Media and Performing Arts, Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition Fee
    12600 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    4121 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
The School of Media and Performing Arts has a thriving postgraduate research culture. We offer opportunities in the areas of Film and Media, Drama and Performance, Creative Writing, and Digital Storytelling.


Our recent doctoral graduates have worked on innovative projects and produced groundbreaking research. We have enabled them to present their work at international conferences, to publish their findings in scholarly journals during their period of study, and to build important academic and industry connections via our established UK networks. Many of our PhD students have had the opportunity to work at academic and commercial archives, including the BFI, the National Archives, The Bill Douglas Centre, the BBC Written Archives and at Channel 4. We have an excellent record in supporting oral history research and several of our postgraduates have conducted original interviews as part of their research.We have enabled our doctoral graduates to go on to publish their research in monographs and edited collections, and they have gained employment in a range of sectors: some work in the Cultural Industries (eg for Creative Skillset); others have been appointed as post-doctoral researchers on AHRC-funded projects; and a number have established successful academic careers both in the UK (eg at Bournemouth and Queens University Belfast) and internationally (eg Hiroshima and Trondheim).In Drama and Performance, and Creative Writing and Digital Storytelling, our doctoral students (including opera directors and novelists) have specialised in practice-based research studies which have been innovative in their fields.

Research Cluster

Film and Media: The Film and Media Research Cluster advances research across the media industries. Work within the cluster applies a wide range of analytic, critical, historical perspectives to the examination of film, music, television, animation, the press, social and digital media, as well as acknowledging the importance of politics, institutions, and audiences in the processes of media production. As a consequence of this research, membership of the cluster is largely drawn from the staff and PhD students located in the School of Media and Performing Arts. However, recognising the interdisciplinary nature of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) and potential crossovers in research interests and expertise, some members are based in other schools in the Faculty such as Art and Design, and Creative Technologies.

Student Destinations

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Module Details

Creative and Media WritingOur staff have a wide range of practise-based skills and professional experience from screenwriting to magazine and web journalism. Research areas include:
  • The contemporary novel
  • Children’s writing
  • Micro-fictions
  • Poetry and prose for page and screen
Film, Theatre and PerformanceOur researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:
  • Adaptation studies
  • American cinema
  • Archiving
  • British cinema history
  • Crime and film
  • European cinemas
  • Fashion and film
  • Film performance
  • Film industries
  • Film policy
  • Gender, sexuality and cinema
  • Latin American cinemas
  • Popular film genres
  • Race, ethnicity and cinema
  • Reception studies
  • Stars and stardom
  • Third and transnational cinema
  • Censorship
  • Musical theatre and performance
Media StudiesOur researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:
  • Popular culture and the Holocaust
  • Media and conflict in Ulster
  • Adaptation studies
  • Audiences and fandom
  • Celebrity and stardom
  • Crime television
  • Cultures of consumption
  • Cyberculture
  • Gender, sexuality and television
  • Media and mental distress
  • Media and narratology
  • Media history
  • Media theory
  • Modernism
  • Reception studies
Digital StorytellingOur researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:
  • Academic papers
  • Filmmaking and festivals
  • Art installation, exhibition and curation
  • New technologies/new media and pedagogy

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12600 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4121 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4121 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.


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