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Students on the PhD Critical and Cultural Theory receive supervision from academic staff with a long-standing commitment to excellence and diversity in research, who work at the forefront of pioneering research in critical and cultural theory.

The School provides training and a high level of support, and the postgraduate community contributes substantially to the University's international reputation for research.

We offer a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:

  • poststructuralism
  • deconstruction
  • Deleuze studies
  • postmodernity
  • theories of the literary
  • German aesthetics
  • Frankfurt School
  • Critical Marxism
  • postcolonialism and globalisation
  • gender, sexuality and race
  • cultural history
  • trauma and memory studies
  • posthumanism
  • digital theory and game studies
  • eco-humanities
  • faith and the secular

More information about staff and their research areas can be found on the School's website.

A list of current and recent PhD topics undertaken within the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory is also available.

Nodau'r rhaglen

To offer knowledge and expertise to take you on to a role in Higher Education, or employment requiring high-level skills in research or advanced subject knowledge.

Nodweddion unigryw

  • Opportunities for teaching on the undergraduate English Literature degree. PhD students have the opportunity to enrol on the School’s HEA-accredited M-level “Learning to Teach” module.
  • A research programme that is both successful and rewarding.
  • Continuing PhD students attend a fortnightly Reading Group and a weekly skills training session.
  • A programme of research seminars with visiting speakers.
  • A dynamic interdisciplinary research culture with a variety of research seminar series running throughout the academic year.
  • Full-time PhD students are allocated study spaces with computing facilities, networked information and access to email and the Internet.
  • The School makes funding available each year for PGR students who wish to attend conferences/undertake library or archive visits in order to assist with their PhD studies.

Ffeithiau allweddol

Math o astudiaeth Amser llawn, rhan amser
Cymhwyster PhD, MPhil
Hyd amser llawn PhD 3 years, MPhil 1 year
Hyd rhan-amser PhD 5 years, MPhil 2 years
Derbyniadau Ionawr, Ebrill, Gorffennaf, Hydref

‘Positioned at the interface of different traditions, methodologies, theoretical approaches, disciplines and practices, our pioneering research engenders challenging and fascinating questions for our staff and, through our PhD supervision and research-led teaching, also for our students at all levels.’
Professor Alison Wray, Director of Research in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy

The School’s research is recognised internationally for its excellence and was ranked in the top ten for the quality of its English Language and Literature research, including Creative Writing, in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Cardiff University has recently joined the world's top 100 universities for the study of English Language & Literature in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. Read in full here.

Amgylchedd ymchwil

The School takes the training of research students very seriously, providing the facilities and supervisory guidance to help each student flourish intellectually and work productively. The School has a dedicated suite of PhD research rooms with excellent networked IT facilities.  Each student has a travel budget and a contribution to photocopying costs, as well as free printing facilities. We regularly check with students what training they need, and ensure that it is provided. Our PhD students can apply to get teaching experience with us, and our unique ‘Learning to Teach’ programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy. The School holds a yearly conference to allow PhD students the opportunity to share work with their peers in a supportive and stimulating multi-disciplinary environment. The Arts and Social Studies Library is well-stocked with books and academic journals in all our subject areas, electronic resources, and specialist collections such as Cardiff Rare Books, a rich collection of over 14,000 items ranging from fifteenth-century incunabula to twentieth-century fine press books.

In a competitive jobs market, our students are encouraged and supported in building up the skills that will make them employable, whatever their career direction. We value the rich experience of our many overseas students, and actively attend to their specific needs in relation to their cultural context of study and the demands of writing elegantly in a second language.

Postgraduate study in the School is a gateway to many careers within and beyond academia. Many overseas postgraduates return to lectureships with much enhanced career prospects. Example employers in the UK include Cardiff University, HMRC, Mencap, Poetry Wales Magazine, Teach First, Welsh Government, with jobs that include Crime Intelligence Analyst, Creative Writing Lecturer, Librarian, Poet, Recruitment Consultant, Teacher, Writer.

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Gallai ymgeiswyr ar gyfer y rhaglen Doethuriaeth Broffesiynol fod yn gymwys i wneud cais am fenthyciad doethuriaeth ôl-raddedig gan Lywodraeth y DU..

Benthyciadau Llywodraeth y DG i ôl-raddedigion doethuriaeth


For the full range of funding possibilities on offer, see ourPostgraduate Funding Opportunitiespage.

Edrychwch ar ein prosiectau a'n hysgoloriaethau PhD diweddaraf a chael rhagor o wybodaeth am gyfleoedd ariannu eraill.

Ffioedd dysgu

Myfyrwyr o'r DU

Mynnwch y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am ffioedd ôl-raddedigion.

Myfyrwyr o'r UE, AEE a'r Swistir

Mynnwch y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am ffioedd ôl-raddedigion.

Myfyrwyr o weddill y byd (rhyngwladol)

Mynnwch y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am ffioedd ôl-raddedigion.

Suitable for graduates in Humanities and Social Sciences. A First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or equivalent is required.

Students who have not completed an MA or a research training methods course normally follow the first two terms of the taught MA while reading for their PhD thesis.

As well as the application form, the research proposal and supporting documents, we also require two sample essays of about 2000 words in English written by you on any literary or cultural topic of your choice (something that you have previously submitted for your master’s degree, for instance).

For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS overall score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each sub score is essential.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Gofynion Iaith Saesneg

The School welcomes applications from students outside the United Kingdom. For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS overall score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each sub score is essential.

Darllenwch ein Gofynion Iaith Saesneg am ragor o wybodaeth.

As well as the online application form, the research proposal and supporting documents, we also require a sample essay of around 4000 words in English written by you on any literary or cultural topic of your choice (something that you have previously submitted for your master’s degree, for instance). You are recommended to email the postgraduate administrator at encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk with your research proposal and a sample essay prior to making a formal application.

Guidelines for writing a research proposal can be found here.

Proses gwneud cais

The University has four entry points for research degrees; 1st October, 1st January, 1st April or 1st July


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ENCAP Postgraduate Admissions

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