Study Here

You can study for a a PhD in a broad range of subjects within the media, cultural studies and communication fields at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. Postgraduate research degrees are offered on a full-time or part-time basis, and we support both traditional research presented through an academic thesis, and research through practice degrees.

Students become members of a thriving research culture within the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR), based in one of the top five media schools in the UK. Research, consultancy and knowledge transfer activity lie at the heart of the work that we do. With 60 per cent of our research at the university judged to be 'world leading' or of internationally excellent quality in the last Research Assessment Exercise 2008 (RAE 2008), we already have a strong reputation for quality and our ambitions are high for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

The BCMCR provides a strong sense of community for all of our researchers. We hold regular research seminars, host regular conferences and symposia and have a dedicated research office that acts as a hub for the research community.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching, supervision and support. You will undertake an organised programme of professional and academic development, and receive individual support from specialist supervisors.

We encourage our students to participate in the wider international research community and to attend conferences and submit work to journals. Some of our research degree students assist in the preparation and delivery of undergraduate modules.

Research Interests

BCMCR's work is organised in research clusters, representing the areas of expertise and reputations of their academic staff:

We are especially interested in applications in the following areas:

  • Alternative and independent media
  • Broadcast archives
  • Cultural history
  • Fandom and fan culture
  • Jazz studies
  • Media for development
  • Media industries and institutions
  • Media performance and emotion
  • Media for social change
  • Media technologies
  • New media
  • Online music
  • Popular music culture and music industries
  • Radio studies
  • Reality media
  • Sexuality and identity
  • Urban culture

To find out more about becoming a research student, contact Dr John Mercer, Programme Leader in Media Cultural Research Degrees.