Research course

Film, Media and Communication

University of Portsmouth · School of Film, Media and Communication

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

October, February

Course content

The School of Media and Performing Arts has a thriving postgraduate research culture. We offer opportunities in the areas of Film and Media, Drama and Performance, Creative Writing, and Digital Storytelling.

Our recent doctoral graduates have worked on innovative projects and produced groundbreaking research. We have enabled them to present their work at international conferences, to publish their findings in scholarly journals during their period of study, and to build important academic and industry connections via our established UK networks. Many of our PhD students have had the opportunity to work at academic and commercial archives, including the BFI, the National Archives, The Bill Douglas Centre, the BBC Written Archives and at Channel 4. We have an excellent record in supporting oral history research and several of our postgraduates have conducted original interviews as part of their research.

We have enabled our doctoral graduates to go on to publish their research in monographs and edited collections, and they have gained employment in a range of sectors: some work in the Cultural Industries (eg for Creative Skillset); others have been appointed as post-doctoral researchers on AHRC-funded projects; and a number have established successful academic careers both in the UK (eg at Bournemouth and Queens University Belfast) and internationally (eg Hiroshima and Trondheim).

In Drama and Performance, and Creative Writing and Digital Storytelling, our doctoral students (including opera directors and novelists) have specialised in practice-based research studies which have been innovative in their fields.

Research Cluster


The Film and Media Research Cluster advances research across the media industries. Work within the cluster applies a wide range of analytic, critical, historical perspectives to the examination of film, music, television, animation, the press, social and digital media, as well as acknowledging the importance of politics, institutions, and audiences in the processes of media production. As a consequence of this research, membership of the cluster is largely drawn from the staff and PhD students located in the School of Media and Performing Arts. However, recognising the interdisciplinary nature of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) and potential crossovers in research interests and expertise, some members are based in other schools in the Faculty such as Art and Design, and Creative Technologies.

Module Details


Our staff have a wide range of practise-based skills and professional experience from screenwriting to magazine and web journalism. Research areas include:

  • The contemporary novel
  • Children’s writing
  • Micro-fictions
  • Poetry and prose for page and screen

Our researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:

  • Adaptation studies
  • American cinema
  • Archiving
  • British cinema history
  • Crime and film
  • European cinemas
  • Fashion and film
  • Film performance
  • Film industries
  • Film policy
  • Gender, sexuality and cinema
  • Latin American cinemas
  • Popular film genres
  • Race, ethnicity and cinema
  • Reception studies
  • Stars and stardom
  • Third and transnational cinema
  • Censorship
  • Musical theatre and performance

Our researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:

  • Popular culture and the Holocaust
  • Media and conflict in Ulster
  • Adaptation studies
  • Audiences and fandom
  • Celebrity and stardom
  • Crime television
  • Cultures of consumption
  • Cyberculture
  • Gender, sexuality and television
  • Media and mental distress
  • Media and narratology
  • Media history
  • Media theory
  • Modernism
  • Reception studies

Our researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:

  • Academic papers
  • Filmmaking and festivals
  • Art installation, exhibition and curation
  • New technologies/new media and pedagogy

Fees and funding

UK students
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £TBC p/a, part-time students: £TBC p/a. *fees may be subject to annual increase.
International students
International full-time students: £13,200 p/a* International part-time students: £6,600 p/a* * Fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)23 9284 5566