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MPhil/PhD in Critical and Cultural Theory

Director of Postgraduate Studies: Dr Laurent Milesi

Research areas

Identity and Culture: Narratives of Difference and Belonging (Issues in Cultural and Media Studies) by Professor Chris Weedon

There is a substantial and thriving community of doctoral students in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory currently pursuing a rich variety of research interests. They are supervised by a supportive and enthusiastic staff with unrivalled theoretical knowledge.

We offer a full range of expertise, but the following areas are particularly strong: Poststructuralism; Cultural History; Cultural Politics; Gender; Sexuality; Race; Colonialism and Postcolonialism; Postmodernity; Psychoanalytic Theory; Posthumanism; Visual Culture; and Irish Studies.

At present, topics under supervision include Ethics in Late Heidegger; the Sublime; Gender and Cultural Difference; Women’s Writing and Asylum Culture in the Eighteenth Century; Early Modern Travel Writing; National Identity; Girls’ Culture; New Technologies and Subjectivity; Cinemas of Control and Resistance; Collective Memory, Posthuman Embodiment; and Ecocritique.

Special features of this research group:

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Information for Doctoral Students

PhD students attend a regular Theory Reading Group, Research Seminars, and skills training sessions, as well as a number of optional student-led discussion groups throughout the year. We also organise a regular Graduate Conference and students are encouraged to become involved in the annual international conference organised by the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory. In 2009 we held a conference on The Anxiety of Belonging: Partitions, Reunifications, Modernity. In 2010 we held a conference on 'Gender and Difference'. Further varied training and skills acquisition is available via the University Graduate College.

From their second year, students have the opportunity to teach on the undergraduate Cultural Criticism degree and receive mentoring sessions from a full-time member of staff. Full-time PhD students are allocated study space, which provides computing facilities, networked information and access to email and the internet.

The Centre has a good record in attracting AHRC funding for its doctoral students and its completion rates are excellent. Students frequently publish work in international journals and many alumni of the Centre go on to full-time lecturing positions in Higher Education in the UK, Europe, North America and the Middle and Far East.

Admissions Information

Applications are welcome from graduates with at least a 2.1 (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. We would normally also expect applicants to have successfully completed a relevant MA. The MA in Critical and Cultural Theory provides an ideal basis for students wishing to undertake research leading to the degree of PhD. Alternatively, where successful applicants do not hold a relevant MA, new PhD students attend a Doctoral Programme consisting of the first two terms of our MA course. They submit assessed essays, before proceeding to full-time work on their thesis. Essays take account of the material taught in the course, but may also constitute draft sections of the doctoral project.

We welcome enquiries from prospective students, whether you wish to talk about your own possible projects and areas of interest or to obtain further information about PhD and MPhil programmes in Critical and Cultural Theory.

If you wish to apply for an AHRC award you must first apply for and be accepted onto the PhD programme. For further information about the procedure for applying for an AHRC award please go to AHRC Postgraduate Funding.

The School welcomes applicants from students from outside the United Kingdom. More information is provided on our International Students page.


There is AHRC funding available in this subject area for 2013/14.

There are two full President's Research Scholarships in the area of Multi-culturalism for 2013/14. For further information please visit the following sites:


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