Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research

The Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research

We engage in collaborative work across three research teams: Interactive Cultures, Screen Cultures, and Media for Social Change.

Individual researchers study radio, music and interactive media, screen media, or media for social change by exploring questions related to five principal themes:

  • identity
  • history and heritage
  • cultural practice
  • technology
  • production, regulation and enterprise.

Since our inception in 2009 we have grown swiftly, and the nearly 30-strong group of independent researchers generate work of internationally excellent standard.

We have so far delivered, or participated in 10 major, externally funded, research projects with a total value of £1.4m, including projects with organisations such as the BBC, British Library and Arts Council. In total these projects were built on inter-disciplinary partnerships with 13 other universities and over 50 non-academic organisations.

Midlands3Cities DTP

AHRC funding for UK/EU doctoral students

Birmingham City University is part of the Midlands3Cities 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. Find out more about Midlands3Cities.

We supervise PhD research degrees and the 20-plus students currently studying with us play an important part in the centre’s research culture. We also deliver the 12 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.

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.