Cinematic Arts at Ulster University allows you to specialise in either Film Studies or Filmmaking Practice. Our Film Studies PhD provides you with a opportunity to study a range of specialist topics within the areas of cinema, including issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and power, the connection between cultural conflict and cinema, documentary film, global genres / local films, experimental film, and animation studies.
Our Filmmaking Practice PhD provides you with a unique opportunity to develop your film as a practice-led research project, in areas such as directing, screenwriting, documentary filmmaking, production design and digital storytelling. This PhD is aimed at those interested in the rich relationship between theory and practice (the submission will be a combination of a written dissertation [c. 50.000 words] and either a feature screenplay or a body of filmmaking practice).
Proposals are sought in the following areas of staff expertise: animation, directing, digital storytelling, experimental film, feminist film, folklore and film, film history, horror cinema, national and transnational cinemas, political cinema, queer cinema, and screenwriting.
Proposals centred on Inclusive Filmmaking or Women Filmmakers are particularly welcome. Applicants are invited to make contact withus in advance of application to discuss the feasibility of their chosen topic.
- To hold, or expect to achieve by 15 August, an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC) in a related or cognate field.
- 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
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.
The University offers the following awards to support PhD study and applications are invited from UK, EU and overseas for the following levels of support:
Vice Chancellors Research Studentship (VCRS)
Full award (full-time PhD fees + DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).
This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £15,000 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Bursary (VCRB)
Part award (full-time PhD fees + 50% DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).
This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £7,500 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fees Bursary (VCRFB)
Fees only award (PhD fees + RTSG for 3 years).
This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Department for the Economy (DFE)
The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,285 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fee’s component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided). For Non-EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK. This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Due consideration should be given to financing your studies; for further information on cost of living etc. please refer to: www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/fees-and-funding/financing-your-studies
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David Lyttle - PhD in MusicologyWatch Video
I am a visual artist and researcher with emphasis on performative art and interdisciplinary practice. Before applying for the practice-based PhD I had studied Philosophy of Science and Fine arts. My research concerned immersive performative installations and focused on the psychophysical effects of artistic creation to the participants.My proudest moment was when I managed to identify the right supervisory team to support my project. My favourite memory was when I was awarded a doctoral grant in order to participate to Psi conference in Canada. I’ll never forget my first year's struggle to define my subject! I couldn’t have got through without the moral support of my family and my passion for the art. If I could speak to myself at the start of my PhD I would advise myself to break down into steps this whole project and feed constantly my motivation with a balanced lifestyle.
Eleni Kolliopoulou - PhD in Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies