Research course

Journalism Studies Group

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess, or predicted to attain, a 1st (or equivalent) in their undergraduate degree. In exceptional cases, students with a 2.1 will be considered. Applicants will also usually have completed a Master's degree. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Cardiff welcomes applications from students interested in researching for a PhD or MPhil in the specialist area of Journalism Studies. The school provides training and a high level of support, and the postgraduate community contributes vitally to the University's international reputation for research.

pecial Features
  • The School is one of Britain's premier centres for teaching and research
  • Staff have international reputations both in practical journalism and in research and publications.
  • Journalism Studies and Journalism Practice, the leading academic journals in the field, are edited by a member of the Journalism Studies research group.
  • We also have strong links with colleagues both nationally and internationally and the School attracts Visiting Fellows from all over the world.
Course Description

This group focuses on practice-based research into journalism and the media industries. It acts as an interface with the media and its regulators in offering independent, academic analysis of current issues and examines the practical, ethical and technological challenges facing journalists today. It also examines political and election reporting and the role of the media in relation to democracy and citizenship.

The questions we address include:

  • What are the practical, ethical and technical challenges and opportunities confronting journalists and the media industries?
  • How have developments in government policy changed understandings of what it means to be a journalist? How well have the media performed when reporting elections and political crises?
  • What is the role of journalism in a democracy?
  • How do the media reflect social diversity?
  • When it comes to the reporting of climate change and sustainability, is the news media part of the problem of the problem or part of the solution?

The group is located in the Centre for Journalism which enjoys a longstanding and international reputation for the quality of its journalism education and training. The group also houses several journalism archives.

Further information can be found on our website:

Fees and funding

Major funded research project topics include Welsh Assembly elections, reporting of general elections, digital storytelling and listener online engagement. Funding bodies include the BBC, AHRC, ITC and Broadcasting Standards Commission. In addition, members of the group are involved in major projects focussed on issues such as the reporting of war, immigration and scientific controversies.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
possible months


full time
24 months
part time
possible months

Course contact details

Huw Thomas
+44 (0)29 2087 4786