Literary and Cultural Studies PhD

Why choose this course?

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.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PhD Full-time 48 months January
PhD Full-time 48 months April
PhD Full-time 48 months July
PhD Full-time 48 months October
PhD Part-time 96 months January
PhD Part-time 96 months April
PhD Part-time 96 months July
PhD Part-time 96 months October
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Research themes

  • Latin American literary and cultural studies
  • Transnational history and its methodologies
  • Franco-British political and cultural exchanges, nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Our academic staff

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Research facilities

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.

Entry requirements

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.

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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.

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Selection is based on applicants meeting the expected entry requirements, assessment of application, successful interview and suitable references where required.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time January £3,146 £12,000
Full-time April £2,100 £8,000
Full-time July £1,050 £4,000
Full-time October To be confirmed £16,000
Part-time January £1,575 £6,000
Part-time April £1,050 £4,000
Part-time July £525 £2,000
Part-time October To be confirmed £8,000

For fees payable in 2018/19, 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 2018 entry should note that annual fees will rise by 4% rounded up to the nearest £100.

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Funding and studentships

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Studentship

Supervisor(s) To be confirmed
Application deadline 18 March 2018

TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership

Supervisor(s) To be confirmed
Funding Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Application deadline 28 January 2018
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Admissions enquiries

+44 (0)1483 682 222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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