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PhD – Faculty of Media & Communication

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    Part-Time, Full time according to Funding Council definitions

From law, computer animation and media production to 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:

January 2021, September 2021, January 2022, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot & Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

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.

Course details

To be awarded a PhD, you will need to complete a complex and advanced project. You will be expected to critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic, which results in an original and independent contribution to knowledge, as well as to demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to your chosen field.

You will have to present and defend your thesis and/or practical element by viva voce (oral examination), to the satisfaction of the examiners.

Research study areas

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. 

Key subject areas you can apply to study for your PhD within the Faculty of Media & Communication are listed in this section. Our research themes run across all areas and some are cross-faculty across the University. 

Entry requirements

How to apply

You can apply for a PhD with the Faculty of Media & Communication by clicking on the 'apply now' button and completing the application form. You will need to create an account and complete the application form in full.

You can save the form as you go, enabling you to return to it at as many times as you want before submitting. The form is split into tabbed sections. As you complete each of the tabbed sections they will turn green; only click submit once all of your tabs are highlighted green.

Please be aware that CVs and academic profiles will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a completed application form.

Fees and funding

As part of your application, you will need to specify how you plan to fund your studies.

The Doctoral College can provide advice on different opportunities to access funding. BU also offers a number of fee discounts

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