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PhD in English (Criticism and Culture)

University of Cambridge

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JAN

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Cambridge offers internationally significant libraries and special collections, above all through the copyright library resources of the University Library. In addition, a dynamic and developing context for supporting research that shares the interdisciplinary emphasis of Criticism and Culture is provided by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). Furthermore, doctoral candidates in Criticism and Culture have also been closely involved in the Centre for Material Texts, the Cambridge Performance Network, and the Centre of African Studies, and across the many different research groupings alive in the University of Cambridge.

Along with such resources and intellectual contexts, the research environment for doctoral candidates in Criticism and Culture provides an intellectual framework for dialogue across the range of interests represented in the Faculty of English and for dialogue with other faculties both within and beyond the humanities. Building on the innovative MPhil in Criticism and Culture, the research environment for the PhD in Criticism and Culture actively enables a wide range of different kinds of research. It encourages students to explore concepts and problems across boundaries, disciplines and historical periods, use their research to offer novel combinations of writing and thinking and pursue problems that generate new kinds of criticism. Criticism and Culture students frequently work across conventional period boundaries and literary categories. Past and current research projects address, among other things, topics in poetics, visual culture, post-colonial and global literatures and eco-poetics, and draw together literature and science, screen media and the digital humanities.

Assessment

Thesis

Submission of a 60,000–80,000 word thesis and an examination, conducted orally, on the subject of the thesis.

Other

Students are required to pass a registration assessment at the end of their first year. The student's advisor and another assessor will scrutinize a sample of written work and meet with the student to discuss the topic, field and methods used in research.

Application deadline

04 October 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 24,531per year

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University information

University of Cambridge

  • University League Table

    1st

  • Campus address

    University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1TN, England

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    1st out of 106 1

    1st out of 102

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    194 95%

    4th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%

    4th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    n/a

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    198 100%

    1st

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%

    1st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    n/a

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