School of Media

Postgraduate research in Media and Communications

PhD Part-time 8 years, Full-time 4 years

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a research degree with the Faculty of Arts.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a research degree with the Faculty of Arts.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
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  • Start Date(s) Variable start date, 30 May 2020, 30 September 2019, 31 January 2020
  • Award PhD
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Media

Why choose this course?

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a research degree with the Faculty of Arts.  We will be delighted to discuss your area of interest with you but, before doing so, it is important to determine whether or not we can offer research supervision in your chosen area.  Please follow the link shown below to review our current areas of research supervision.

The aim of our research programmes is to give each student the best possible foundation from which to launch further research and career development. We help our students to develop the relevant research skills and methods and also support the development of related skills such as IT, presentation and career planning.

This approach, together with the relevant research expertise and resources support the completion of high-quality research degree programmes.

Details of current and recent research degree topics include:

  • Interactive multimedia in teaching and learning; instructional design; online and distance learning
  • Social, political, and cultural aspects of narrated space in Film; the work of Nanni Moretti
  • The nature of Public Service Broadcasting in a digital media environment and the impact of therapeutic culture on education policy and practice
  • Franny Armstrong followed her film McLibel (2005) on the Macdonald's libel case by directing The Age of Stupid (2009), a box office docudrama on climate change.  Currently working on a drama series on the undercover police's infiltration of the British activist movement.
  • e-learning and studio based practice in art and design; user experience design in both work-based and educational contexts
  • Works on the subject of the virtual and the imaginary, the experience of the avatar body and the use of virtual worlds for creative practice.
  • Practice-led research investigating conceptual art and ‘hypermedial’ technology.
  • Neo-Romantic landscapes, British Cinema, women directors, animal performance and anthropomorphism
  • Political identity, spatiality and technology in the moving image. The experimental documentary forms a large part of his recent output
  • The non-indexical through the animation-documentary, closely working with scientists and exploring the inner workings of human perception, such as synaesthesia.
  • film, media and literature, and the relations between them; narrative theory; creative writing and screenwriting
  • 9/11 in film, American Cinema, trauma, space, fantasy film, abjection, Chinese cinema, science in film/television

Now is a great time to start your postgraduate research degree as loans are now available to help ease the cost of study at this level.  For more information please see the following web page:

What happens on the course?

The PhD programme in the School has the following three milestones:

  • Registration
  • Progression
  • Examination


Applicants who satisfy the entry requirements are encouraged to complete the online 'Expression of Interest' form. If the initial application is satisfactory, a conditional offer will be issued and a potential supervisor will be allocated who will provide guidance on the research proposal development. An interview will take place when the final draft of the research proposal is submitted for approval. The granting of the interview does not imply that the applicant will necessarily be admitted to a research degree programme.

Subject to the satisfactory interview and the Faculty Research Committee (FRC) being satisfied that: a) the research proposal is sound and has the potential to deliver a postgraduate research award; and b) the proposal is appropriately resourced, the applicant will be admitted to the research degree programme.

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of your PhD opens up a range of career opportunities and demonstrates your proven skills as a researcher. In Film, Media and Broadcasting, having a PhD is now an essential element for those looking to develop a career in lecturing or research within higher education. As well as demonstration of your research skills, a PhD shows your extensive knowledge of a particular field in an applied and rigorous manner that is attractive to employers.

In addition to developing competence in a range of intellectual skills that can be advantageous to the majority of occupations, a PhD in Film or Media is academically relevant to careers in the arts and media, leading to employment in arts administration, film archiving, film and media research, film journalism, filmmaking, animation, photography, film event management, and teaching.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The School of Film, Media and Broadcasting offers a vibrant and stimulating environment for MPhil/PhD students. It includes the Research Centre for Film, Media, Discourse and Culture which has a well-established and proven track record of research and dissemination. Staff publish their work extensively, exhibit creative works and present at conferences globally and aim to bring their research to a wider community.

The Department especially prides itself on the levels of support provided to postgraduate research students in the course of their MPhil/PhD journey. Our academics are very committed to their subject areas and meet regularly with their supervisees to support them at all stages of the project; from inception to completion.

Our postgraduate research students have the opportunity to hone their research skills through participation in a comprehensive range of training events organised by both the Faculty of Arts and the University’s Doctoral College. This training gives you a broad range of academic and transferable skills that are not only vital to completing a PhD but are also relevant to academic employability and to the screen industries. For example, research students will learn how to present papers at conferences and write for scholarly publication. Postgraduate research students will also be encouraged to participate in conferences, both internal and external, and have opportunities to contribute to the University’s seminar programme. Funding can be provided for research visits and for students who wish to present their research at conferences, both in the UK and abroad.

The Centre for Film, Media, Discourse and Culture, which encompasses the Digital Technology, Theory and Practice Research Group, has an international reputation for excellence across a range of subjects and our staff are happy to receive inquiries regarding potential research topics. Our principal areas of research are:

  • Animation
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Terrorism, hate crime and 9/11 in film and media
  • Fantasy and science fiction film and television
  • Women directors
  • Animal performance in film
  • Science, medicine, health communication and sensation and tactility in screen representations of the body
  • Film festivals
  • Adaptation and writing formations
  • Discourse of male suicide and representations of trauma
  • Critical theory
  • Religion and yoga cultures
  • Media and communications and multiplatform journalism
  • Television studies and Internet studies
  • Media sociology and digital sociology
  • Digital media, technology and culture, and participatory art
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Media and political theory
  • Social media
  • Fine art, photography and performance
  • Experimental and mainstream moving image practice and theory

The Centre for Film, Media, Discourse and Culture also has an ongoing programme of conferences, public lectures and seminars and offers access to a range of archives and research materials.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Bianca Fox

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £4260 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £2130 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £4260 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12950 per year 2019-20
International Part-time £6350 per year 2019-20
International Part-time £12950 per year 2019-20

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Applicants for a research degree shall normally hold either:

• a first or upper second class honours degree, or   • a master’s degree, or   • evidence of prior practice or learning that is accepted by the Dean of Research.   An Applicant whose entry award was not delivered in English, or non-native speaker of English shall be required to demonstrate proficiency in English at least to the level of an IELTS score of 7.0 or its equivalent to be registered as a Research Degree student.  

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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