PhD studentships

Our studentships cover the full cost of your tuition fees, including registration, doctoral training and access to facilities. Some studentships also include a tax-free stipend to support your travel and living expenses.

At Loughborough University London, we are in pursuit of high-achieving postgraduate research students, who wish to join a leading UK institution and benefit from our outstanding facilities and support networks.

What's included?

Our PhD studentships normally cover the full cost of tuition fees for 3 years’ full-time study for successful UK, EU and International applicants. Successful UK and EU applicants will normally receive a tax-free stipend of £16,777 which will be given in monthly instalments. Additional funding may be provided for field research, travel and conference expenses. Funding information for each studentship can be found within the studentship listings below.

  • Academic supervisors to guide and support your research
  • 24-hour access to the campus, including IT and research facilities
  • Exclusive use of hot desks, meeting rooms and a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area
  • 24 hour access to the campus library
  • Free laptop hire and printing
  • How to apply

    To apply for a studentship, please follow our step by step guide to submitting a PhD application here. When submitting an application, please ensure that you quote the correct studentship reference number, which is included in each studentship listing below.

    Available studentships

    PhD Studentship: Black Popular Culture

    Application details

    Reference number:  2019/TECHNE/RDRB

    Start date: October 2019
    Closing date: Friday 24 November 2018
    Interview date: TBC

    Project detail

    This project will be eligible for application to the Techné Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Techné supports high quality candidates to pursue the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches to the study of the arts and humanities. 
     
    TECHNE provides an outstanding graduate training experience, drawing together the best of traditional scholarship, history, theory and practice across ten higher education institutions in London and the South East with extensive collaboration from 15 world-leading partners including the Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Science Museum and Crafts Council.
     
    As a consortium member of Techné, the Institute for Media and Creative Industries welcomes outstanding candidates with a research interest in the areas of youth culture, race and ethnicity studies, as well as black popular culture and the urban music economy.  The Institute for Media and Creative Industries particularly welcomes applications from individuals with a passion for outreach, who want to work with community groups and local organisations based in East London and the surrounding areas. The successful candidate will be based at the Loughborough University London campus, located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. 
     

    Entry requirements

    An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification and a relevant master's degree. 

    Funding information

    Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, TECHNE studentships cover tuition fees and an additional stipend for three years’ full-time, or part-time equivalent for six years. Stipend rates for 2019-20 are yet to be announced; however the stipend for 2018-19 was £16,777.  International students are not eligible to apply for AHRC studentships and EU students are eligible for fees only.
     
    Successful candidates can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and developmental activities.
     

    How to apply

    In order to be considered, you need to apply to, and be recommended by Loughborough University London: you cannot apply directly to TECHNE.  Applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, please select Media and Creative Industries from the list. 
     
    Please quote reference number: 2019/TECHNE/RDRB
     

    Contact details

    Dr Richard Bramwell, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies, Loughborough University

    PhD Studentship: Communication, Innovation and Design: Critical Approaches for Social Change

    Application details

    Reference number:  2019/TECHNE/JNTMK

    Start date: October 2019
    Closing date: Friday 24 November 2018
    Interview date: TBC
    Supervisors: Professor Mikko Koria, Dr. Jessica Noske-Turner
     

    Project detail

    Communication for development is a field of theory and practice, which focuses on the fostering of critical dialogue (speaking and listening) using a range of tools and methods, towards collective action and positive social change. 
     
    Increasingly, communication for social change professionals are partnering with designers, social entrepreneurs, and in spaces designed to support creativity and innovation. This shift has been identified as a possible new ‘paradigm’ for communication for development (McAnany 2012), though it remains under-theorised by scholars. 
     
    At the same time, critical writing about the rise of ‘humanitarian designers’ (Schwittay 2014) and ‘humanitarian innovation’ (Scott-Smith 2016) is emerging, along with dost-developmentalist, Arturo Escobar’s recent exploration of the radical potential of critical design (2018). This is against a backdrop in which private sector funding is contributing a growing portion of development funding and often bringing a focus on social entrepreneurship, and an overall trend towards a dominant neoliberal ideology underpinning development. 
     
    This PhD studentship will focus on cross-disciplinary themes which connect the Institute for Media and Creative Industries and the Institute for Design Innovation. The successful candidate will explore emerging theory and practice connecting communication for social change, design and innovation.   
     
    This project will be eligible for application to the Techné Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which supports high quality candidates to pursue the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches to the study of the arts and humanities. 
     
