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Black Studies, Ph.D.

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University rank #96 (QS) Nottingham, United Kingdom
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.
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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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research structure:

  • You will be allocated two supervisors who will provide regular expert supervision and feedback on your progress. At least one supervisor must be a member of staff within the Department of American and Canadian Studies. 
  • The second supervisor may be from another department or faculty at the University of Nottingham, or potentially from within the Midlands 4 Cities consortium (consisting of Nottingham Trent University, the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, the University of Leicester, University of Warwick, University of Coventry and De Montfort University).

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class
Recommended score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16350 GBP/year
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  • EU/EEA

    4260 GBP/year
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Living costs for Nottingham

  • 583 - 980 GBP/month
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