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
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Dr Alessandro D’Arma, Deputy Director
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View profiles of our staff and news of our research and activities on the CAMRI website.

How to apply

You can find more information about study options on our Mode of study page.

PhD via MPhil 

The majority of students will apply via the PhD via MPhil route. You can read more about the application process and entry requirements on our How to apply page. 

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.

PhD by published work

If you intend to apply for a 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.

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Apply for the following subjects

  • Media Studies

Apply to our research degrees using the links below. 

You'll be able to select your subject area in the 'Supporting Information' section of the application form. 

September 2021 start 

January 2022 start 

Studentships

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 about current studentships being offered across the university on our Studentships page.

Research Centres and Groups

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