From law, computer animation and media production to communication and journalism, our Faculty of Media & Communication offers many opportunities for doctoral of philosophy research across a wide range of specialisms. The faculty hosts seven research centres: Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP), Narrative, Culture and Community Research Centre, Centre for Comparative Politics and Media Research, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM), Experimental Media Research Centre (EMERGE), National Research Centre for Computer Animation, Centre for the Study of Conflict, Emotion and Social Justice. The research strategy in the faculty is aligned with Bournemouth University’s 2025 vision and strategic plan; a plan that stresses real-world impact, the enrichment of society and the economy, and advancing knowledge to significantly influence challenges world-wide. Research projects within the faculty have had a significant impact on a number of worldwide issues including digital and technological futures; The implications of 3D printing for Intellectual Property, Afterglow, The impact of digital technologies on readers and reading and global security; Tear gas, policing and human rights. As well as conducting research within the faculty, we also work closely with colleagues from other specialisms through our research institutes and centres as well as with other universities, helping to deliver impactful and relevant research projects.
To be awarded a PhD, you will need to complete a complex and advanced project. You will be expected to critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic, which results in an original and independent contribution to knowledge, as well as to demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to your chosen field. You will have to present and defend your thesis and/or practical element by viva voce (oral examination), to the satisfaction of the examiners.
We would normally expect you to have an Honours degree at Upper Second Class (2:1) and/or an appropriate Master's degree. Some supervisors may ask you for additional entry requirements such as relevant work experience, evidence of written work, or previous study of a particular subject. Entry requirements may vary so it is important to discuss your application in principle before submitting a formal application.
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