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A Doctor of Philosophy, or PhD, is an advanced degree that requires years of study, dedication, and hard work to earn. With their comprehensive knowledge and increased expertise, individuals who earn a PhD are often considered experts in their field. What is a PhD in Cultural Studies? This program provides students with an in-depth education regarding the study and analysis of worldwide cultures.… Read more

A Doctor of Philosophy, or PhD, is an advanced degree that requires years of study, dedication, and hard work to earn. With their comprehensive knowledge and increased expertise, individuals who earn a PhD are often considered experts in their field.

What is a PhD in Cultural Studies? This program provides students with an in-depth education regarding the study and analysis of worldwide cultures. Completing a PhD in Cultural Studies may require learning about the artistic and literary traditions of a culture, as well as the influence of trade, media, nationalism, immigration, education, and race in a culture’s identity. Possible course topics may include gender and sexuality, human rights practices, political landscapes, immigration and ethnicity, militarization and conflicts, and travel and tourism. PhD students often choose to focus in a specific area, such as human rights studies or feminist theories.

Earning a PhD in Cultural Studies allows students to focus their learning in a specific area that interests them, which can be very rewarding. Pursuing an advanced education may also help graduates to find careers that pay well and increased professional and personal opportunities.

The cost to earn a PhD can vary from one student to another and may depend on a variety of factors. Interested students should speak directly with their potential schools and ask for current information regarding tuition rates and other possible fees.

Graduates with a PhD in Cultural Studies have many career options available to them in the sectors of education, research, administration, counseling, policy development, social services, and the nonprofit field. Students may choose to work as a professor, teaching cultural studies or focusing their teaching on a specific culture, such as Western culture studies or African American studies. Students may also choose to work as a community outreach coordinator, cultural researcher, social advocate, museum director and administrator, or executive director of an NGO.

Completing a PhD in Cultural Studies may be a lifelong goal, but it starts with a single step. To take that first step, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Universidade Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

It is an interuniversity Doctorate Program at the universities of Vigo, a Coruña and Santiago de Compostela with which it is intended to generate an interprofessional space be ... +

It is an interuniversity Doctorate Program at the universities of Vigo, a Coruña and Santiago de Compostela with which it is intended to generate an interprofessional space between the different agents that participate in the protection of Heritage in their different perspectives: documentation and valuation of the asset culture, characterization of the materials of the property and the environment in which it is found, mechanisms of deterioration and diagnosis and, finally, direct or indirect intervention on the Heritage. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Spanish
Oct 2021
Campus
 
CATOLICA - Faculty of Human Sciences
Lisbon, Portugal

The Doctoral Program in Culture Studies is part of a network hosted by the Lisbon Consortium that brings together the academy and the art world through a partnership between t ... +

The Doctoral Program in Culture Studies is part of a network hosted by the Lisbon Consortium that brings together the academy and the art world through a partnership between the MA and PhD Programs in Culture Studies at Universidade Católica Portuguesa and prominent cultural institutions in Lisbon (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Cinemateca Portuguesa, Museu Nacional do Teatro e da Dança, Culturgest, Fundação Oriente, Centro Nacional de Cultura, Oceanário de Lisboa, Parques de Sintra-Monte da Lua, Fundação EDP, Fundação Millennium BCP, Fundação Amélia de Mello and Câmara Municipal de Lisboa). -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
North Dakota State University - Graduate School
Fargo, USA

This innovative and regionally unique program invites students to work at the intersection of rhetorical, textual, and cultural studies.

This innovative and regionally unique program invites students to work at the intersection of rhetorical, textual, and cultural studies. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 5 years
English
Aug 2022
01 Feb 2022
Campus
 

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McMaster University Faculty of Humanities
Hamilton, Canada

The challenges we face today—social and environmental injustice, climate change, precarious work, surveillance, and a shrinking public sphere—are big, complex and multifaceted ... +

The challenges we face today—social and environmental injustice, climate change, precarious work, surveillance, and a shrinking public sphere—are big, complex and multifaceted. Among their many other dimensions, they are questions of communication and culture, which demand urgent engagement. The Ph.D. in Communication, New Media, and Cultural Studies (CNMCS) is for creative students who embrace complexity, love difficult questions, and hunger for intellectual, artistic, and pedagogical risk-taking driven towards positive social change. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English (Canada)
07 Sep 2022
15 Feb 2022
Campus
 
The Cyprus Institute
Nicosia, Cyprus

This multi-disciplinary program promotes excellence and immerses doctoral candidates in research that lies at the crossroads between Science, Technology and the Humanities, an ... +

This multi-disciplinary program promotes excellence and immerses doctoral candidates in research that lies at the crossroads between Science, Technology and the Humanities, and the Social Sciences. It focuses on preparing students to deal with significant research problems in Cultural Heritage and Archaeology that can effectively utilize advances and applications in digital technologies and scientific methods. Indicative fields of specialization include Digital Heritage, Visualization in Art and Architecture, Archaeological Sciences, Built Heritage, Human Bioarchaeology, and Archaeobotany. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Oct 2021
Campus
 
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Lucca, Italy

One of the four field-specific tracks is Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage, which is under the “Cognitive and Cultural Systems” PhD Program.

