Start date:  Our standard start date is 1 October.

We also offer start dates of 1 December, 1 January, 1 February, 1 April, and 1 July.

The PhD programme in Black Studies at the University of Nottingham is the only programme of its kind in Europe. It is housed in the Department of American and Canadian Studies in the Faculty of Arts.

The department is the largest such department in Europe and has long-standing experience in supervising PhDs to successful completion. Our students’ and staff research expertise have consistently focused on black studies, African diaspora studies and African American studies. The growth and national reputation of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R), which is based in the department, has enabled  it to engage on a national level with organisations, governmental bodies, charitable groups, communities and activists interested in investigating the roles, lives, cultures, politics, representations, activism, art, histories and movements of people of African descent.

The opportunity of undertaking a Black Studies PhD comes at a crucial time within the UK, as students, communities and institutions of higher education increasingly begin to think through curriculum offerings and begin to re-centre the lives and voices of people around the globe within their research. As a programme steeped in interdisciplinary methods and critical reflection, the Black Studies PhD is a place for comparative study that allows postgraduates to consider the impact of racial systems, class formation, identity, creative expression, political futures, class, gender, sexuality and sexual expression, resistance, power and other topics as they emerge from and influence the lives of black people (variously defined) in the UK, the Americas, Europe, Africa and other global sites. Although housed in a department focusing primarily on North America, the Black Studies PhD programme is transnational in focus and intent. 

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

Get in touch: +44 (0)115 951 5917

For additional information about the programme or to schedule an informal chat, please contact the Director, Dr Karen Salt [email protected]

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Entry Requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject; for PhD-level study, we would usually expect you to hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject

Funding Notes

If you choose to study with us, there are various sources of funding to which you can apply. Some are administered by the school, others by research bodies to which the school has links, and others by the University and central government sources. These opportunities are often specific to particular degree programmes, or to the fee-status of a student, so it is important to read all related information very carefully.

AHRC funding for UK/EU doctoral students

Midlands4Cities funding

The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership supports the personal and professional development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. Studentships are available to UK/EU students.

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