Funded PhD Opportunity Cinematic Arts: Contemporary Cinema and Filmmaking

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Subject: Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies


Cinematic Arts at Ulster University is a new and vibrant area of research that combines theory and practice of moving image arts in the new digital media age. Cinematic Arts PhD proposals are sought around the following areas of staff research specialism: Contemporary Filmmaking Practice Projects will investigate an aspect of one or more of the following areas of professional practice in filmmaking: Screenwriting; directing, documentary narration, and digital storytelling. Under this heading we would particularly encourage projects that seek to generate knowledge with a potential application to the Creative Industries. Projects undertaken will combine both traditional PhD thesis and a practice-based response to ideas surrounding emerging modes of digital filmmaking.

For this area applicants should have experience in Film Production and related practice–based areas. Projects within this area will generally comprise a combination of a written dissertation (c. 50.000 words) and either a feature screenplay or a piece of filmmaking practice of sufficient agreed scope. (Exact requirements will be assessed within the context of specific proposals with reference to Ulster University regulations.) Contemporary Cinema Proposals are sought which investigate any aspect of 20th- or 21st-century film practice. Areas of staff expertise include in particular: national and transnational cinemas, MENA cinemas, cinemas of the global south, film historiography, genre hybridity, post-9/11 horror film, otherness, marginalization and rurality, representations of the US heartland. Applicants are invited to make contact with us in advance of application to discuss the feasibility of their chosen topic.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • First Class Honours (1st) Degree
  • Completion of Masters at a level equivalent to commendation or distinction at Ulster
  • Practice-based research experience and/or dissemination
  • Work experience relevant to the proposed project
  • Experience of presentation of research findings
  • Use of personal initiative as evidenced by record of work above that normally expected at career stage.


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

Other information

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 19 February 2018
Interview Date
5 to 12 March 2018

Contact Supervisor

Dr Murat Akser

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