One of the four field-specific tracks is Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage, which is under the “Cognitive and Cultural Systems” PhD Program. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
Campus
 
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

Established in 2000, the Department is the first and still the only place in the Chinese-speaking world with a fully interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan faculty of staff commit ... +

Established in 2000, the Department is the first and still the only place in the Chinese-speaking world with a fully interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan faculty of staff committed exclusively to the teaching and research in contemporary Cultural Studies. -
PhD
Full-time
30 - 72 months
English
Sep 2022
01 Dec 2021
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) will welcome applications from MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake research in the disciplines of C ... +

The SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) will welcome applications from MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake research in the disciplines of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies. The Centre has developed its own MPhil training programme which will enable research students to be registered in the Centre rather than in specific regional Departments or those of other disciplines. The Centre places its emphasis on the acquisition of critical theoretical skills and in-depth regional, linguistic and cultural knowledge with specific reference to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, but also to literature written in European languages. Prospective research students will have the unique opportunity to work on an exceptionally wide range of topics, theoretical and critical, supervised according to the expertise of a wide range of academic staff across the Faculty and SOAS. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Charles University Faculty of Arts
Prague, Czech Republic

Graduates of the doctoral program in Asian History and Culture are highly qualified specialists in the area of their specialization. Their excellent command of a selected Asia ... +

Graduates of the doctoral program in Asian History and Culture are highly qualified specialists in the area of their specialization. Their excellent command of a selected Asian language enables them to work critically with primary sources, and they have a solid grounding in secondary literature and contemporary research. Their excellent level of erudition enables them to pursue careers in the academia (universities, research centers, etc.); they can, moreover, seek employment in cultural institutions, diplomacy, mass media, specialized think-tanks, etc. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Oct 2021
Campus
 
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Vila Real, Portugal

Objectives: - To provide doctoral students with a specific and up-to-date training in the area of ​​Cultural Studies based on contemporary theorizing; - promote a specialized ... +

Objectives: - To provide doctoral students with a specific and up-to-date training in the area of ​​Cultural Studies based on contemporary theorizing; - promote a specialized training in Cultural Studies promoting inter, trans and multidisciplinary dialogue; - to contribute to the development of methodological skills of advanced level in the area of ​​Cultural Studies; - encourage the implementation of projects that promote a broader dissemination of research in culture. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Portuguese (Portugal)
Campus
 
Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes
Aguascalientes, Mexico

The Center for Social Sciences and Humanities presents the syllabus of the Doctorate in Sociocultural Studies (previous denomination, Doctorate in Social Sciences and Humaniti ... +

The Center for Social Sciences and Humanities presents the syllabus of the Doctorate in Sociocultural Studies (previous denomination, Doctorate in Social Sciences and Humanities), with a focus on the training of researchers, to offer a quality postgraduate, transdisciplinary and flexible option. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Spanish
Campus
 
Spertus Institute
Chicago, USA

Spertus Institute's Doctor of Hebrew Letters (DHL) is designed specifically for in-service Jewish professionals, primarily rabbis, but may also be of interest to educators and ... +

Spertus Institute's Doctor of Hebrew Letters (DHL) is designed specifically for in-service Jewish professionals, primarily rabbis, but may also be of interest to educators and communal service workers with extremely high facility-level classical Hebrew texts. It serves those seeking career enhancement, career change, and personal edification. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
Online
 
Michigan Technological University MTU
Houghton, USA

The shifting technological and media landscape of our globalized world constantly offers up new objects and fresh questions for examination. At Michigan Technological Universi ... +

The shifting technological and media landscape of our globalized world constantly offers up new objects and fresh questions for examination. At Michigan Technological University, we’re training a new breed of scholars who can work across disciplines to grapple with complex cultural realities. Heed the call. -
PhD
English
 
Tezukayama University
Nara, Japan

The Graduate School of Humanities aims to help students explore traditional Japanese culture in a comprehensive and systematic way. By investigating the tangible and intangibl ... +

The Graduate School of Humanities aims to help students explore traditional Japanese culture in a comprehensive and systematic way. By investigating the tangible and intangible aspects of the national culture, students can become highly qualified experts in their chosen field and effective interdisciplinary researchers. -
PhD
Japanese
Apr 2022
Campus
 
Institute For Social and European Studies ISES
Kőszeg, Hungary

The Cultural Heritage Management Postgraduate Specialization is the first of its kind in Hungary. It offers students a post-graduate opportunity to examine the growing demand ... +

The Cultural Heritage Management Postgraduate Specialization is the first of its kind in Hungary. It offers students a post-graduate opportunity to examine the growing demand in Europe for trained professionals who possess the skills and education to examine the concepts and relevance of cultural heritage and the sustainable, functioning systems meant to preserve and protect cultural heritage for future generations. -
PhD
English, Ungarian