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Media and Cultural Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The PhD enables research into a broad range of interests within the fields of media, communication, and cultural studies.

Your research will be delivered over three years (full time) or four years (part-time or distance learning).

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

The Media and Cultural Studies PhD is offered at Birmingham City University.

What's covered in the course?

The Media and Cultural Studies PhD research degree offers individual programmes of research across many areas of interest. The PhD gives you the opportunity to spend time researching and developing a deep understanding of a unique area of interest whilst contributing world leading insight to the Birmingham Centre of Media and Cultural Research, and the wider School of Media.

On successful completion of your PhD research degree, your findings will have either contributed new knowledge or extended existing theory and understanding of an area of interest. You will have proven yourself as a scholar, be an expert in your field and be eligible to use the title ‘Doctor’.

The Media and Cultural Studies PhD is research-based and does not include taught modules of study

Why Choose Us?

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.    

You will attend regular research seminars, conferences and symposia and you will receive a dedicated workspace that acts as the hub of your PhD research activity.    You can strengthen your PhD research and personal/professional development by participating in wider international research communities and conferences, and by helping to teach degree modules to undergraduate students.    

There are opportunities for studentships through the AHRC funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and University supported initiatives. The latter are advertised on the website when they are available.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 84 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Admission 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12300 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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