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Our research

We have an international reputation for delivering high-quality research projects, with some of our work published in leading national and international journals. Within the faculty we have experts in journalism, communication, animation techniques, software development, media education and digital archiving, all of whom work together to deliver exciting and ground-breaking research.

Our research isn’t limited to the areas of media, communication and law, as we also collaborate with colleagues from across the university’s faculties to undertake research projects that transcend subject-specific boundaries and make a real difference to people’s lives.

In many cases, we are directly involved in developing new policies and approaches for commercial and non-commercial organisations, and work closely with a variety of organisations, including the BBC, the British Library, the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), some of our research was highlighted as having an outstanding or very considerable impact. An example is Dr Ian Stephenson’s work on improving motion blur in animated films.

Along with the work our academics are involved with, we have a number of postgraduate researchers within the faculty who contribute to the leading and exciting research culture.

Research opportunities

We offer several fully-funded doctoral studentships to support postgraduate researchers every year. Usually, these are associated with specific projects or areas of research that we’re involved with. Visit our dedicated research site to see what opportunities for funded PhD studentships are available.

You can also apply to undertake a Doctor of Professional Practice that has been designed specifically for professionals working in or associated with the creative industries. 

Our Research Centres

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Explore the work we do within the NCCA, including our teaching, production and research in the fields of computer animation and visual effects.
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The Centre for Digital Entertainment (CDE) is an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training that we operate in collaboration with Bath University.
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Centre for Media History

We aim to stimulate an interest in media history. Find out about our work, research and how we incorporate this into our teaching.
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Experimental Media

Learn about the experimental media research group where we develop research based on creativity and culture.
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Politics and Media Group

Find out more about our research and how we're answering the questions faced by politicians, their strategists, journalists and agencies.
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Latin America Research Group

This group acts as a platform for sharing ideas and experiences of media, communication and culture in Latin America.
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Public Relations Research Group

We focus on research into the history, practice and theory of public relations and other areas of communication activity.