far East, Latin America and the United States. Much of our work is interdisciplinary and draws upon staff expertise in modern theory, political philosophy, cultural, literary, media and film studies, both in the department and in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies of which it is part.

The department also spearheads the School Research Centre for Critical Theory.

The department is a rich intellectual community, and provides a stimulating environment for all our postgraduates. The interdisciplinary approach is enhanced by the network of staff interested in and contributing to critical theory and cultural studies programmes from across the faculty. We have a substantial number of postgraduate students from numerous different cultures, ensuring a cosmopolitan and international study environment.

Students are currently researching on a range of topics including: Waste and Consumer Society, Baudrillard and Architecture, Lacan and Realism, Deleuze and Music, Foucault in the Humanities, Hybridity in Argentinian and English Literature and Culture; Memory, Place, Imagination and Fiction; Suicide Authors: A Deconstructive Study; and Globalisation and National Cinema.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

The University's International Office offers a range of partial funding schemes for postgraduate study. Full details of all funding available and how to apply can be found by consulting the funding database via the The International Office homepage. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element)

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Cultures, Languages & Area Studies web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

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