PhD Media and Communications
About the course
A PhD in Media and Communications offers an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award.
We live in an increasingly media-saturated world which is expanding into all areas of our lives. Doctoral research into this area offers the opportunity to make an original contribution in the field, critically analysing the social, political and cultural influence of the media in our contemporary society.
As part of your research degree, you will:
- undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff.
- be provided with guidance from your supervisory team, both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research.
- attend postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research.
- present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.
The degree is assessed solely on the final, written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva.
A PhD is a not a taught course. You will initiate your own learning and development through seeking out opportunities provided by the University.
The programme can be undertaken on a full or part time basis and we will endeavour to provide a fully supportive research and learning environment with flexible supervision.
Your supervisors will have both subject and PhD supervision experience. They will assist and support you throughout your time with us, enhancing your experience and helping you to make the most of your research learning.
How to Apply
The quality of your research proposal, your suitability for pursuing higher research and our capacity to supervise the chosen topic, are the principal criteria for admission. You will need to submit a written research proposal and personal statement to the Doctoral College but informal discussion before formal application is strongly encouraged. You can do so by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply, please email email@example.com
The University of Hertfordshire is committed to increasing diversity in research careers, and we strongly encourage applications from people who identify with protected characteristics, those from areas with traditionally low participation in higher education, and people who are the first in their family to study at university.
What’s next for my career?
You want to gain:
- An internationally recognised research qualification
- Advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
- Research skills through practice and extensive research experience
Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research.
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