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Humanities PhD

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What is Humanities?

Research degrees in the Humanities offer you a multitude of opportunities depending on your discipline, interests, and experience. The University of Gloucestershire offers research degree options in five main areas, but also welcomes students who want to work across disciplines. Find out more about each, below.

Offers research opportunities in early modern, modern and contemporary Britain, American and African American history, Russian and Soviet history. A wide variety of topics can be supported: e.g. women and gender relations, domestic, social and cultural policy, popular movements, music, diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations, militarism, warfare and trauma, migration, and local history.

Creative Writing:
The team has specialisms in the writing of poetry, plays, short-stories, novels and novellas, and in the creative process, creative writing pedagogy, language and style, writing and cognition. There are also opportunities for interdisciplinary work with English Language and Literature, Fine Art or Performance.

Opportunities for research cover English Language and English Literature as well as interdisciplinary projects. While our expertise is broad, we particularly welcome applications in: Romantic and Nineteenth-century and North American literature; Thomas Hardy; Crime Fiction; Children’s Literature; Women’s Writing; postcolonial and black British literature; nature writing; Ecolinguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Variation; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology.

Philosophy and Ethics:
The underlying ethos is that philosophy is transformational and practical, and is a living tradition of engagement with the wider world. We offer research opportunities in continental philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, Islamic philosophy, and the philosophy of religion and aesthetics.

Theology and Religious Studies
This area has an established pedigree of wide-ranging research with students in UK and international contexts. We have special interests in: social scientific approaches to biblical studies; the socio-political use of biblical texts; New Testament theology; Islamic political philosophy; Buddhism; and the study of Religious Diasporas.

Study style

The Humanities subject community offers a stimulating and supportive intellectual environment, consisting of a diverse culture of specialist and interdisciplinary postgraduate research. You’ll benefit from working with a team of research-active and industry-connected supervisors, as well as being part of a research community. Working closely with your supervisors, you will shape a research project which is current and cutting edge in your discipline.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject

    • Please provide a copy of your research proposal. This should be 1,000 words (excluding references and appendices) following the structure outlined in our research proposal guide available here: Please note that we are unable to process applications without a proposal for the School’s consideration. This will delay the processing of applications whilst the proposal is requested.

Fees and costs

Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Oct 2022 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) £5,100 £10,200
Feb 2023 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) £5,100 £10,200
Oct 2023 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) TBC TBC
Feb 2024 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) TBC TBC

Possible careers

Research in the Humanities provides a myriad of critical, creative, and communication skills which can are valuable in a wide range of contexts. Some of our graduates go on to roles in publishing, management, the Civil Service, and the third sector, as well to academic and writing roles.

Established cultural links

We have close links with the local theatre, heritage and festival organizations, as well as religious, philosophical and community groups.

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Internationally-recognised supervisors

Our supervisors have internationally-recognised profiles as academics and writers, providing a multitude of networking opportunities.

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A vibrant community

Be part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community.

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