Research course

Media and Cultural Policy

University of Glasgow · College of Arts
PhDMLitt by researchMPhilMRes

Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Centre for Cultural Policy Research offers an outstanding research environment and high quality supervision experience from leading international experts in their fields.

As a dedicated postgraduate research and teaching centre, the Centre for Cultural Policy Research has a highly experienced team of postgraduate supervisors and is home to a thriving cohort of postgraduate research students. The Centre is also home to major externally ESRC and AHRC funded research projects and is closely linked to CREATe the UK Research Councils' centre for copyright and new business models in the creative economy. These projects and the researchers working on them all contribute to the research culture and interact with PG students through a programme of workshops and seminars.

We welcome applications to undertake studies for higher degrees in the following broad areas of staff interest and specialist.

  • creativity and innovation in the cultural and media industries
  • cultural and national identities and communications in the global context
  • communication and media studies
  • evaluation of the social impact of arts intervention
  • evidence-based policy-making
  • media management and media economics
  • media regulation and cultural policy in the UK and EU
  • social media, journalism and sport.

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

AHRC Doctoral Training Programme Scotland 2018/19

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

College of Arts PhD scholarship competition 2018/19

We offer a number of scholarships for students undertaking a doctoral programme in the College of Arts Graduate School. These scholarships will include around four hours per week of internship duties.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

MLitt by research

full time
24 months
part time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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