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Staffordshire University: Humanties and Performing Arts

Institution Staffordshire University
Department Digital, Technologies and Arts
Study type Research


Staffordshire University supports students studying for PhDs in Humanities across a range of topics covering international relations, English, art and design, philosophy, history, archaeology and geography. Current areas of expertise and research within the Department include:

  • International relations

  • Defence and secret intelligence

  • Conflict and mass violence

  • Philosophy (Kant, Nietzsche, Foucault, contemporary European philosophy, hermeneutics, philosophy and the arts)

  • History

  • Political thought, socialist theory

  • Archaeology, including forensic archeology

  • Terrorism

  • GIS and valued landscapes

  • Environment and sustainability

  • Cultural geography, outdoor pursuits

  • Glacial and hazard geomorphary, natural hazards

  • Geographical political economy, urban and regional studies

  • Local and regional socio-economic development

Students can study part-time and full-time, on campus and by distance learning. MPhil options may also be available. Full-time PhDs will normally be completed within 3-4 years and part-time PhDs in 6 years. Students usually start in September, January or April but start dates outside these cohorts may be possible in discussion with supervisory teams.

As well as the support provided by their supervisory teams, all PhD students at Staffordshire University are also supported by The Graduate School, which aims to provide a rich, supportive environment for every research degree student situated in the University’s academic schools. They run induction days for new students, to help them understand how their degree works and what to expect. They also offer dozens of workshops each year to help with students’ professional development and contribute to an annual Postgraduate Research Conference, and also host a number of social events where researchers can meet and share experiences.

Potential applicants should contact The Graduate School in the first instance to find out about how to apply.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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