Research course

Media and Cultural Studies

Newcastle University · School of Arts and Cultures

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 media and cultural studies provides you with access to a wide range of professional and academic opportunities including quality-assured supervision and regional, national and global links with creative and cultural industries.

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.

Department specialisms

New media; mobile media; media theory; media geographies and videogaming; social media; intimacy and changing social relationships; changing media technologies and personal life; gender, media and culture; dating, intimacy and masculinity; education, masculinity and sexuality; young people and gender; 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; documentary and film making (theory and practice); globalisation; nationalism; ethnicity; central and eastern European media; 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

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


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Deborah Chambers, Director of Postgraduate Research, School of Arts and Cultures
+44 (0) 191 208 5092