Research course

Communication and Media Studies

Loughborough University · Department of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent. Applicants without a postgraduate qualification will be required to complete research training in tandem with their research.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

The School of Social Sciences has long been recognised as an international centre of academic excellence and for our cutting-edge interdisciplinary work.

The Communication and Media study area provides training in digital culture, media and communications and Loughborough is home to world-leading, original and internationally-excellent research in this field.

We are ranked in the world top 50 for Communication and Media Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018) and are home to the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture.

Our staff work with a wide range of public and third sector bodies (eg BBC Trust, Metropolitan Police, the Electoral Commission, the College of Mediators, UK Drug Policy Commission, and the Department of Health).

The School is home to a lively community of 110 postgraduates working closely with 80 specialist supervisors who conduct research at the cutting-edge of developments in their fields.

Department specialisms

Communication and Media Studies This group uses multidisciplinary approaches to analyse media and the communications industries and to develop theory. Comparative perspectives feature strongly in much of its work and members are internationally renowned for their research and publications. Social Psychology This group is internationally renowned for its research on social interaction across a range of everyday and institutional contexts, and on social identities, groups and processes. Leaders in the areas of conversation analysis, discursive psychology and political psychology, the group publish prolifically on topics such as prejudice, identity, children and families, and communication in professional and clinical contexts. Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (CRCC) Comprises the world-leading Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG) and Culture and Media Analysis Research Group (CAMARG) involving staff from across the School. Their influential research has real world impact through their engagement with private and public-sector organisations. The Online Civic Culture Centre This centre applies cutting-edge concepts and methods from social science and information science to understand the role of social media in shaping our civic culture. It features a team of academic supervisors drawn from the disciplines of communication, information science, social psychology and sociology. Interdisciplinary teams of researchers and PhD students work together on issues of misinformation, disinformation and the rise of hate speech and incivility online.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44(0)1509 223879