Cambridge offers internationally significant libraries and special collections, above all through the copyright library resources of the University Library. In addition, a dynamic and developing context for supporting research that shares the interdisciplinary emphasis of Criticism and Culture is provided by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). Furthermore, doctoral candidates in Criticism and Culture have also been closely involved in the Centre for Material Texts, the Cambridge Performance Network, and the Centre of African Studies, and across the many different research groupings alive in the University of Cambridge.
Along with such resources and intellectual contexts, the research environment for doctoral candidates in Criticism and Culture provides an intellectual framework for dialogue across the range of interests represented in the Faculty of English and for dialogue with other Faculties both within and beyond the Humanities. Building on the innovative M.Phil. in Criticism and Culture, the research environment for the Ph.D in Criticism and Culture actively enables a wide range of different kinds of research.
The M.Phil in Criticism and Culture is a ground-breaking taught graduate programme, which draws on inter-disciplinary and theoretically inflected approaches. It encourages students to explore concepts and problems across boundaries, disciplines and historical periods, use their research to offer novel combinations of writing and thinking and pursue problems that generate new kinds of criticism. Criticism and Culture students frequently work across conventional period boundaries and literary categories. Past and current research projects address, among other things, topics in poetics, visual culture, post-colonial and global literatures and eco-poetics, and draw together literature and science, screen media and the digital humanities.
While there is no imperative to be or become inter-disciplinary, comparative or theoretical, and while much of the work in Criticism and Culture remains productively within the traditional range of English studies, Criticism and Culture nevertheless seeks to support and nurture research that might need to explore the boundaries of disciplines and traditional categories.
The committee examining research applications is as interested in historically grounded scholarship as in innovative research methods. Faculty members who supervise and advise for doctoral dissertations (an indicative but not exhaustive list is given below) themselves work across a wide array of topics, historical periods, literary genres, and approaches. Proposals of all kinds, therefore, are welcome.
In addition to the training offered as part of the Ph.D., the research environment for Criticism and Culture includes a number of fortnightly graduate research seminars (Literary Theory; Drama, Postcolonial and Related Literatures; Screen Media Research, Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature; and American), along with a number of informal networks and reading groups.
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Approximately 8 hours per year. The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University's expectations regarding supervision
In addition to supervision meetings each student should also receive a supervision report at the end of each term via the online Cambridge Graduate Supervision Reporting System.
Submission of an 80,000 word dissertation and an examination, conducted orally, on the subject of the dissertation.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.