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CITI-GENS DTP Visual Voices: A User Interface - how online resources aid educational and community development

School of Arts, English and Languages | PHD

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Reference Number
Application Deadline
10 July 2020
Start Date
1 January 2021


This project is part of the MSCA COFUND CITI-GENS Doctoral Training Programme, for more information, including detailed project descriptions, funding and application process go to Please note that the funding and application process within the tabs on this page are not applicable to this particular project and you must go to the website above to be sure you follow the right procedures to be considered. Research into the needs, potential, design and implementation of an online interactive web resource based on the Prisons Memory Archive (, and how such resources can engage (or otherwise) audiences with multi-layered narratives of contested pasts.

This project is one of those advertised under the CITI-GENS programme. For more information on the programme please visit
The PMA has been awarded a £500,500 HFL grant, in collaboration with the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, to preserve, make accessible and encourage engagement with 300 hours of audio visual recordings from the Maze and Long Kesh Prison and Armagh Gaol which operated during the political conflict known as The Troubles. These walk-and-talk recordings feature a diverse range of participants who interacted with the prison sites in different ways, as prisoners, prison officers, teachers, chaplains, relatives, lawyers, doctors, probation officers and maintenance workers.

There are two aspects to accessing and engaging with the PMA - as a full archive at PRONI and via a User Interface on the world wide web. PRONI are currently addressing the former and the PMA are shortly to engage with a technical partner to address the latter. The doctoral student would base their research on the second aspect of the project, which will engage with museums, libraries, schools, further education colleges and community groups in order to analyse how such an archive can be utilised in various educational and community contexts.

The project has inbuilt inter-disciplinarity with film studies, memory studies, transitional justice, oral history, education, museum studies and computer science forming the theoretical foundation of the research to date.

The current Northern Ireland Office consultation document on addressing the legacy of the past proposes an oral history archive, which will have a strong online element. Our research will be of considerable benefit to Northern Ireland and similar international initiatives where digital developments open up new possibilities for addressing the role of story telling as a means of addressing the legacy of the past in societies transitioning out of violence.

Funding Information

This project is cofunded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union and Department of the Economy.
The programme covers the tuition fees and salary, please visit for information on eligibility and salary.

Project Summary
Professor Cahal McLaughlin
Mode of Study

Full-time: 3 years

Funding Body
Cofunded by the EU and DfE
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Film Studies overview

We offer research programmes in both critical and creative practice. These are designed for students who wish to conduct research into historical or broader theoretical issues in film and audiovisual cultures, or those who are interested in practice-led research. We encourage cross-disciplinary projects, especially those involving other areas within the School of Creative Arts. There are three Programme routes: PhD in Film and Visual Studies (Creative Practice). Students opting for the PhD (Creative Practice) route will produce a body of supervised creative work, accompanied by a written critical treatment contextualising this work with the broader field of film and audiovisual cultures. We are particularly interested in applications in the following areas: Documentary Film, Conflict Transformation, New Media and Experimental Aesthetic Practices, Film Performance, Fiction Storytelling and Direction, Cinematography, Film Philosophy, Affect theory (Deleuze), Celluloid and Digital Film Processes, and Film Semiotics. PhD in Film and Visual Studies (Critical Practice). The PhD in Film and Visual Studies (Critical Practice) route offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced, original research in one of our current areas of specialisation: cinema history and historiography; sound and film; world and comparative film studies; documentary film; and Irish film and audiovisual culture. MPhil: The third route, the MPhil, also offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced research in either critical or creative practice in one of our areas of specialisation. Mode of study/duration, Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

Course content

Research Information

Associated Research
Documentary and ethnographic film
Interactive Documentary
Cinema history
Experimental film
Irish film and audiovisual culture
Relations between film and the visual arts
World and comparative film studies
British film and cinema
Film controversy and film censorship

Career Prospects


People teaching you

Professor Cahal McLaughlin

Learning Outcomes

Course structure


Entrance requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School of Arts, English and Languages. PhD Integrated Pathway (4 Years) The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences PhD Integrated 4 year programme will constitute 1 year of taught modules, independent study to develop research skills and PhD study proposal, followed by progression to a further 3 years of PhD research. Students of the 4 year programme will benefit from: - An additional year to develop research skills and subject expertise through taught modules - A more thorough understanding of the demands of PhD study - Enhanced support to develop a robust and feasible research proposal for PhD - A stronger foundation from which to deliver a successful PhD thesis To find out more email,925013,en.pdf

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,500
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,500
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £4,500
EU Other 3 £17,460
International £17,460

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

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Film Studies costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

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