Portuguese and Lusophone Studies PhD

 
  

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Qualification
PhD Portuguese and Lusophone Studies
Duration
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject. For PhD-level study, we would usually expect you to hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject.
IELTS
7.0 (6.5) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
University Park
Other requirements

Research overview

At the end of three years’ full-time registration, plus one year optional writing-up, you will have written a thesis of between 80,000-100,000 words, in English, Spanish or Portuguese, on a topic which makes a significant contribution to the sum of knowledge on the Hispanic or Lusophone worlds.

You will normally have completed a research-preparation masters degree in a related discipline. You will have agreed your research topic with a main supervisor before you start. You will be given a second supervisor, whose field of expertise complements that of your main supervisor, when you begin. You will work with this team closely for the duration of your study. You will also be welcome to consult any other member of the department whose research seems of relevance to your own work.

You will attend all departmental research seminars and special lectures and deliver at least one paper of your own each year, usually at the annual Postgraduate Forum. If there are areas of research methodology which need to be addressed, you will be invited to attend relevant courses offered by the Graduate School or your supervisor will advise you. During your time with us, you will be considered a fully-paid-up member of the research community, with the right to contribute to debate, start-up research initiatives and attend national and international conferences, when and as your supervisor deems appropriate. Our research community is very strong and full of strong-minded people. It should be a very rewarding journey.

You also have the possibility of registering for, or transferring to, the European Doctorate, which has the advantage of enabling doctoral graduates’ PhDs to be recognised elsewhere in Europe.

 

Facilities

The department welcomes applications from students who wish to pursue MRes or PhD degrees. Research students come to Nottingham from the UK and overseas, including the EU, the Middle and Far East, Latin America and the United States. With their diversity of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, they constitute a rich, rewarding and supportive postgraduate community. 

All research students are involved in the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme. The school's energetic research culture also involves a programme of visiting speakers and regular symposia organised by staff and students.

The department offers research students:

  • advanced research training
  • expert supervision (each student is allocated two supervisors)
  • frequent reviews and feedback on progress
  • departmental research seminars/work in progress sessions
  • well-equipped work bases, with excellent library and IT facilities
  • support for research trips and conference attendance, inter-library loan
 

Research support

Research students benefit from the well-established research environment and professional training available. Postgraduates have the opportunity to participate in a range of vital learning experiences while studying in the department, including the department’s Postgraduate Professional Development Programme and the University’s Graduate School research training courses. Many of our research students publish high-quality books and articles and have secured teaching positions in universities both in the UK and abroad.

Research supervision 

In terms of research student supervision, the department does all it can to meet recommended practice in this area. Students have supervisors who regularly read and advise on their work and attend that student’s works-in-progress presentation. Work-in-progress sessions are regularly held and provide an opportunity for students to present their ongoing research to their peers, supervisors, invited members of academic staff and research students from other Schools in the University.

Support for students 

Students have dedicated study space within the School, accessing computers and the Internet. Research students are also offered advice on publishing and professional development by supervisors and through the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme, which involves stage-specific training sessions offered by the Arts Graduate Centre. There are opportunities for students to act as teaching assistants on undergraduate courses. In order to do this, students are required to take training courses run by the Graduate School in the year prior to such teaching and to attend the school’s teaching induction sessions. Teaching assistants are supported and monitored by the module convenors, the Chair of Teaching Committee and the Director of Research.

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. 

Details of research supervisors can be found on the Department website.

 

Funding

If you choose to study with us, there are various sources of funding to which you can apply. Some are administered by the school, others by research bodies to which the school has links, and others by the University and central government sources. These opportunities are often specific to particular degree programmes, or to the fee-status of a student, so it is important to read all related information very carefully.

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership  supports the personal and professional development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. Studentships are available to UK/EU students.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018.

View University of Nottingham supervision areas and Midlands3Cities application procedures

The Partnership is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City.

 

More information about additional sources of funding can be found on the following web pages.

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies funding pages

University of Nottingham Graduate School funding pages

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Average starting salary and career progression

According to independent research, Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and over 2,000 employers approach the University every year with a view to recruiting our students. 

In 2015, 95% of postgraduates in the Faculty of Arts who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,250 with the highest being £33,000.**

The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

** Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.

 
 
 
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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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