Research course

Journalism and Public Relations

Institution
Newcastle University · School of Arts and Cultures
Qualifications
PhD

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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

Join us for a PhD in Journalism and Public Relations. You'll become part of the Media and Cultural Studies team contributing to a vibrant learning community. You'll have access to quality-assured supervision. You'll get opportunities to deliver lectures and produce articles for various media.

We're 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. PhD supervision is 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 (Dr David Baines)
  • social media; intimacy and changing social relationships; changing media technologies and personal life; gender, media and culture (Professor Deborah Chambers)
  • public relations; corporate social responsibility; ePR (Ms Laurel Hetherington)
  • journalism; discourse; ideology; political communication; media theory; national identity; war, politics and propaganda (Dr Darren Kelsey)
  • critical discourse analysis; discourse analysis of new (social) media; national identity; political discourse analysis; ethnicity and immigration; international politics; the Middle East (Dr Majid Khosravinik)
  • 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 (Dr Murray Dick).

Information for international students

English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 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 Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • 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

Name
Tina Sikka, School of Arts and Cultures
Email
pgmch@ncl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 191 208 5092