PhD Postgraduate research in Media and Communications

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: