About Our Media and Cultural Research

Case Study Graphic - Developing Citizen JournalistsThe Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) was established in 2009 to develop excellent research as a core activity within the Birmingham School of Media. Currently, BCMCR has over 30 research-active staff and 30 research degree students who are led by Paul Long as Director with Nick Webber as Associate Director.

Activity at BCMCR is based around the collaborative work of five research clusters:

  • Popular Music Studies
  • Cult, Gender and Sexuality
  • Media History
  • Journalism, Activism, Community
  • Cultural Ecologies

Within these clusters, our team of individual researchers explore questions related to themes such as identity, history and heritage, cultural practice, production and enterprise, and technology.

Our work

BCMCR aims to produce distinctive, collaborative work within the field of media and cultural research. In the recent Research Excellence Framework process for assessing the UK HE sector, the majority of BCMCR research environment and activities were judged as of a quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

We have delivered, or participated in, 10 major, externally-funded, research projects with a total value of £1.4 million. These projects were built on inter-disciplinary partnerships with 13 other universities and over 50 non-academic organisations which included:

We welcome visiting researchers from across the world and hold regular research seminars which mix presentations from staff, students and speakers from a range of our collaborative partnerships. Please feel free to contact us if you have a research enquiry.

Courses we offer

We supervise research degrees to MPhil and PhD level, and the 20-plus team of PhD students currently studying with us play an important part in the centre's research culture. We also deliver MA programmes which were established on the basis of the research work generated within the centre.

These cover music industries, radio, social media, online journalism, screen studies, media for social change, and enterprise and cultural policy. Research from centre members is also prominent in the curriculum of BA programmes associated with similar media sectors.

Interested in our Media and Cultural Studies PhD?

If you have any questions or queries regarding our Media and Cultural Studies PhD, or if you have a research idea you would like to discuss, please send us an initial PhD enquiry. This gives us an opportunity to answer your questions and/or talk through and focus your PhD research proposal before you make your final online application.

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