Research course

Film, Media and Communication

University of Portsmouth · School of Film, Media and Communication

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Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

If you're ready to take your expertise in Film and Media into a postgraduate research qualification, look no further than Portsmouth.
At a time when society is increasingly shaped by the media we consume and create, our research is exploring how film and other forms of screen media shape people's attitudes and beliefs, and how it informs their daily lives.
Our research staff have specialisms in fandom and popular culture, history and theory of animation, Hollywood film, British film, digital content, horror, transmedia storytelling, adaptation, comics and film, Latin American film, transnational cinemas, gender and film, women's filmmaking, queer theory and film, and film and migration.
When you study for a postgraduate research degree with us, you'll be following in the footsteps of previous research students who've presented their work at international conferences, published their outputs in renowned journals, and worked at academic and commercial archives, including the British Film Institute (BFI), the National Archives, The Bill Douglas Centre, the BBC Written Archives and at Channel 4.
Our Doctoral graduates have gone on to careers across the cultural industries, while others have been appointed as post-doctoral researchers on projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and established successful academic careers across the globe.
Support and facilities
When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.
You'll have access to high-tech resources and technology, including: a 92-seat fully-equipped theatre, multimedia studios (PC and Mac), large-scale 3D immersive Virtual Reality room, motion capture facilities, advanced interface devices including haptic feedback and EMG sensors as used for Intelligent Systems Research, TV studio, sound/music studios, and photographic facilities.
What you'll study
Our researchers are working and supervising in fields such as:
  • Fandom and popular culture
  • History and theory of animation
  • Hollywood film
  • British film
  • Digital content
  • Horror
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Adaptation
  • Comics and film
  • Latin American film
  • Transnational film and television
  • Gender and film and television
  • Women's filmmaking
  • Queer theory and film and television
  • Film and migration
  • Propaganda
  • International relations
  • Post-conflict societies
  • Area studies
  • Architecture
  • Visual cultures
  • Illustration
  • Militarism
  • Islamophobia
  • Critical journalism studies
  • Graphic design
  • Cultural memory
  • Media studies
  • Genocide
  • Holocaust studies
  • Discourse analysis
  • Critical theory
  • Fandom and popular culture
  • History and theory of animation
  • Hollywood film
  • Digital media and new technologies
  • Social media
  • Horror
  • Transmedia storytelling and paratexts
  • Adaptation
  • Comics and film
  • Gender and race
  • Comic book culture
  • American television
  • Latin American Cinema
  • Transnational cultures
  • Magazines and periodicals
  • Comedy and culture
Careers and opportunities
Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.
Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

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
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566