This course is located in the Department of English and Media. Find out more about our research.
You’ll be allocated two supervisors, with additional staff members available if necessary. Our supervisors are experienced in most areas of communication, film and media, with a strong focus on digital media theory and practice, network culture and media research, cinema and sexuality, violence and spectatorship, contemporary European cinema, and music, sound and voice in media and culture.
You’ll conduct your research in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment with strong links to research networks in our University and the wider community, including theCambridgeshire Film Consortium, the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Kettle's Yard, and the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research into Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH).
We host and take part in many research-oriented events for staff and postgraduate students, including regular Faculty and departmental research seminars, book launches, gallery events, film screenings and international conferences. Our seminars will give you the chance to present papers in a supportive setting.
We’re also key contributors to the Faculty’s Anglia Research Centre in Media & Culture(ARCMedia) and the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), who organise many events you’ll be welcome to attend, or even contribute to.
These networks, along with our online environment, will help you connect with other research students from a range of disciplines.
You could also benefit from financial support – we allocate a substantial sum every year towards postgraduate travel and conference expenses, as well as some bursaries.
All your subject-specific studies will be enhanced and supported by our University-wide training sessions, where you’ll gain important research expertise in areas like ethics, presentations, intellectual property and digital scholarship.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
MPhil: 1-3 years (full-time), 2-4 years (part-time)
We’ll provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, in areas like writing up a paper for publication; placing an academic article; giving a conference paper; the doctoral writing style; updates on research methods and literature searches; internet training; editing skills for doctoral research; subsequent monograph publication; and dealing with festivals, agents, and publishers. You might also be able to take on teaching responsibilities in the department, or organise research events like seminars and conferences.
In conjunction with the University’s research support, you can request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.
Our permanent supervisory staff members are recognised experts in their field, and have produced a number of influential books, journal articles and practice-based research. Our expertise includes:
Dr Patricia MacCormack, BA, PhD: continental philosophy (Deleuze, Guattari, Foucault, post-structuralism, feminism); sexuality, gender and queer theory.
Dr Sean Campbell, BA, MA, PhD: popular music/culture; migration/ethnicity; Irish studies.
Dr Simon Payne, BA, MA, PhD: experimental video practice; digital video aesthetics.
Dr Tanya Horeck, BA, MA, PhD: feminist film theory; representations of sexuality and violence in contemporary cinema; crime narratives.
Dr Tina Kendall, BA, PhD: materialist film theory; spectatorship and cinematic unpleasure; the new extremism in European cinema.
Dr Nina Lübbren, PhD: nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century art, art and the fantastic, Bollywood cinema, visual narratives.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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.Take IELTS test
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Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
MPhil: Candidates must hold a BA or equivalent in a related subject area.
PhD: Candidates should normally hold an MA or equivalent in a related subject area.
If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
£4,500UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year, part time)
£2,650International students, 2016/2017 (MPhil/Phd, per year, full time)
£11,200PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Initial registration)
£1,000PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Full registration)
£3,200Writing up, 2016/17 (UK & EU students)
£1,300Writing up, 2016/17 (International students)
£1,300UK, EU & International 2016/17 Bench fee ranges from 1000 to 7000
There are a number of ways in which you can obtain external funding for doctoral research, from the full-time awards granted by the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) to smaller grants available from a range of grant-awarding bodies. Our programme periodically offers fully funded and fees-only fellowships, and from time to time, Departmental bursaries are awarded to candidates showing exceptional potential. In addition to these, our programme has a Postgraduate Fund to which students can apply for help with travelling expenses, conference fees, and other research needs. We offer advice on external and internal funding to any interested prospective candidates for our PhD degree.
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