PhD Research Degrees

Media research projects 1Key Contacts:

Dr John Mercer, Programme Leader for Media and Cultural Research Degrees - Email: John Mercer

Shelley Fray, Research Degrees Officer - Email: Shelley Fray


The Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) is one of the University’s largest research centres. With 60 per cent of our research judged to be 'world leading' or of internationally excellent quality in the last Research Assessment Exercise 2008 (RAE 2008) we have established a reputation for quality and we plan to build on in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). We are one of the universities that form the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership alongside our partners; University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester and De Montfort.

Midlands3Cities DTP

AHRC funding for UK/EU doctoral students

Birmingham City University is part of the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. As part of the programme, postgraduate research studentships are available to arts and humanities doctoral researchers across six institutions, including fully funded PhDs.

Researchers are currently working on a range of funded projects and supervising students at MPhil and PhD level and we welcome enquiries and applications to become involved in the activities of the centre. Our research is diverse but is united by a shared concern to connect scholarly activity to the world outside of the university, to lived experience and developments in media culture.

The work of the centre is organised into three research clusters:

  • Interactive Cultures
  • Screen Cultures
  • Media for Social Change

We welcome enquiries and applications to study from students whose work relates to any of these broad areas.

You will be joining a research centre that is at the heart of The Birmingham School of Media and we work hard to create a supportive, friendly and inclusive environment for all of our students and researchers. We run a regular programme of research seminars, host conferences and symposia and have a research office that acts as a hub for the research community. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching, supervision and support.

Hear staff and students talk about Master's level work in the School of Media

These pages are designed to explain research degrees and the specialisms of colleagues in the research centre. We hope this will help you to choose the right programme of study. If you have questions that are not answered here or further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us.

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