Research course


University of East Anglia · Faculty of Arts and Humanities
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MPhil or PhD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, and a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. For entry on to the MA by Research programme, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

RESEARCH - You will be part of a thriving and active postgraduate community with around 70 PhD students. We welcome applications for PhDs and MPhil degrees and Masters' by Research.

STAFF RESEARCH INTERESTS - As a PhD student, you'll be supervised by a team of two academic staff members drawn from our Faculty of internationally renowned research staff. Our research areas include: Media history; Genre studies; Gender and feminist media studies; British cinema; Audience and reception studies.

If you are interested in applying for a research degree, please feel free to contact academic staff directly. For contact details and research interests go to:

STUDENT RESEARCH - Student research has included work on: marketing film horror; cinema going and youth cultures; women's representation in chick flicks; audiences for reality television in China; sitcom screenwriting; feminisms in US television; women in British cinema; and American film serials.

SEMINARS, STUDY DAYS AND RESEARCH SKILLS TRAINING - As a postgraduate student, you’ll be part of our regular research programme. This includes guest lectures, study days, symposia and major international conferences. Recent events have included the International Girls Studies and Women’s Film and Television History Network conferences, and symposia on film and the environment, celebrity and stardom, youth media, and new approaches to British cinema and television. You’ll take part in our postgraduate training seminars, and you’ll have the chance to hone your research and professional skills through sessions organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School.

Information for international students

English entry requirements are: Minimum IELTS overall score of 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in speaking, reading and listening and 7.0 in writing), or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709