Ph.D. On Campus Online

Media and Cultural Studies

Birmingham City University

35 months
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The Media and Cultural Studies PhD at Birmingham City University research degree will help you achieve a career in media research or academia. Your research will be delivered over three years (full time) or four years (part-time or distance learning).


The  Media and Cultural Studies PhD from Birmingham City University,  enables research into a broad range of interests within the fields of media, communication, and cultural studies.

The University supports both traditional PhD research presented through an academic thesis and PhD research through practice.


When you join us you will become a member of the thriving research culture at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR). Your PhD research will be organized as a programme of professional and academic development.    

You will receive individual support and guidance from our team of supervisors, meeting on a regular basis to review your progress and plan your next steps. You will feel a strong sense of community amongst students and supervisors in the School of Media and wider Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.    

Programme Structure

Research interests:

  • Popular Indian cinema studies
  • Diasporic and transnational media
  • Media and cultural history
  • Media heritage and archives 
  • Creative industries, cultural policy and cultural work 
  • Popular music culture
  • Songwriting
  • Jazz studies
  • Radio studies 
  • Sexuality, gender, the cultural construction of masculinity 
  • Screen melodrama
  • Pornography studies 
  • Cult cinema 
  • Media fandom 
  • Cultural entrepreneurship 
  • Film and television audiences 
  • Comedy 
  • Media and conflict 
  • Austerity and the media
  • Community media and media activism
  • Gaming cultures
  • Amateur/informal cultural production
  • Hyperlocal journalism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 35 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To apply for our Media and Cultural Studies PhD research degree you should have, or expect to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant subject area from a British or overseas university.
  • Exceptional candidates without a Masters degree, but holding a first class Bachelors degree in media studies, may be considered.
  • We also welcome enquiries from potential PhD researchers without formal academic qualifications but with appropriate levels of professional experience.
  • Please send us an initial PhD enquiry containing your brief PhD research proposal (max. 500 words), and/or any questions or queries you may have.
  • We will review your initial enquiry to ensure your research proposal compliments one of our PhD research interests and if so we will ask you to make a full application.

Tuition Fee


Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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