MPhil/PhD - Postgraduate Degree2 years full-time, 3 years part-time (MPhil) or 3 years full-time, 5 years part-time (PhD)


A thriving research culture that:

  • produces "world leading", "internationally recognised", "internationally excellent" and "nationally recognised" research (RAE 2008)
  • provides MPhil/PhD research supervision in cultural, media and film studies
  • offers expertise in ethnographic, qualitative, textual, quantitative and practice-based research methods
  • allows research students to study full or part-time
  • benefits from a new state-of-the-art library and resource centre

What do we offer?

The Department of Media offers MPhil/PhD research supervision in cultural, media and film studies linked to staff research interests (see below). The department also offers expertise in ethnographic, qualitative, textual, quantitative and practice-based research methods.

Students engaging in practice-based research have access to professional production and editing equipment, three radio studios and a large studio for film and television production.

Each year the university offers a limited number of research bursaries.

What research is taking place in the department?

A wide range of social, cultural and creative research is taking place within the department"s subject-based research "clusters" (Film Studies, Michael Powell, Media Organisations, Popular Culture and the Politics of Identity) and in its Practice-Based Research Group.
Staff research interests include: animation, computer games, drugs and alcohol, exploitation cinema, film, gender, the grotesque, independent cinema, media organisations, popular music, neo-romantic landscapes, nineteenth-century print culture, queer theory, science fiction, scriptwriting, sound and sonic culture, television and youth culture. Practice-based research includes animation, film, photography, radio, scriptwriting, sound production and journalism.

The department has received funding for research projects from the EU, the Home Office, London Health Authorities, Kent Constabulary, Medway City Council and Kent Social Services. University-funded research projects have investigated creativity in media and art, the representation of teaching in film, and media organisations.

Other projects based in the department include studies into Victorian periodicals, and corporate social responsibility in the media industries.

The department runs research conferences, symposia, screenings and seminars. Many staff engage in professional practice and their work is exhibited, performed and published nationally and internationally.

For details of staff contributions to Research Assessment Exercise 2008 see:|

Research expertise

The following disciplinary areas offer a broad sense of the Department's interests and expertise:

  • Film Theory and Practice
  • Popular Music Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Politics of the Media
  • Radio and Sound Theory and Practice
  • Digital Culture
  • Media Histories
  • Print Media 
  • Youth Studies
  • Ethnography Ethnicity and Gender Studies
  • Ethnography, cultural geography, subjectivity and the city
  • Media Organisations
  • Media Management 

Illustrative student research

Specific topics currently or recently supervised within the Department include:

  • Cultural Values and Consumption
  • Uses of Cinema for Education
  • Ethnographic Approaches to Sexuality and Young British Asians
  • Hip Hop in the USA and UK
  • Drugs, Youth Culture, and Social Exclusion
  • Politics of News Production
  • British Asian Film and Bollywood
  • Gothic Literature and American Politics
  • Ethnography and Youth Work
  • Radical Art in the 19th Century
  • Cinematic Sound

Research proposals

Proposals are sought from those seeking to undertake original study on any topic within the broader area of Media and Cultural Studies.

How do I apply and who should I contact?

Dr Shane Blackman|
Research Coordinator
Department of Media, Art and Design
Canterbury Christ Church University
Kent CT1 1QU

or the Coordinator of Practice-Based Research Dr Andy Birtwistle.|