    TECHNE provides an outstanding graduate training experience, drawing together the best of traditional scholarship, history, theory and practice across ten higher education institutions in London and the South East, with extensive collaboration from 15 world-leading partners including the Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Science Museum and Crafts Council.
     

    Entry requirements

    An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification and a relevant master's degree. 

    Funding information

    Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, TECHNE studentships cover tuition fees and an additional stipend for three years’ full-time, or part-time equivalent for six years. Stipend rates for 2019-20 are yet to be announced; however the stipend for 2018-19 was £16,777.  International students are not eligible to apply for AHRC studentships and EU students are eligible for fees only.
     
    Successful candidates can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and developmental activities.
     

    How to apply

    All applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, select Media and Creative Industries.

    Please quote reference number: 2019/TECHNE/JNTMK

    Contact details

    Professor Mikko Koria, Director of the Institute for Design Innovation

    PhD Studentship: Communication for Social Change

    Application details

    Reference number:  2019/TECHNE/TTJNT

    Start date: October 2019
    Closing date: Friday 24 November 2018
    Interview date: TBC
    Supervisors: Professor Thomas Tufte, Dr Jessica Noske-Turner

    Project detail

    The field of communication for social change is at a crossroads. Rapidly transforming socio-economic and political contexts, along with intense and innovative processes of media developments are producing a new environments and new research questions about the role of communication in articulating change. Combined with intense debates and critiques of how to conceptualise development and social change, it is a particularly challenging but also inspiring time to engage with questions about the role of media and communication in the context of development and social change. 
     
    The Institute for Media and Creative Industries a vibrant and dynamic research environment and is actively investigating a range of cutting-edge challenges affecting communicating for change in contexts of austerity, political tensions and a critical rethink of development and social change.
     
    In this context, the Institute for Media and Creative Industries welcomes applications from candidates with a detailed proposal which theoretically and empirically develops questions that suggest advancing the field, taking new dynamics and context into consideration. The Institute also welcomes inter-disciplinary perspectives and are very open to studies engaging with the Global South.
     
    This project will be eligible for application to the Techné Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which supports high quality candidates to pursue the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches to the study of the arts and humanities. 
     
    TECHNE provides an outstanding graduate training experience, drawing together the best of traditional scholarship, history, theory and practice across ten higher education institutions in London and the South East, with extensive collaboration from 15 world-leading partners including the Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Science Museum and Crafts Council.

    Entry requirements

    An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification and a relevant master's degree. 

    Funding information

    Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, TECHNE studentships cover tuition fees and an additional stipend for three years’ full-time, or part-time equivalent for six years. Stipend rates for 2019-20 are yet to be announced; however the stipend for 2018-19 was £16,777.  International students are not eligible to apply for AHRC studentships and EU students are eligible for fees only.
     
    Successful candidates can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and developmental activities.
     

    How to apply

    All applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, select Media and Creative Industries.

    Please quote reference number: 2019/TECHNE/TTJNT

    Contact details

    Professor Thomas Tufte, Director of the Institute for Media and Creative Industries

    PhD Studentship: Contemporary European Studies

    Application details

    • Reference number:  2018/IDIG/HDTO
    • Start date: January 2019, April 2019, July 2019
    • Closing date: Friday 17 November 2018
    • Interview date: TBC 
    • Supervisors: Professor Helen Drake and Dr Tim Oliver

    Project Detail

    The Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance is looking for exceptional candidates who want to enrich the field of contemporary French, British and/or European studies, with an approach that is pluralistic, inclusive and interdisciplinary. We want to attract high-achieving candidates who are looking to stimulate a conversation about contemporary France, and/or the UK, and/or Europe, at a time when business is definitely not as usual. We are particularly interested (but not exclusively so) in candidates with a specialist interest into:
     
    • Franco-British relations (any dimension)
    • The meanings of Brexit for the EU and the wider Europe
    • Questions of migration and diaspora in shaping UK and other European identities
     
    If you are eager to break new empirical ground and would like academic and financial support to launch a career that bridges academic and citizens’ interests, we would love to hear from you.

     

    Entry requirements

    An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification and a relevant master's degree. 

    Funding information

    This PhD studentship covers the full cost of tuition fees for 3 years’ full-time study for successful UK, EU and International applicants. Successful UK and EU applicants will also receive a tax-free stipend of £16,777 per annum. Additional funding may be provided for field research, travel and conference expenses.

