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Research Clusters

The Popular Music Studies research group focuses on contemporary issues of significance to musicians, audiences, the industries involved directly and indirectly in the production of popular music, and public organisations.

The work conducted by the Popular Music Studies research group promotes new approaches to the study of popular music that are relevant to academics and practitioners, as well as anyone interested in popular music. The work of the Popular Music Studies Research Group covers areas such as:

  • Popular music consumption
  • Songwriting
  • Audience and participant practices
  • Innovative approaches to theory and practice
  • Music scene heritage and cultural memory
  • Mediations and representations
  • Media and technology
  • Music industries
  • Material culture
  • Jazz studies

Cluster leads: Professor Nick GebhardtDr Asya Draganova

We are just one of several research teams within the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham School of Media. For more information please visit the BCMCR website.

Media and Cultural Studies PhD Research Degree

We have a strong community of doctoral students contributing a wide range of research on our Media and Cultural Studies PhD research degree course. Students can work on traditional dissertations or through practice-based research. We place a strong emphasis on ensuring that our research engages with the music and radio industries and with a range of social media activists.

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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