Research course

Communication and Media

University of Liverpool · Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies

Entry requirements

The department offers postgraduate degrees, both taught and by thesis and has specific policies towards international students and those wishing to study part time. The department fully embraces the University’s Equal Opportunities strategy and works closely with the Student Welfare and Disability Team, the International Office and the English Language Support Unit, to provide appropriate facilities for students with additional needs including English language support and adaptive and assistive technologies. Students considering registering for a PhD are asked to produce a 1,000 word research proposal which should be sent to Dr Yannis Tzioumakis, the departmental Director of Postgraduate Research This is then circulated to potential supervisors to determine if the project is viable and if there are staff with relevant subject expertise who could supervise the work. If the project fulfils both these requirements, applicants are then asked to apply online, ensuring that all required documentation is attached. Candidates wishing to be considered for registration onto one of our higher degrees should possess a good Honours degree (2:1 or equivalent)..

Months of entry

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

Course content

Our primary research degree is the PhD. Most of our students pursue this full-time over a period of three years, although you can opt for part-time, usually over a four-year period.

Subject Overview

Thanks to our wide-ranging research interests we can offer you plenty of choice when it comes to your topic. Here are some of the thesis titles recently completed or currently being researched:-

  • Media coverage of the Iraq War
  • News media representations of Islam and Muslim communities
  • News reporting of women who kill
  • Contemporary horror film and the American film industry
  • Women and sexuality in British cinema
  • Political satire
  • American independent cinema and transmedia storytelling

For the programme you'll need to be an Honours graduate and there'll be a yearly assessment which you must pass to continue with your PhD. The earliest a thesis can be presented is two years after full-time registration and it must be completed within four years.

Currently, a student registered for a PhD part-time can submit the thesis after four years.

You can register for your postgraduate research degree at any time of year, but we'd strongly recommend you register at the beginning of the academic year in September. This will put you in step with our research training cycle and will speed up your progress.

Communication and Media is a close-knit community of dedicated, innovative teachers and researchers that extends a warm welcome to postgraduate taught and research students.

Our people have a diverse range of research and teaching interests – and in research we're especially well-known for:-

  • political communication
  • political cinema
  • gender and media
  • human rights
  • journalistic practice
  • global media and entertainment

Our activities include internationally recognised research, linking political science and communication studies primarily through crossover interests in public communication within the British and European political contexts.

We've invested heavily in our postgraduate research programme over the last few years. Our students enjoy a strongly supportive system of training and supervision, with opportunities to present work and to network with the rest of the University’s postgraduate research community.

The department's actively contributing to the development of our field through research, key subject associations, conference organisation and speaking engagements, and editorial board membership of significant journals.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36-60 months


part time
48-84 months
full time
12-48 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927