PhD, MPhil, MRes Journalism, Media & Communication

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Research opportunities

The Journalism, Media & Communication (JMC) PhD is taken within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and supported by a team of internationally renowned academics.

PhD students in JMC are expected to undertake research which results in a thesis that contributes to the wider literature and/or practice in the field, thereby making an original contribution to current knowledge. Students can also expect to contribute to the vibrant research culture in the subject, including research seminars, the MediaComm Jam and the Graduate School research student network.

A PhD in JMC at Strathclyde may incorporate more than one of the following areas:

  • using theoretical perspectives from the areas of media and communication to advance knowledge in associated areas
  • undertaking the critical study of the media, communication or journalism industries, and their practices and policies
  • studying intersecting in/equalities in history, culture and/or society as they relate to journalism, media and communication
  • advancing understanding of the consumption of media and communication and how that affects individuals, communities or the media industry
  • assessing and evaluating approaches developed in and across different disciplinary traditions

At Strathclyde, we can offer supervisory expertise in a variety of areas within JMC, including:

  • journalism theory and practice
  • social media
  • political communications
  • media, health, wellbeing and trauma
  • gender, media and communication

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

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Scotland

2022/23: TBC
2021/22: £4,500

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

2022/23: TBC
2021/22: £4,500

International

£15,150

Funding

Find any available funding opportunities on our scholarship search.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

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Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

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Our research

Journalism, Media and Communication is an interdisciplinary research area within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  We regularly work in conjunction with colleagues from Government & Public Policy, Social Policy, Psychology, Modern Languages, English, History, Psychology, Marketing, and others.

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Supervisors

All PhDs have two supervisors, and the supervisory team may be comprised of colleagues from different subject areas or Schools within the Faculty. Interdisciplinary applications are strongly encouraged. The specialist areas of supervisors within JMC are listed below:

SupervisorArea of interest

Karen Boyle (Professor of Feminist Media Studies)

  • feminist film, television and media studies
  • gendered violence and representation
  • audience research and genre studies
  • UK women’s liberation movement

Sallyanne Duncan (Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Media & Communication)

  • journalism ethics
  • the reporting of suicide
  • journalism practice in dealing with trauma
  • journalism and mental health

Petya Eckler (Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Media & Communication)

  • health communication
  • body image and eating disorders
  • social media
  • quantitative methods

Michael Higgins (Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Media & Communication)

  • media and emotionality
  • politics and media
  • political communication and popular culture
  • gender and political communication
  • communication and nation

Esperanza Miyake (Chancellor’s Fellow in Journalism, Media and Communications)

  • technology and identity
  • gender, race and media
  • visual and popular culture
  • critical feminist theory
  • disconnection studies/digital refusal
  • consumer culture and commodification

Chamil Rathnayake (Lecturer in Journalism, Media & Communication)

  • computer-mediated publics
  • digital platforms and emergent forms of connectedness
  • social network analysis and natural language processing
  • digital platforms and emotions

 

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Support & development

The Graduate School

As a postgraduate researcher in Journalism, Media and Communication, you'll also be a member of our Faculty Graduate School. We're members of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. All registered PhD students are members of one or both of these Schools (depending on your subject discipline), which provide training, event and funding opportunities. They also encompass the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (SGSAH) and the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (SGSSS), which offer fully-funded studentships. The university-wide lead for AHRC PGR/SGSAH and ESRC PGR/SGSSS is Dr Mark Ellis.

The Graduate School is also a well-equipped physical space, which further facilitates our strong emphasis on interdisciplinary working.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD) for MPhil/MRes

While pursuing your PhD or MPhil in JMC, you'll also undertake the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD), which provides comprehensive professional and personal development training for all postgraduate research students.

The programme offers a tailored suite of workshops, courses, events, online provision and resources designed to meet the development needs of postgraduate research students. PhD students will graduate with the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development. This is a unique qualification, where students can gain credits for academic-related activities, such as conference presentations and organisation. The aim is to develop skilled, confident researchers and effective and valuable potential employees.

 

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Entry requirements

For PhD, normally, a first-class or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, plus a Masters degree in a relevant area.

How to apply?

If you're interested in studying for a PhD in JMC, the first thing you need to do is to find out if there’s a supervisor available to oversee your studies. You can find that information in the supervisor's tab.

The other key element is your research proposal. Read our guidelines on writing proposals.

Applications are via our Pegasus online portal using the apply buttons below.

When applying, you'll be asked to upload:

  • your research proposal
  • scans of degree certificates/transcripts
  • two academic reference letters (if it would be easier for you, you can ask your referees to send their letters direct to hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk placing your name and the word "reference" in the subject line)
  • confirmation of funding

International students

If you're an international applicant and don’t have a degree from a UK University (or a University where the primary medium of instruction is English), you'll also be required to provide an IELTS certificate (overall minimum band score of 7 with no individual test score below 6.5).

Start date

Most PhD students start in October, so they move forward as one cohort, but you can start at any time of year (people often have to defer until they find funding). Keep an eye on our funding databases (PGR Opportunities and University Scholarships) for any forthcoming Strathclyde research studentship opportunities.

Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

Journalism, Media and Communication

PhD
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Journalism, Media and Communication

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

Journalism, Media and Communication

PhD
part-time
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Journalism, Media and Communication

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

Journalism, Media and Communication

MPhil
full-time
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Journalism, Media and Communication

MPhil
full-time
Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

Journalism, Media and Communication

MPhil
part-time
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Journalism, Media and Communication

MPhil
part-time
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Journalism

MRes
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MRes
part-time
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Journalism

MRes
full-time
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Journalism

MRes
part-time
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Journalism, Media and Communication

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Journalism, Media and Communication

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

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Journalism, Media and Communication

MPhil
full-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Journalism, Media and Communication

MPhil
part-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

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Research enquiries

Supervisors

Enquiries for the PhD Journalism, Media and Communication can be directed to potential supervisors.

Admissions

Graduate school

Email: hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk