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Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentships Communications, Cultural and Media Studies

All postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. PGRs working on communications, cultural and media studies projects are normally housed in the Department of English and Creative Arts.

In REF 2021, 66% of our overall research profile in Communications, Cultural and Media Studies was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. We undertake research in the areas of television and film studies, popular culture, media studies, communications, and animation. Research specialisms in the department cover a diverse range of subjects that include: animals, environment and climate change; activism and political communication; politics of popular culture; identity; migration and diaspora; transnationalism and localism; genre studies; political economy; industry studies; arts and wellbeing; and creative practice.

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The department hosts a range of events including the annual Critical Studies in Television Conference, ICR Conference, a biannual Human Animal Studies Conference and we have research seminar series that run each semester. GTAs are encouraged to join one of the research groups or centres and there are opportunities throughout the year to get involved with our conferences and seminar series. Postgraduate researchers are supervised by experienced academics, and we have an excellent record of GTAs securing academic positions after completing their PhDs.

The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below. All postgraduate researchers will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.


In the first instance please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to communications, cultural and media studies to the Graduate School with Professor Helen Newall, Graduate School Research Degree Contact for communications, cultural and media studies included or call 01695 584809.

Research themes

Television Studies Research Group

  • Contemporary television genres and textual analysis
  • Transnationalism, regionalism and localism
  • Comedy
  • Masculinities
  • Industry studies
  • Climate change
  • Serial drama

International Centre on Racism

  • American cinema and family origin representation

Screen studies

  • European Cinema
  • Transnational, regional cinemas
  • Childhood films
  • The Western
  • Industry studies
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Science fiction disaster narratives
  • Popular aesthetics
  • Music video
  • 3D CGI

Centre for Human Animal Studies

  • Animals in media, film and/or television
  • Animal performance, animal stars, animal celebrity
  • Multispecies storytelling
  • Vegan culture/ representations of veganism
  • Animal advocacy and activism
  • Climate change, media, communication and culture

Culture, Power and Inclusion Research Group

  • Politics of media and popular culture
  • Media, migration and diaspora
  • Arts, health and wellbeing
  • Activism and political communication
  • Social media and marginalised communities
  • Adoption studies
  • Transmedia adaptations
  • Media and food cultures and policies
  • Music, technology and festival culture