Media and Cultural Studies

The University offers excellent facilities for research, teaching and professional practice for MPhil and PhD research in Media and Cultural Studies.

There is a strong interdisciplinary research culture, offering quantitative, ethnographic and textual research methodologies and a growing practice- based research environment.

Enquiries should be directed to Professor Shane Blackman.

Available MPhil and PhD supervisors

Dr Andrew Birtwistle:

  • film sound; experimental film and video art
  • art cinema
  • sonic arts and culture.

Professor Shane Blackman:

  • youth subculture, popular music, deviance and drugs
  • feminism
  • ethnography, social and cultural theory.

Dr Andrew Butler:

  • science fiction, horror and film
  • sexualities
  • drinking cultures and brewing.

Alexander Choat

  • Utopianism in Cinema (I’m currently writing a book on the subject).
  • Contemporary Television Drama (Specifically the way that evolving technology and commercial strategies are encouraging subversive exploitation of the medium).
  • Film, Television and identity contestation (celebrating the traditional media’s ability to provide a fertile ground for reconfiguring the decentred self in a plethora of positive arenas.

Dr Ken Fox:

  • film and television landscapes and cityscapes
  • representations of Ireland and Irishness on film and television
  • cinema's influence on the life and work of cultural agents (writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, actors, musicians, etc.).

Dr Agnes Gulyas:

  • digital transformations and communities
  • media economics and management
  • international comparative studies in media and cultural sectors.

Dr Tim Long:

  • subjectivity and creativity
  • digital media
  • practice based research in art and new media.

Dr James Newton:

  • Radical politics and popular culture, politics and cinema, anarchism
  • Exploitation cinema, horror, westerns
  • Underground film culture and the avant garde

Dr Chris Pallant:

  • animation - particularly the creation of animated landscapes and the work of Disney
  • production studies - primarily the historical evolution of the storyboard
  • interactive media - with a focus on the work of Rockstar Games.

Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido:

  • memory studies
  • war and conflict in the news
  • social movements.

Dr Karen Shepherdson:

  • photographic archives and the 'Found' image
  • the vernacular in photographic practice
  • realism and the visual arts.

Dr Joanne Woodman:

  • representation of gender in contemporary media
  • masculinity, femininity and ‘queer’ identity in popular culture
  • gendered nature of media representations of professions in which there is a skills shortage in the UK.

How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

Find out how to apply for a research degree. 

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Last edited: 01/03/2017 13:57:00