Department of Culture, Film and Media

Critical Theory, Media and Cultural Studies

Our department uses approaches from the overlapping fields of critical theory and media and cultural studies to question the assumptions and practices shaping the present.

Innovative media studies research in the department looks beyond traditional media to new phenomena like "citizen journalism" and "networked" activism.

The department also has an established strength in cultural studies. We study cultural values and practices that often go unnoticed in everyday life as well as the role of cultural policies in institutions such as art galleries and museums.

Critical theory and cultural studies 

Research and activities

Our department is pleased to be part of the Centre for Critical Theory, which builds on over thirty years of excellence in the field of critical theory at The University of Nottingham. The Centre facilitates and promotes cutting-edge research that aims to maintain critical theory's contemporary relevance. It facilitates numerous visiting speakers, workshops and postgraduate conferences such as the annual Vital Theory symposium organised by our MA and PhD students.


Postgraduate study

We boast a vibrant and lively postgraduate community built around the fields of critical theory, media and cultural studies, with Masters and PhD students working in a wide variety of areas within these intersecting disciplines. We welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduates looking to undertake MA and doctoral programmes in these areas, and we have an excellent record of securing funding for them.

You can find out more about our postgraduate research opportunities by consulting the online prospectus

Online Prospectus



Department of Culture, Film and Media

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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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