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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 (BCMCR). 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.

You will become a member of a thriving research culture within 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.

BCMCR provides a strong sense of community for all of our researchers. 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.

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.

For more information on our PhD courses, visit our Media and Cultural Studies research page.

PhD specialisms

We have supervisors working in the following research clusters:

PhD research interests

We particularly invite your initial PhD enquiry for Media and Cultural Studies PhD research within the following areas of interests:

  • 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
  • Pornography studies
  • Cult cinema
  • Media fandom
  • Cultural entrepreneurship
  • Film and television audiences
  • Comedy
  • Media and conflict
  • Austerity and the media
  • Community media and media activism
  • Gaming cultures
  • Amateur/informal cultural production

To find out more about becoming a research student, contact Oliver Carter, Programme Leader in Media Cultural Research Degrees.