Media and Creative Industries

PhD opportunities

Students undertaking a PhD programme with the Institute for Media and Creative Industries will undertake theoretically informed research that aims to impact the policies and practices of the media and communications industry, the government and the third sector.

Overview

The Institute for Media and Creative Industries boasts a talented, close-knit research community, with a shared passion for the growth and impact of research on communication and media content, technologies and structures.

By pursing a postgraduate research programme within the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, individuals will have the opportunity to work with top researchers in the field and gain first-hand experience of real life problem solving.

Who should apply?

If you are interested in undertaking theoretically informed research that aims to impact the policies and practices of the media and communications industry, the government and the third sector then a PhD with the Institute for Media and Creative Industries could be for you.

Research areas

The Institute for Media and Creative Industries boasts a talented, close-knit research community, with a shared passion for the growth and impact of research on communication and media content, technologies and structures.

The Institute maintains a strong interest in the relationships between media and communication and technological, social and cultural change. Current research considers the implications of technological transformations and social change, including social, cultural, political and economic relationships and movements, as well as social media and activism in contemporary and historical contexts.

Much of the research in the institute is collaborative and interdisciplinary, connecting to local and global communities and organisations. The Institute also works with community groups, cultural institutions and global agencies to explore the applications of their latest research.

The Institute has a particular strength in ethnography, participatory approaches, oral histories, archival research and textual analysis. The Institute explores the application of these methodological approaches to critical studies of gender, sexuality, identity, race and ethnicity. The Institute is also interested in notions of mobility (people and technologies), place, creativity and labour, and the communication practices and infrastructures that connect and disconnect, enable and constrain.

Our academics cover a range of research interests including legacy and new media and communication structures, regulations and practices. We have experience of conducting empirical research across the globe and are particularly interested in global perspectives on media, communications and social life.

How to apply

Apply now All MPhil and PhD applications must be made online.

Applications for research should indicate the institute within which you would like to study and preferably the member(s) of staff whose research area is of most interest to you. If you’d like to make an application, we strongly recommend contacting your preferred supervisor in advance to discuss your research proposal in more detail.

To see a full list of academic staff within the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, please visit the Institute for Media and Creative Industries staff page. Please use our online application portal to submit your research proposal, and clearly outline the question you intend to address. You should also include an overview of your subject area and proposed research methods.

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PhD facilities and support

As a PhD student with us, you will have 24-hour access to our dedicated research hub, stunning library and fully-equipped kitchen facilities.

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PhD fees and funding

Studying for a PhD is a significant but incredibly rewarding investment for your career and for your future. Visit our fees and funding pages to find out whether you are eligible for financial support towards your studies.

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