Digital Media PhD

PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

Our research is committed to transcisciplinarity, creative digital practice, intersection of art and sciences, social technologies and public engagement.

PhD Supervision in the following areas:

Dr Brigitta Zics
Digital arts practice; emerging technologies and experimental practice; art and science practice; transdisciplinary practice; interactivity and HCI in arts practice; data visualisation and creative practice; affective computing and creative practice; applied philosophy; philosophy of cognition; contemporary art and media theory; new production environments and living labs; open source culture and creativity; and crowdsourcing and creativity.

Dr Areti Galani
Digital media in museum/gallery/heritage settings; online museum/gallery/heritage experiences; social software and its implications for the cultural sector; design and use of mobile, personal, ubiquitous technologies in cultural settings; study and understanding of social museum experiences; theory and practice of visitor studies; ethnographic and ethnomethodological approaches in the study of museum experiences.

Please contact the member of staff whose research topic is most closely matched to your interests to discuss potential supervision of your research degree.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

Our programmes include intensive subject-specific supervision, training in research methodologies and core skills, and opportunities to participate in research seminars and an annual postgraduate conference. In addition, our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School organises a comprehensive training programme for postgraduate students that covers research techniques, professional/key skills and provides support for personal development.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

School of Arts and Cultures awards.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Most applicants are interviewed. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate Secretary
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4642

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Digital Media.