Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

We offer doctoral supervision in a wide range of areas of staff expertise in film, TV and some other media forms. These include both theoretical/written work and projects that are based on or include practical components.

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline.

MPhil degree option

An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.

Research profile

Screen Media at Brunel has established a substantial body of research in a range of topics, including numerous major contributions to the field. Four themes provide strands across which much of this work can be categorized:

  • The politics of representation
  • National and transnational film and TV
  • Documentary practice and theory
  • Gothic, horror and fantasy


Areas in which staff have published major work recognized in the field include British, European, Hollywood, American independent, Hong Kong, and Third cinema; horror, comedy, the integration of video practice and theory, Marxism and the media, contemporary British and American television. Some staff are also filmmakers, particularly in documentary, and/or use documentary itself as a form of research.

Potential research projects areas for PhD students

  • Recent and contemporary British, European, African, Hong Kong, Hollywood and American independent cinema
  • Cult film, television and other media
  • British and American television
  • Science fiction, horror, comedy, the western, crime films
  • Documentary, video practice, practice as research
  • Relationships between documentary and fiction
  • Media and press regulation
  • Political cinema, activist media
  • Gender, sexuality and the body in film
  • Celebrity culture
  • Marxist and psychoanalytical approaches to screen media
  • Cinematic spectacle, narrative
  • Avant-garde and experimental cinema
  • Ecocriticism and screen media
  • Trade unionism in film and TV industries
  • Animation
  • The Gothic; fairy tales
  • Film and philosophy
  • Film and memory
  • Representations of Africa
  • Representations of genocide on screen

Information for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Fees and funding

We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Explore external funding, particularly the Research Councils, as well as other support.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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Email
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Phone
+44 (0)1895 265599