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Research Opportunities at the School of Humanities

  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Profile Description

Research in the Humanities is organised under the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research (CTTR).

The Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research (CTTR) in the School of Humanities offers a broad range of discipline-specific, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary supervisory expertise and capacity across the Humanities and cognate areas. The Centre's discipline portfolio includes cultural heritage, cultural studies, creative writing, film studies, linguistics, language and discourse studies, literary studies, philosophy and ethics, and religious studies. Multi- and inter-disciplinary research opportunities envisage study across disciplines, discourses and geo-cultural boundaries. CTTR also includes work undertaken by the research Centre for Sikh and Panjabi Studies and well as the The Memory Network, which brings scientists, arts and humanities scholars and writer together to rethink memory in the twenty-first century.

Specific areas of expertise include:
• Creative Writing
• Storytelling in the digital age
• Memory and cognition in the twenty-first century
• 19th, 20th and 21st century English literature (including Irish and Welsh literatures in English) European literatures and comparative literature
• Modern American literatures
• Contemporary literature (including Kazuo Ishiguro, Ali Smith etc) and popular culture
• Linguistics of East European languages
• Sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, linguistic landscaping
• Transnational literature and linguistics, including travel writing and diasporic cultural studies, psycho-geographies, linguistic landscaping; issues of race, caste, gender in religious, philosophical, cultural and diasporic contexts (particularly in the context of South Asian and Sikh studies)
• Cultural heritage, with specific reference to national and international tourism

For details of CTTR members' particular areas of research expertise and interest, please contact Professor Sebastian Groes or visit:

Founded in 2010, the CTTR has a rich academic antecedence that goes back to the establishment of degree study in the Humanities at Wolverhampton half a century ago and that includes CTTR member participation in every Research Assessment Exercise and, subsequently Research Excellence Framework submission since the inception of national research evaluation in the UK almost 25 years ago. Centre members have substantial experience of supervising and examining PhDs in the UK and elsewhere.

The CTTR has an extensive network of links with the regional, national and international academic community as well as with the non-academic sector within and beyond the UK. The Centre encourages its doctoral students to avail themselves, where appropriate, of the opportunity to engage with this macro-community of partners and collaborators through a variety of channels from bilateral agreements to ERASMUS+ mobility.

If you are interested in pursuing Doctoral Study in Humanities the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton would love to hear from you.

To apply you must complete a PhD Enquiry Form. If accepted, you will receive a conditional offer with a request to submit a research proposal and attend an interview to expand on your proposal. Start dates include all months of the year.

Although we are not currently offering bursaries for PhD study, we can supervise students in both theory and practice-led research.


Funding Notes

If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application will be considered.

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