Research course

Critical Theory and Cultural Studies

University of Nottingham · School of Modern Languages and Cultures

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Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject. We would usually expect you to hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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