PhD programme

PhD programme

PhD students in CCMS explore a wide range of culture and media topics in an exciting interdisciplinary environment with high-rated support and supervision.

Topics our students are investigating including social media, fan cultures, folklore, cultural heritage, identity and inclusion, film industries and festivals, archival studies, popular media genres and journalism.

Our programme has a strong track record in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, scoring above the sector average on a range of factors including overall experience, supervision, research culture and confidence in professional development.

Training and supervision

Supervision is led by a director of studies and delivered in teams, drawing in expertise from across the Culture and Creativity Research Institute (CCRI) and beyond. Our students and supervisors also participate in the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Heritage.

CCRI offers a community-based PhD training programme that promotes criticality, creativity, discussion and debate, helping you develop your voice as an independent researcher. You will also have opportunities to participate in the institute's annual interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate and early career researchers.

At university level, all Sheffield Hallam PhD students have access to training in areas such as scholarship, research practice, project management, personal effectiveness and research communication.


Specialist media and film facilities include production equipment, recording studios, edit suites, a VR studio and screening facilities at 'The Void,' our film lecture theatre.

CCRI doctoral students also have a dedicated community and study space, with wonderful views across Sheffield towards the iconic Park Hill Flats.

The University's two spacious libraries offer 24-hour access and flexible learning spaces, as well as a research support team that offers advice and training.