Communication and Media MPhil/PhD

Major code: CUPR


Our primary research degree is the PhD. Most of our students pursue this full-time over a period of  three years, although you can opt for part-time, usually over a four-year period.

Subject Overview

Thanks to our wide-ranging research interests we can offer you plenty of choice when it comes to your topic. Here are some of the thesis titles recently completed or currently being researched:-

  • Media coverage of the Iraq War
  • News media representations of Islam and Muslim communities
  • News reporting of women who kill
  • Contemporary horror film and the American film industry
  • Women and sexuality in British cinema
  • Political satire
  • American independent cinema and transmedia storytelling

For the programme you'll need to be an Honours graduate and there'll be a yearly assessment which you must pass to continue with your PhD.  The earliest a thesis can be presented is two years after full-time registration and it must be completed within four years.

Currently, a student registered for a PhD part-time can submit the thesis after four years.

You can register for your postgraduate research degree at any time of year, but we'd strongly recommend you register at the beginning of the academic year in September. This will put you in step with our research training cycle and will speed up your progress.

Key Facts

We can offer you:
• Excellent library facilities
• Opportunities for interdisciplinary inputs if you're pursuing a research degree
• High quality research methods training
• A regular programme of communication and media seminars open to everyone
• An annual PGR conference for research students, usually held in May that's open for all

Why Communication and Media?

A close-knit community

Communication and Media is a close-knit community of dedicated, innovative teachers and researchers that extends a warm welcome to postgraduate taught and research students. Our people have a diverse range of research and teaching interests – and in research we're especially well-known for: • Political communication • Political cinema • Gender and media • Human rights • Journalistic practice • Global media and entertainment Our activities include internationally recognised research, linking political science and communication studies primarily through crossover interests in public communication within the British and European political contexts. We've invested heavily in our postgraduate research programme over the last few years. Our students enjoy a strongly supportive system of training and supervision, with opportunities to present work and to network with the rest of the University’s postgraduate research community. The department's actively contributing to the development of our field through research, key subject associations, conference organisation and speaking engagements, and editorial board membership of significant journals.