Become a Researcher

Being a researcher is one of the most exciting careers you can embrace and the British Cultural Studies MA programme is ready to help you become one. A researcher is much like an entrepreneur: if you have a good research idea, you write a research project and begin looking for financing. Once you get the money, you can meet your target at your own pace with maximum flexibility. In most cases, researchers are the managers of their own projects: they set the workload, the working hours, draw the budget, establish their own income, and so on. Sound cool, right? But are there financing opportunities for Romanian researchers?

Contrary to popular belief, there are quite a few national and international institutions that offer grants to Romanian researchers of all ages and levels. See, for instance the Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI), New Europe College (NEC), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB), as well as the many grants offered by universities via European structural programmes such as the ongoing Human Capital Operational Programme (2014-2020). And the list goes on.

If freelancing is not for you, or you want to combine freelancing with a more stable job, you can also work as a researcher at an institute run by a university, the Romanian Academy, the Romanian Government, the Romanian Parliament or even the European Comission. You can also work in the creative industry helping creators of content with historical and cultural issues. Fact is, in all areas of activity there is the need for experts, including experts in the Humanities.

So how can the MA in British Cultural Studies help you become a successful researcher? First, it provides you with the expertise you need to be admitted to a doctoral school, which is a key step in the path towards becoming a researcher. Find out more about that here. Once you are a PhD student, you can apply for a researcher position in projects managed by other doctors in philology. After you have defended your doctoral dissertation, you are far more independent and can apply on you own.

In order to get a grant, you need to write a research project. Our students get sustained training in writing papers and proposals from our faculty members who are experienced researchers with a consistent track record in obtaining financing for their projects.

Many of our alumni are successful researchers. Read their testimonials to learn more about their stories.