Funded PhD Opportunity Emerging Media, Pedagogy and Learning

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Subject: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management


Our Emerging Media and Pedagogy team engage in practice-driven research that centres on using contemporary media practice to engage audiences in creative modes of expression and discovery. Using creative media practices, from augmented reality to animation, this research directly engages users through contemporary digital devices. Much of this research engages users from the wider community, opening up media practice to audiences as a means of communication and expression.

This practice research wants to engage with users that perhaps don’t have easy access to, or perhaps an understanding of, how contemporary media can be used to better society. Our impact related activity typically falls within: pedagogy, cultural life and public engagement, community or socially engaged arts, BBC media policy and economic or creative industries.

PhD projects or themes in this area include one or a combination of: emerging media and creative practice, media play, gaming, speculative design, transmedial textualities, digital humanities, new technologies and social and cultural change, regional and inter-regional creative industries.

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
  • Clearly defined research proposal detailing background, research questions, aims and methodology
  • Research proposal of 1500 words detailing aims, objectives, milestones and methodology of the project

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
  • Masters at 70%


    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

The Doctoral College at Ulster University

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 18 February 2019
Interview Date
5 March 2019

Contact Supervisor

Dr Robert Porter

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