Funded PhD Opportunity Critical Theory, Public Culture and Media Policy

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


In the Critical Theory, Public Culture and Media Policy research strand we look at the problem of how political ideas get ideologically reproduced in art and culture, broadly construed (that is, in film, news, language, painting, architecture and the built environment and everyday life), public culture, and policies like lobbying and interest groups from the perspective of the industry itself and indeed from the perspective of the public through their portrayal in popular media.

This strand also interrogates the underlying political and economic questions of the governance framework of public media corporations like the BBC and ultimately how the relationship between arts and media has shaped cultural policy in Northern Ireland.

Possible PhD projects or themes in this area could include any of the following: key issues in contemporary social, cultural and political theory, media policy, the regulation of public service media in the UK, political lobbying and interest groups, the politics of everyday life, cycling cultures and political activism.

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

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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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