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PhD and MPhil Postgraduate Research


The school is home to a thriving cohort of postgraduate research students.

There is stiff competition for the schools postgraduate research programme, as a result places are only offered to highly skilled and motivated candidates who propose research of genuine importance that aims to advance current knowledge within the specialised research fields of the school.

It is this environment that typically forty five to fifty students (both full and part-time) carry out their research with world-leading scholars, practitioners and academics providing tuition and support.

Examples of the research titles being carried-out include ‘maternal mortality and Agenda setting’. ‘Reporting of cloning on the "Today" programme', Discourse and European Identity', 'Libyan Foreign Policy and Media Representation', 'The role of the media in peacebuilding in post-conflict societies with special reference to Africa' and 'Apocalyptic narrative in British culture'.

Recently completed thesis include ‘The Thinking Fan’s Rock Band: R.E.M. fandom and negotiations of normativity in Murmurs.com’ and 'Anthropophagy: Graphic Representations of Power'.

If eligible, students can apply for a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS). Recent examples include Rachel Howells' 'Understanding the democratic deficit in the digital economy of local news' and Hugh Griffiths' 'Digital platforms: learning, change and national brand'.

For details of the application procedure and criteria please see our Degree Programmes pages and for contact details of current PhD students.

To review our past PhD students pleased see our PhD alumni page and to view the research being undertaken and completed at the school please see our Funded Projects pages.