Welcome to The Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, an interdisciplinary graduate program at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. The Theory Centre houses a graduate program offering MA and PhD degrees for interdisciplinary research in theory and criticism, including areas of inquiry such as Post-Structuralist Theory, Deconstruction, Social and Political Thought, Continental Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Visual Culture, Media Studies, Gender Studies, and Queer Theory, Marxist Theory, Post-Humanist Theory, 18th & 19th Century Philosophy, and History of Thought. More broadly, studies in our program are concerned with the questions raised by these movements, and with constructing a dialogue both between theory and its history and between the disciplines or discourses that have contributed to contemporary theory.
The Theory Centre is one of the oldest and most established programs of its kind in North America. Since the inception of its MA program in
Applications to the program are accepted once per year, for Fall admission. The online application becomes available October 1 and the deadline to apply is January 15. Learn More
The Theory Centre aims to provide every qualified student offered admission to the program with sufficient financial resources to accept their offer. Learn More
Since the inception of the MA program in 1990, the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism has been the preferred destination for students of excellent calibre from Canada and abroad. Learn More
The Centre has successfully established itself as one of Western’s well recognized and celebrated
Meet the Centre's core faculty who are derived from several departments, faculties and colleges within Western university and its affiliated colleges. Learn More
The Theory Centre is home to over 60 full-time Master's and Ph.D. students. Read their profiles here
More than 200 Master's and Doctoral students have successfully completed the programme of Theory and Criticism since its inception in 1990. Recent successes such as tenure-stream appointments and Postdoctoral Fellowships can be found here.
A listing of all graduates and their MA thesis and PhD dissertation titles from 1992 to present. Theses submitted electronically are available through Western's Electronic Theses & Dissertation Repository. Learn More