Why choose this programme
At the Research Centre for Mobilities in Literature and Culture, we bring together researchers from across the School of Literature and Languages to examine pressing social and cultural issues. These themes of exploration include social and cultural networks; cities and urban culture; subversive space and the imagination of alternative spaces; disconnections and connections; embodiment and the practice and politics of movement; post-humanism; transnationalism and its limitations.
We’re part of TECHNE, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded doctoral training partnership, which provides access to comprehensive academic and professional training programmes, as well as the possibility of funding for your studies. Our projects are currently looking at areas such as the work of British artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), cartoneras publishing in South America, and French migration and anarchist movements.
We’re part of the interdisciplinary School of Literature and Languages, which has research-active staff in English Literature, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Translation Studies, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, and Literary and Cultural Studies.
You’ll join a cosmopolitan, multilingual and multicultural community of students and scholars, and we see our research students as being a core part of the School.
What you will study
It normally takes three years of full-time study or six years of part-time study to complete our PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies. You’ll take a confirmation viva at 12-15 months (or 24-30 months part-time) and then be assessed by a thesis and viva examination.
You’ll be assigned two supervisors, who you’ll meet with monthly to discuss your progress. Your supervisors will guide you through your PhD, and will give you feedback and advice on your work.
As a doctoral student in the School of Literatures and Languages, you’ll receive a structured training programme covering the practical aspects of being a researcher, including grant writing, publishing in journals, and applying for academic jobs.
Your final assessment will be based on the presentation of your research in a written thesis, which will be discussed in a viva examination with at least two examiners. You have the option of preparing your thesis as a monograph (one large volume in chapter form) or in publication format (including chapters written for publication), subject to the approval of your supervisors.
- Latin American literary and cultural studies
- Iberian literary and cultural studies
- Transnational history and its methodologies
- Franco-British political and cultural exchanges, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Our academic staff
See a full list of all our academic staff within the School of Literature and Languages.
You’ll be allocated desk space within the School of Literature and Languages, and you’ll also be able to take advantage of our common rooms for socialising and networking with other students and staff.
Applicants are expected to hold a good Bachelors degree and/or Masters degree (2:1 or equivalent) in languages (with a literary or linguistic background), or in related subject areas is required. For other topics, a good Bachelors degree and an MA in a relevant topic is required.
International entry requirements by country
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category and at least 7.0 in the writing component.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Selection is based on applicants meeting the expected entry requirements, assessment of application, successful interview and suitable references where required.
Start date: October 2022
Start date: January 2023
Start date: April 2023
For fees payable in 2022/23, these will increase by 4 per cent, rounded up to the nearest £100 for subsequent years of study. Any start date other than October will attract a pro-rata fee for that year of entry (75 per cent for January, 50 per cent for April and 25 per cent for July).
Overseas students applying for 2022 entry should note that annual fees will rise by 4% rounded up to the nearest £100.
There are additional costs that you can expect to incur when studying at Surrey. Find out more.
A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.
How to apply
If you are applying for a studentship to work on a particular project, you should enter the details of the specific project that you wish to apply for rather than your own research proposal.
Code of practice for research degrees
Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees. The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.
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Terms and conditions
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