From law, computer animation and media production to history, politics, english, communication and journalism, our Faculty of Media & Communication offers many opportunities for doctoral of philosophy research across a wide range of specialisms.

The faculty hosts seven research centres: Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP)Narrative, Culture and Community Research CentreCentre for Comparative Politics and Media ResearchCentre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM)Experimental Media Research Centre (EMERGE)National Research Centre for Computer Animation, Centre for the Study of Conflict, Emotion and Social Justice.

The research strategy in the faculty is aligned with Bournemouth University’s 2025 vision and strategic plan; a plan that stresses real-world impact, the enrichment of society and the economy, and advancing knowledge to significantly influence challenges world-wide.

Research projects within the faculty have had a significant impact on a number of worldwide issues including digital and technological futures; The implications of 3D printing for Intellectual PropertyAfterglowThe impact of digital technologies on readers and reading and global security; Tear gas, policing and human rights.

As well as conducting research within the faculty, we also work closely with colleagues from other specialisms through our research institutes and centresas well as with other universities, helping to deliver impactful and relevant research projects.

Book onto a Postgraduate Open Day to meet us and find out more. 

Key information

Next start date:

April 2024, September 2024, January 2025


Bournemouth University, Talbot & Lansdowne Campus


4 years full-time or 7 years part-time

Entry requirements:

A Bachelor's Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject, and/or a relevant Master's degree.

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.