Research course

Journalism and Public Relations

Institution
Newcastle University · School of Arts and Cultures
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Undertaking a PhD in journalism and public relations provides you with access to a wide range of professional and academic opportunities including quality-assured supervision, producing articles for various media and delivering lectures.
You will become part of the Media and Cultural Studies team contributing to a vibrant learning community. During your studies you will have the opportunity to present papers at conferences, write articles for academic journals and contribute articles to edited collections alongside other publications. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to enrol on a nationally recognised Teaching in Higher Education qualification, allowing you to host undergraduate and postgraduate seminars.
We are a leading research unit at Newcastle University with a strong PhD culture. Our research environment supports world-leading, internationally excellent scholarship. Our approach is distinct and interdisciplinary, focusing across theoretical and applied areas.
Our research is characterised by a critical cultural studies approach, with PhD supervision normally available in the following research areas:
  • journalism work in transition; the political economy of local media; new understandings of 'local'; widening diversity in the news workforce; journalism education
  • social media; intimacy and changing social relationships; changing media technologies and personal life; gender, media and culture
  • public relations; corporate social responsibility; ePR
  • journalism; discourse; ideology; political communication; media theory; national identity; war, politics and propaganda
  • critical discourse analysis; discourse analysis of new (social) media; national identity; political discourse analysis; ethnicity and immigration; international politics; the Middle East
  • financialisation; the political-economy of Britain since the 1970s; political and financial elites; the UK Treasury; political rhetoric and its construction; the rhetoric of economics; heterodox economics
  • data journalism; infographics; news values; newswork ethnography; online journalism; search engine optimisation; social media

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 7 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Name
Deborah Chambers, Director of Postgraduate Research, School of Arts and Cultures
Email
pgmch@ncl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 191 208 5092