Research course

Communication, Cultural and Media Studies

Ulster University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

A first or upper 2nd-class honours degree in a relevant subject area (or equivalent qualification).

Months of entry


Course content

The school has an integrated approach to its work and sociological and humanities methods. There is special expertise in the media and Ireland.

Ulster University has pioneered the development of Media Studies in higher education, introducing one of the first media studies degrees in the UK and Ireland in 1978. Media Studies has also been at the forefront of research during the last thirty years and in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), it was ranked as the tenth best Media Studies research department in the UK. In the 2014 REF, the research profile for Media Studies shows that 60% of all work has been judged as being of ‘international excellence’; within this proportion, 21% is judged as having the highest accolade: ‘world leading’. The unit also scored highly in the Impact section of the REF, with 100% of its impact case studies scored at 4*/3*.

The University would welcome applicants interested in researching audio-visual archives; media and post-conflict issues; public space; media production studies; journalism and the public sphere; photographic history; media and information technology; Irish/Northern Irish media, and film, television & popular culture.

Department specialisms

Media and Cultural Identity; Media Policy; Media Education; Film and Television Studies; News and Journalism; Media and the New Technologies.

Information for international students

International students should visit the university's website ( or contact the university and ask to be sent an international students' handbook.

Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    Students enrol on a programme of work leading to the degree of PhD or MPhil. Award of the degree is subject to academic progress which is assessed formally throughout the 2- to 6-year study period, including by formal assessment following submission of the thesis.

Course contact details

Dr Robert Porter
+44 28 7012 3998