Project Title: Open call: two PhD studentships in the Faculty of Media and Communication

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Media and Communication

Funding amount: £14,000 maintenance grant per annum

Lead Supervisor name: Professor Iain MacRury

The Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University invites applications for two fully funded PhD studentships linked to its major areas of supervisory expertise and research excellence. We are seeking two excellent candidates presenting academically strong proposals committed to completing innovative and high-impact doctoral projects. The studentships will support doctoral work likely to contribute within or across a range of academic fields in the Faculty and demonstrating the highest academic standards.

The Faculty of Media and Communication offers a dynamic multi-disciplinary research environment and a dedicated and experienced team of academic research supervisors and a thriving research culture.  The Faculty brings together high quality researchers in core areas; Media, Communications, Journalism, Animation, Promotional Communications and Law. We have a thriving population of over 150 Postgraduate research students researching within an energetic academic community - each working to complete high quality doctorates in a range of specialist and interdisciplinary areas.

These studentships represents an opportunity for engagement with internationally recognized research excellence in media, communications, arts practice, design, law, English literature, media history, media education, animation, cultural studies and politics.  We have special interest in supporting applications linked to the following areas.

  • Media and Communication – futures, change and innovation
  • Psychosocial studies, political psychology, culture, memory and affect
  • Promotional cultures, consumption and brand communication
  • Politics and media
  • Journalism, innovation and change
  • Media education, innovation, digital literacy
  • English Literature(s) and literary media
  • Media history, cultures, heritage, archiving and curation 
  • Hollywood film /global film; new film formats and platforms  
  • Practice-led / practice-based work in film, animation, media, art and design
  • Media law and Intellectual Property
  • Law, war and conflict
  • Animation, Internet of Things, Augmented and Virtual reality, 3D Printing
  • Media, culture, gender, ethnicity and identities

Proposals are invited in these broad areas. They will be assessed against criteria including academic excellence, connection to thematic areas of interest and available supervisory capacity and expertise.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

Candidates must provide a strong, original and creative proposal linked to an area of strength within the Faculty of Media and Communication.

Studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with preferably a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 2 July 2017.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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