Research course

Risk, Science, Health and Media Group

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

Entry requirements

Normally a good undergraduate degree (a first or exceptionally a 2.1) is required, and candidates will usually have successfully completed an MA degree.

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 areas below. The school provides training and a high level of support, and the postgraduate community contributes vitally to the University's international reputation for research.

All students are required to attend and pass two modules which run in the first year of study - Methods and Approaches in Postgraduate Research in Semester One, and Contemporary Cultural and Social Theory in Semester Two.

Part-time opportunities may be available in exceptional circumstances; please contact the School for more details.

The Risk, Science, Health and Media Group

This group examines how risk, science and health reporting is 'produced' (by sources and journalists), represented (in the press, films and TV), and understood (by media audiences, policy makers and 'publics'). We have particular expertise in exploring the media's role in science/health issues such as AIDS, GM foods, cancer, human genetic research, MMR vaccine, BSE and food safety.

Special 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.

Full details can be found on our website.

Information for international students

International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
possible months


part time
possible months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Professor Jenny Kitzinger
+44 (0)29 2087 4571