Our PhD programme sits within the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), which has a long-established reputation for producing world-leading research.

We have 25 supervising staff and over 50 doctoral researchers, whose projects cover the full range of CAMRI interests, critically exploring the political, economic, social, and cultural significance of the media across the globe. The PhD programme and its doctoral researchers are a crucial part of the work both of CAMRI and of the School and we encourage all of our PhDs to participate fully in our many and varied activities and events.

We welcome high quality applications to join our thriving community of researchers.

We are a consortium member of the AHRC funded TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, offering (subject to residence qualifications) fully-funded 3 year studentships.

Dr Anthony McNicholas, Programme Director
Email: [email protected]

Dr Alessandro D’Arma, Deputy Director
Email: [email protected]

View profiles of our staff and news of our research and activities on the CAMRI website.

How to apply

You can read more about our application process and entry requirements on our How to apply page. 

How to apply for a research degree

Apply via UCAS

Course title UCAS code Apply now
MPhil/PhD Media Studies P052467 Apply now

Distance learning

If you intend to apply for a research degree by distance-learning, you will need to demonstrate that you have appropriate local support for the duration of registration – please refer to the information on our distance learning page.

Course title UCAS code Apply now
MPhil/PhD Media Studies by Distance Learning P052468 Apply now

PhD by published work

If you intend to apply for PhD by Published Work please refer to the information on our PhD by published work page as the application process differs from the normal MPhil/PhD. Before applying, you should first make contact with the relevant academic for an informal discussion of your publications. You should only submit a formal application at this stage.

Course title UCAS code Apply now
MPhil/PhD by Published Work Media Studies P052470 Apply now


The Graduate School and each of the academic schools at the University of Westminster are committed to doctoral programmes which encourage and make possible excellent research. As part of this, we are committed to offering a range of studentships. Find out more information on current studentships being offered across the university on our Studentships page. 

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Research Centres and Groups 

Find out more about research based in the School of Media and Communications