research degrees

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In the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, you'll be part of a community that is proud of the impact that humanities research can have on society. You'll explore how culture, media and literature influence us, and how we can change the story for the better.

Our team has wide experience of traditional academic publishing as well as creative forms of communication, on-stage, on-air and online. We work across disciplines, across boundaries and across communities. Alongside your own research you'll find opportunities to work with large and small groups in the city and beyond, to deliver insights and solutions that really matter.

"The School of Cultural Studies and Humanities has a rich history of supporting interdisciplinary approaches to research and a varied programme of workshops, conferences, seminar and publishing opportunities."

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our PHD researchers

Our world is always changing. We welcome PhD researchers from all walks of life, and encourage them to develop ideas that will benefit us all.

You'll get the chance to collaborate with experienced researchers, explore intriguing topics, and reach out to a network of organisations, funders, industries and policymakers.

Learn more about our researchers below, and be part of a supportive, imaginative community.

want to know more?

If you'd like to discuss your research idea, please contact either Dr Andrew Lawson (Reader in American Literature and Postgraduate Research Tutor) or Professor Ruth Robbins (Director of Research for Cultural Studies).

The English and Creative Writing Team supports doctoral research in the broad domains of post-1500 English literature, with an especial focus on the contemporary, on women's writing, on literature and disability, on English literature beyond the British Archipelago and American Studies.

Additional areas include the historical periods of the long eighteenth century, the Victorian age and the early twentieth century. We have extensive expertise in literary theory too. Creative writing students may also enrol to conduct practice-led or practice-based research in any domain of creative writing from poetry to screenwriting, and students seeking to undertake a more interdisciplinary approach to English (for example at the intersections of literature and history or literature and film) are very much encouraged to apply.

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History at Leeds Beckett is focused on the modern (post-1500) period. The team has expertise across a range of topics, and temporal and geographical contexts. Our staff have specialisms in British, European and global history, often framed by a cultural and social history approach.

We have real strengths in areas such as environmental history, public history, European history, Gender and Women's history and life-writing (one of the many areas where joint supervision with colleagues from English could be appropriate). We are also able to support heritage-related studies.

We have strong relationships with local and regional heritage organisations (such as Leeds Museums and Galleries) and we are keen to further develop and enhance our public history offering. We would very much welcome students seeking to undertake research in this area.

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In Media, there are three interrelated strands of expertise. The first is media representation and communication: we have considerable expertise in the role of ‘new' and old' media in the reproduction and disruption of social inequalities and stigma.

The second is media culture: we have expertise in celebrity studies, political economy, iconography and cultural industries.

The third strand of our work is an empirical examination of the sensory, affective and embodied dimension of mediated spaces: we explore bodies and well-being in virtual reality, ruins, heritage sites, art work, urban and rural spaces. A deep theoretical engagement and commitment to innovative methods runs across each strand.

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transforming | lives

Keen to discover the power of focused, ambitious research? Interested in being involved in work that means something to communities, or policymakers?

Our team tackles big social issues, works across boundaries, and helps give a voice to those who are not heard enough. Work with our academics, and help to transform the way we think about the world.

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centre for culture and the arts

Founded in 2013, the Centre for Culture and the Arts is the public face of the research and public engagement work taking place in the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities.

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Study for a research degree at Leeds Beckett and you'll join a thriving academic community in an inspiring and supportive environment.

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