PhD in Media and Broadcast (Critical Practice)
Doctoral candidates undertaking the PhD (Critical Practice) will develop advanced, original research relating to their chosen subject. This research is carried out under the guidance of a supervisory team, typically consisting of a primary and secondary supervisor. The supervisors will aid in developing the project, and in identifying training and development opportunities. The media and broadcast programme presents an ideal opportunity for interdisciplinary research, connecting with areas both within and beyond the School of Arts, English and Languages.
Doctoral candidates have access to a range of support and development opportunities through the University. This includes the University Graduate School, which provides a training and development programme as well as work and social space, as well as the McClay Library. Researchers will have access to a range of research activities and networks, including the various research centres in the University such as the Centre for Public History, or connections to other institutions such as PRONI (Public Records Office Northern Ireland) and BBC NI. Candidates funded via the Northern Bridge Doctoral Partnership will have additional opportunities to engage with training and organisations through the partnership.
A standard PhD programme runs for 3-4 years full-time or 6-8 years part-time. Students can apply for a writing up year should it be required.
Candidates also have the option of applying for the Integrated PhD. The Integrated PhD has a first year which consists of a mix of taught modules and guided research development during which the candidate develops their skills and knowledge to support their doctoral project, and further develops and refines their thesis concept. The candidate then undertakes a 3-4 year doctoral project. This is particularly suitable for candidates moving to a new disciplinary area or developing interdisciplinary research. If you choose to pursue the Integrated PhD route, then this should be selected during the application process.
We are particularly interested in applications in the following areas:
Animation – Contact Dr Don Duncan
Colonialism/post-colonialism and the media – Contact Dr Don Duncan
Digital art – Contact Dr John D’Arcy
Gender and popular culture – Contact Dr Elena Caoduro
Gothic / horror, science fiction, fantasy in and across media and literature – Contact Dr Derek Johnston
History of media, particularly in the UK – Contact Dr Derek Johnston
Hybrid practice – Contact Dr Don Duncan
LGBT+ issues and representations – Contact Dr Don Duncan
Multilingualism in the media (including the Irish language) – Contact Dr Don Duncan
Radio and radio cultures: – Contact Dr Don Duncan
Representations and uses of history, memory and nostalgia in media and literature – Contact Dr Don Duncan, Dr Derek Johnston or Dr Elena Caoduro
Representations of terrorism in film and TV – Contact Dr Elena Caoduro