Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at University of Nottingham - UCAS

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Course summary

Develop your own original research in an environment with a strong transnational and transcultural perspective. These perspectives produce a stimulating and vibrant community with debate encouraged between staff and students. Our staff are experienced supervisors who will guide and support you both academically and personally. Staff expertise We have particular strengths in:

  • modern theory
  • political philosophy and politics
  • aesthetics
  • feminist, queer and gender studies
  • cultural, literary, media and visual studies
  • psychoanalysis
  • art history
  • postcolonial, sensory, science and technology studies
Research centres The Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies is home to two research centres where much of the Critical Theory and Cultural Studies research activity takes place. You will be encouraged to get involved and contribute.
  • Centre for Research in Critical Theory
  • Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies
Recent PhD subjects
  • Network Experiments and Control: From the Cold War to the War on Terror
  • The Challenge of Aesthetic Modernity in India: a Postcolonial Reading
  • Digital Technology and Documentary Photography in Britain and France
  • Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the Global Queer Film Festival Circuit
  • Political Corporeality in Walter Benjamin and Wilhelm Reich
  • The Media and Social Protests Against Austerity
  • Radical Art Practice: Copyright and the Future of Public Collections
Find out more about our research and environment - Additional support and training is provided by the Researcher Academy - Midlands4Cities funded students receive extended support including training -


You will attend research training sessions and weekly graduate work-in-progress seminars. Work-in-progress sessions provide an opportunity for everyone to present their ongoing research to their peers, supervisors and invited members of academic staff and research students and receive feedback and support from that community.

Assessment method

You will complete a written thesis of up to 100,000 words, with expert support and advice from your academic supervisors (usually two co-supervisors). You will also take a verbal examination called a viva voce where you explain your project in depth to an examination panel.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject; and a masters degree in a relevant subject. IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element).

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