Research course

Media and Cultural Studies

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Media

Entry requirements

To apply for our Media and Cultural Studies PhD research degree you should have, or expect to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant subject area from a British or overseas university. Exceptional candidates without a Masters degree, but holding a first class Bachelors degree in media studies, may be considered. We also welcome enquiries from potential PhD researchers without formal academic qualifications but with appropriate levels of professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD enables research into a broad range of interests within the fields of media, communication and cultural studies. Your research will be delivered over three years (full time) or four years (part-time or distance learning). We support both traditional PhD research presented through an academic thesis and PhD research through practice.

Send an initial PhD enquiry.

Department specialisms

The programme is led by Dr John Mercer and is supported by a team of supervisors with specialisms and expertise in the following research groups; Interactive Cultures, Screen Cultures and Media For Social Change. We particularly invite your initial PhD enquiry for Media and Cultural Studies PhD research within the following areas of interests; Alternative and independent media, Broadcast archives, Cultural history, Fandom and fan culture, Jazz studies, Media for development, Media industries and institutions, Media performance and emotion, Media for social change, Media technologies, New media, Online music, Popular music culture and music industries, Radio studies, Reality media, Sexuality and identity, Urban culture.

Information for international students

The school has experience and expertise in communication and cultural aspects of national development policies, social aspects of communication technologies, and issues of globalisation.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Research Officer
0121 331 5517