     

    How to apply

    All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, please select Diplomacy and International Governance.

    Please quote reference number: 2018/IDIG/HDTO

     

    Contact details:

    Helen Drake, Professor of French and European Studies and Director of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance

    PhD Studentship: Designing Access to a Good Life

    Application details

    Reference number:  2019/TECHNE/MKIT

    Start date: October 2019
    Closing date: Friday 24 November 2018
    Interview date: TBC
     

    Project detail

    This project will be eligible for application to the Techné Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which supports high quality candidates to pursue the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches to the study of the arts and humanities. 
     
    TECHNE provides an outstanding graduate training experience, drawing together the best of traditional scholarship, history, theory and practice across ten higher education institutions in London and the South East with extensive collaboration from 15 world-leading partners including the Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Science Museum and Crafts Council.
     
    As a consortium member of Techné, the Institute for Design Innovation welcomes outstanding candidates with a research interest in exploring the application of design into the context of the multiple challenges that disability imposes on a billion people in the world today. Disability creates exclusions in education, work, civic participation and human well-being, and the current design practices, approaches and thinking are seemingly unable to widely contribute to the removal or mitigation of the effects of these exclusions.  
     
    In many cases design engages in the production of inventive artefacts and technical solutions, which however fail to diffuse widely as innovations due to the lack of supporting systems.  The doctoral project is expected to critically explore how design can contribute to meaningful value generation in service ecosystems. These systems are seen to be central elements in fostering and enabling access to wellbeing, education and livelihood opportunities for disabled individuals. The project is expected to build on and contribute to service design, public policymaking and critical design innovation and is expected to have a global context and reach.
     
    The successful candidate will be based at the Loughborough University London campus, located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. The research is expected to contribute significantly to the activities and impact of the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDIH), and joint initiative of Loughborough University London and academic partners, aiming at building a movement to accelerate disability innovation for a fairer world. 
     

    Entry requirements

    An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification and a relevant master's degree. 

    Funding information

    Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, TECHNE studentships cover tuition fees and an additional stipend for three years’ full-time, or part-time equivalent for six years. Stipend rates for 2019-20 are yet to be announced; however the stipend for 2018-19 was £16,777.  International students are not eligible to apply for AHRC studentships and EU students are eligible for fees only.
     
    Successful candidates can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and developmental activities.
     

    How to apply

    All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select Design Innovation.

    Please quote reference number: 2019/TECHNE/MKIT

    Contact details

    Professor Mikko Koria, Director of the Institute for Design Innovation

    PhD Studentship: Evaluating Cultural Value

    Application details

    Reference number:  2019/TECHNE/JTASEB

    Start date: October 2019
    Closing date: Friday 24 November 2018
    Interview date: TBC

    Project detail

    This project will be eligible for application to the Techné Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which supports high quality candidates to pursue the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches to the study of the arts and humanities. 
     
    TECHNE provides an outstanding graduate training experience, drawing together the best of traditional scholarship, history, theory and practice across ten higher education institutions in London and the South East, with extensive collaboration from 15 world-leading partners including the Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Science Museum and Crafts Council.
     
    As a consortium member of Techné, the Institute for Media and Creative Industries welcomes outstanding candidates with a research interest in exploring and raising awareness of the values and intellectual positions at the roots of contemporary evaluation practices, to open up considerations of different sets of values and modes of valuing other than those currently predominant in cultural policy discourse, which are largely predicated on an economic understanding of ‘value’ and ‘valuation’. The successful candidate will be based at the Loughborough University London campus, located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. 
     

    Entry requirements

    An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification and a relevant master's degree. 

    Funding information

    Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, TECHNE studentships cover tuition fees and an additional stipend for three years’ full-time, or part-time equivalent for six years. Stipend rates for 2019-20 are yet to be announced; however the stipend for 2018-19 was £16,777.  International students are not eligible to apply for AHRC studentships and EU students are eligible for fees only.
     
    Successful candidates can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and developmental activities.
     

    How to apply

    In order to be considered, you need to apply to, and be recommended by Loughborough University London: you cannot apply directly to Techné.  Applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, please select Media and Creative Industries from the list. 
     
