Media Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MA (Res), MPhil (Res)

As one of the world’s leading centres for the study of film, television and media, our department produces innovative and interdisciplinary research. Drawing on a range of methodologies and approaches, our expertise spans audience and reception studies, British film and television, community media, feminist media studies, popular culture and music, world cinemas and the digital humanities.


RESEARCH - You will be part of a thriving and active postgraduate community with around 70 PhD students. We welcome applications for PhDs and MPhil degrees and Masters' by Research. For more information on our current research opportunities visit: 

STAFF RESEARCH INTERESTS - As a PhD student, you'll be supervised by a team of two academic staff members drawn from our Faculty of internationally renowned research staff. Our research areas include: Media history; Genre studies; Gender and feminist media studies; British cinema; Audience and reception studies; Practice as research. 

If you are interested in applying for a research degree, please feel free to contact academic staff directly. For contact details and research interests go to: 

STUDENT RESEARCH - Student research has included work on marketing film horror, cinema going and youth cultures, women's representation in chick flicks, audiences for reality television in China, sitcom screenwriting, feminisms in US television, women in British cinema, audio drama and podcasting, and American film serials. 

SEMINARS, STUDY DAYS AND RESEARCH SKILLS TRAINING - As a postgraduate student, you’ll be part of our regular research programme. This includes guest lectures, study days, symposia and major international conferences. Recent events have included the International Girls Studies and Women’s Film and Television History Network conferences, and symposia on film and the environment, celebrity and stardom, youth media, and new approaches to British cinema and television. You’ll take part in our postgraduate training seminars, and you’ll have the chance to hone your research and professional skills through sessions organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School. 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities

Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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