Join us for an MPhil or PhD in Media and Cultural Studies. You'll become part of the media and cultural studies team and contribute to a vibrant learning community.
We're a leading research unit at Newcastle University with a strong PhD culture. Our research environment supports world-leading, internationally excellent scholarship. Our approach is distinct and interdisciplinary, focusing across theoretical and applied areas. This provides quality assured supervision.
During your studies you'll have the opportunity to:
- present papers at conferences
- write articles for academic journals
- contribute articles to edited collections alongside other publications
Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to enrol on a nationally recognised Teaching in Higher Education qualification, allowing you to host undergraduate and postgraduate seminars.
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MPhil is available in all subject areas. You receive research training and undertake original research leading to the completion of a 40,000 - 50,000 word thesis.
A PhD is a doctorate or doctoral award. It involves original research that should make a significant contribution to the knowledge of a specific subject. To complete the PhD you will produce a substantial piece of work (80,000 – 100,000 words) in the form of a supervised thesis. A PhD usually takes three years full time.
How you'll learn
Attendance is flexible and agreed between you and your supervisors depending on the requirements of the research project.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
We offer a wide range of projects for the thesis. These will be provided by our academics. You can also propose your own topic.
Our mission is to help you:
- stay healthy, positive and feeling well
- overcome any challenges you may face during your degree – academic or personal
- get the most out of your postgraduate research experience
- carry out admin and activities essential to progressing through your degree
- understand postgraduate research processes, standards and rules
We can offer you tailored wellbeing support, courses and activities.
You can also access a broad range of workshops covering:
- research and professional skills
- careers support
- health and safety
- public engagement
- academic development
- Celebrity: Dr Gareth Longstaff, Dr Bethany Usher
- Critical Studies of the Environment: Dr Tina Sikka
- Cultural Politics of Food: Dr Tina Sikka
- Democracy and Political Communication: Dr Joss Hands, Dr Darren Kelsey, Dr Majid Khosravinik, Dr Tina Sikka, Dr Florian Zollman
- Digital Media Studies and Activism: Dr James Ash, Dr Karren Ross, Dr Deborah Chambers, Dr Darren Kelsey, Dr Joss Hands, Dr Majid Khosravinik, Dr Altman Yuzhu Peng
- Film Practice: Dr Geetha Jayaraman, Dr Ian McDonald, Dr Alastair Cole, Dr Raisa Sidenova
- Gender, Identity and Media: Dr Deborah Chambers, Dr Karen Ross, Dr Chris Haywood, Dr Gareth Longstaff, Dr Altman Yuzhu Peng Dr Tina Sikka
- Gender, Health, and Science: Dr Tina Sikka
- Journalism: Dr David Baines, Dr Murray Dick, Dr Darren Kelsey, Dr Florian Zollman, Dr Karen Ross, Dr Bethany Usher
- Masculinity/Masculinities: Dr Clifton Evers, Dr Chris Haywood, Dr Gareth Longstaff
- Media and Myth: Dr Darren Kelsey
- Mobilities and Media: Dr James Ash, Dr Deborah Chambers, Dr Altman Yuzhu Peng
- Museums, Culture, and Heritage: Dr Areti Galani, Dr Rhiannon Mason, Dr Aron Mazel, Dr Andrew Newman, Dr Peter Stone, Dr Chris Whitehead
- Public Relations: Dr Altman Yuzhu Peng
- Pornography and Representation: Dr Gareth Longstaff, Dr Chris Haywood
- Public Relations: Dr Jonathan Ward, Dr Ramona Slusarczyk
- Queer Studies: Dr Clifton Evers, Dr Chris Haywood, Dr Gareth Longstaff
- Race and Ethnicity: Dr Tina Sikka, Dr Majid Khosravinik
- Social and Cultural Dimensions of Pollution: Dr Clifton Evers
- Sport and Leisure: Dr Clifton Evers, Dr Darren Kelsey
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) researcher development programme
Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:
- perform better as a researcher
- boost your career prospects
- broaden your impact
Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.
- techniques for effective research
- methods for better collaborative working
- essential professional standards and requirements
Your researcher development programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.
Doctoral training and partnerships
There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a:
- Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
- Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits:
- they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.
- you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students
- they’re often interdisciplinary
- your PhD may be funded
If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.
The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future:
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Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
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As a postgraduate research student in media and cultural studies you'll benefit from dedicated research suites within the School of Arts and Cultures
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
Home fees for research degree students
For 2022-23 entry, we have aligned our standard Home research fees with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
For 2023-24 entry, we will again be aligning our standard Home research fees with those set by UKRI. The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2023 by UKRI.
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
If you're applying for funding, always check the funding application deadline. This deadline may be earlier than the application deadline for your course.
For some funding schemes, you need to have received an offer of a place on a course before you can apply for the funding.
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
Using the application portal
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Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.
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- campus tours
- on-campus open days
- virtual open days
We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.
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