Research course

Interdisciplinary Studies

University of Warwick · Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 undergraduate degree and a Master's (or equivalent) in a related subject.

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • IELTS overall score of 7.0 minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

Months of entry


Course content

An interdisciplinary PhD at CIM allows you to conduct research in more than one area of inquiry and/or methodology, across innovative fields such as:

  • Complexity Science
  • Digital Media Research
  • Data Visualisation
  • Cultural Economy
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Digital Sociology
  • Environmental Humanities

It will allow you to do research that might not fit easily in a traditional PhD programme.

An interdisciplinary study does not mean that you are ‘free floating’ or that you will not have identifiable expertise at the end of your study. It means that you will develop and acquire research expertise and an accompanying skillset that crosses more than one discipline, and the ability to engage with and contribute to broader interdisciplinary discussions within and beyond the university.

While CIM is not the only place where interdisciplinary study is possible, there are very few places where the development of interdisciplinary methodology is the focus. In CIM, you will benefit from tailored guidance from academics and professional staff with experience and expertise in the challenges of interdisciplinary research.

Teaching and learning

Supervision will be provided by top academic researchers with significant experience in undertaking research and contributing to methodology development across a range of disciplines, topics, methods.

Most doctoral students at CIM are supervised by two academics, with co-supervisors based in CIM or in relevant other departments at Warwick, such as:

  • Sociology
  • Computer Science
  • History
  • The Institute for Sustainable Development
  • The Centre for Media and Cultural Policy Studies

As CIM is a research centre, PhD students are exposed and contribute to a vibrant research environment, which includes:

  • PhD seminars
  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Work-in-progress forums
  • Study visits

Students may also participate in research projects based in CIM, and gain teaching experience.

Fees and funding

See University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    up to 84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
024 7657 4058