    Please quote reference number: 2019/TECHNE/JTASEB 
     

    Contact details

    Professor Jo Tacchi, Associate Dean for Research, Loughborough University London
    Email address: j.a.tacchi@lboro.ac.uk
    Telephone number: +44 (0)2038235676

    PhD Studentship: (Re)designing the Change Agenda

    Application details

    Project Detail

    This project will be eligible for application to the Techné Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which supports high quality candidates to pursue the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches to the study of the arts and humanities. 
     
    TECHNE provides an outstanding graduate training experience, drawing together the best of traditional scholarship, history, theory and practice across ten higher education institutions in London and the South East with extensive collaboration from 15 world-leading partners including the Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Science Museum and Crafts Council.
     
    As a consortium member of Techné, the Institute for Design Innovation welcomes outstanding candidates with a research interest in exploring the application of design into the context of the multiple challenges that (designing) change agendas imposes on humanity. 
     
    Humanity changes the world by designing it. Life in an increasingly artificial world is shaped by human interventions, the age of the Anthropocene. Humans have designed their environment, artefacts and interactions, changing the natural circumstances beyond recognition, often towards abject harm and the detriment of our environment.  It is pertinent to ask how and why do we design what we design? Whose agenda drives this design? These urgent questions lead us to question the agenda setting of change processes (and thus the design agenda behind it).
     
    The doctoral project will engage in a critical view of design, exploring politics of change agenda-setting that have been largely ignored in the management and practice of design, to the detriment of our social and ecological world. Potentially building on concept of social fields (state, market, commons, citizens actors) the project is expected to engage with the critical constructs that shape radical new creative and experimental research pathways on design activism, design policy and critical design management. 
     
    The doctoral project is expected to critically explore how to change the world by designing it better – this implies (re)designing the change agenda. The project is expected to build on and contribute to service design, public policymaking and critical design innovation and is expected to have a global context and reach.
     
    The successful candidate will be based at the Loughborough University London campus, located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. 
     

    Entry requirements

    An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification and a relevant master's degree. 

    Funding information

    Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, TECHNE studentships cover tuition fees and an additional stipend for three years’ full-time, or part-time equivalent for six years. Stipend rates for 2019-20 are yet to be announced; however the stipend for 2018-19 was £16,777.  International students are not eligible to apply for AHRC studentships and EU students are eligible for fees only.
     
    Successful candidates can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and developmental activities.
     

    How to apply

    All applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, select Design Innovation 
     
    Please quote reference number: 2019/TECHNE/MKSP
     

    Contact details:

    Professor Mikko Koria, Director of the Institute for Design Innovation

    PhD Studentship: Social Movements

    Application details

    • Reference number:  2019/TECHNE/TTBC
    • Start date: October 2019
    • Closing date: Friday 24 November 2018
    • Interview date: TBC 
    • Supervisors: Professor Thomas Tufte and Dr Burce Celik

    Project Detail

    Following the financial crisis of 2008, the world has experienced massive citizen engagement in the form of social movements, and seeing communities of people responding to the hardships felt. The Institute for Media and Creative Industries is interested in exploring the multitude of ways whereby these social movements have engaged in creative, performative, disruptive and/or strategic processes of communication for social change. 
     
    The Institute for Media and Creative Industries welcomes applications from candidates with a detailed proposal which seeks to conduct an in-depth study of one or more of these social movements. The Institute welcomes inter-disciplinary perspectives and is very open to studies engaging with the Global South.
     
    This project will be eligible for application to the Techné Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which supports high quality candidates to pursue the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches to the study of the arts and humanities. 
     
    TECHNE provides an outstanding graduate training experience, drawing together the best of traditional scholarship, history, theory and practice across ten higher education institutions in London and the South East, with extensive collaboration from 15 world-leading partners including the Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Science Museum and Crafts Council.
     

    Entry requirements

    An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification and a relevant master's degree. 

    Funding information

    Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, TECHNE studentships cover tuition fees and an additional stipend for three years’ full-time, or part-time equivalent for six years. Stipend rates for 2019-20 are yet to be announced; however the stipend for 2018-19 was £16,777.  International students are not eligible to apply for AHRC studentships and EU students are eligible for fees only.
     
    Successful candidates can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and developmental activities.
     

    How to apply

    All applications should be made online here.  Under programme name, select Media and Creative Industries.
     
    Please quote reference number: 2019/TECHNE/TTBC
     

    Contact details:

    Professor Thomas Tufte, Director of the Institute for Media and Creative Industries
     
    Email address: t.tufte@lboro.ac.uk
    Telephone number: +44 (0)20 3818 0777

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