We offer research degree supervision in all areas of comparative literature and comparative cultural studies, from the Middle Ages to the present.
We have particular strengths in the cultural contexts of:
- French and Francophone
- Hispanic and Lusophone
- Chinese studies
We also welcome projects involving film, TV and media studies.
The School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies has six research departments which are among the top research units in the country.
While most of our research is undertaken in our own specialist areas, we have a number of School-wide initiatives, such as research centres, research groups and journals which bring members of different departments together in a collaborative process.
Find out more about research in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies.
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.
Our energetic research culture also involves a programme of visiting speakers and regular symposia organised by staff and students.
As a Comparative Cultures research student, you will fully participate in and organise events and activities such as:
- seminar presentations
- film cycles
- discussion panels
- an annual Postgraduate Forum
- conventional research papers
- collaborative research presentations
- question-and-answer slots
- organised discussions of pre-submitted papers
- sessions on the various challenges facing research students
Our research community is very strong and full of strong-minded people. It should be a very rewarding journey.
The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University, with dedicated study spaces, training courses and placement opportunities.
We offer 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
The University provides a range of support and information to enhance your student experience.
You will have access to:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- financial support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
English language courses
Our Centre for English Language Education offers presessional English courses to help develop your English and study skills.
The centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, so you can be sure that the teaching and facilities are high-quality. You can also access free English language support alongside your academic course.
University of Nottingham Students’ Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or speak to the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.
Researcher training and development
The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers.
Careers and professional development
Many of our postgraduates have chosen academic careers and are currently in full-time posts in the UK. Others have moved into the civil service, the cultural industries, the media, publishing, teaching or translation.
The research training all our postgraduates follow equips them with a range of key transferable skills, such as analytical thinking, time management, and presentation and research skills.
Average starting salary and career progression
For postgraduates from the School of English, six months after graduation:
- 96.6% were in employment or further study
- the highest salary was £34,000
- the average salary was £21,875.
Source: known destinations and salary data for full-time, home, postgraduates extracted from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17.
Careers support and advice
Whether you are considering a career within or outside academia, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate.
Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.
Fees and funding
See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.
The latest information about funding opportunities available to Cultures, Languages and Area Studies postgraduate students is available on the School funding opportunities webpage.
The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership supports the personal and professional development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. Studentships are available for UK/EU students.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.