The Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies welcomes applications from students who wish to pursue an MRes in the area of critical theory.
Much of our work is interdisciplinary and draws upon staff expertise in modern theory, political philosophy, cultural, literary, media and film studies, both in the department and in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies of which it is part.
Our diverse research community provides a stimulating environment for postgraduates. The interdisciplinary approach is enhanced by the network of staff interested in and contributing to critical theory and cultural studies programmes from across the Faculty of Arts. We have a substantial number of postgraduate students from numerous different cultures, ensuring a cosmopolitan and international study environment.
The department also leads the Research Centre for Critical Theory.
Our postgraduate students are currently researching on a broad range of topics including:
- Waste and Consumer Society
- Baudrillard and Architecture
- Lacan and Realism
- Deleuze and Music
- Foucault in the Humanities
- Hybridity in Argentinian and English Literature and Culture
- Memory, Place, Imagination and Fiction
- Suicide Authors: A Deconstructive Study
- Globalisation and National Cinema
All full-time students complete 180 credits in a year. The taught component is worth 60 credits and consists of three 20 credit modules.
Your 25,000-word dissertation (worth 120 credits) is submitted at the end of the year. It is marked by both an internal and an external examiner with the possibility of a viva.
All students will complete the following module:
Research Skills in Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies
Starting with the experience of engaging with foreign languages and cultures in a world marked by international relations and transnational exchange and by the legacies of colonialism and imperialism, this module introduces students to the ways cultures interact, exchange ideas, arts and commodities. Considering relevant theories along with case studies that range from the early modern period to the present day, it takes a cross-disciplinary approach to postgraduate study and research in Modern Languages in the areas of linguistics, history, politics, critical theory, literature, film, the visual arts, and culture and media studies.
The module covers key areas of intercultural studies in modern languages: languages and transcultural experience, empires and the (post) colonial world, nation and immigration, cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism and globalisation, and gender and ethnicity. It also provides modern languages students with practical research skills such as presentational skills, academic writing skills, and career planning.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This prospectus may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
All research students are involved in the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme, which includes weekly work-in-progress seminars. The school's energetic research culture also involves a programme of visiting speakers and regular symposia organised by staff and students (these have included recent events on cultural borrowings, television and memory, digital archives, and sound in the media).
The department offers:
- advanced research training
- expert supervision (each student is allocated two supervisors)
- frequent reviews and feedback on progress
- weekly 'work-in-progress' seminars
- well-equipped work bases, with excellent library and IT facilities
- support for research trips and conference attendance, inter-library loans
- full participation in the department’s academic life, including opportunities to become a teaching assistant
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.
You will have two supervisors who regularly read and advise on your work and attend your works-in-progress presentation. The work-in-progress is a weekly session in which you present your ongoing research to their peers, supervisors and to invited members of academic staff and research students from other Schools in the University.
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's website.
Careers and professional development
Average starting salary and career progression
For postgraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Areas Studies, six months after graduation:
- 94.7% were in employment or further study
- the average salary was £20,000
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
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.