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International/EU: £7,450 per year
- Undertake doctoral research into an approved media and communication topic.
- Join the vibrant research community in the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI).
- Benefit from excellent supervision, resources, training, industry links, partners and research culture.
This PhD course allows you to undertake research into a specific media and communication context. You'll join a dynamic research community — 81% of research in Art & Design and 65% of research in Media, Cultural, Communication Studies & Library and Information Management was deemed of world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework. In 2018, our institute receieved sector-leading student satisfaction (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2016, 2018).
How you learn
Your supervisory team will include a Director of Studies and one or more second supervisors with expertise and interest in your research area. However, much of the work for your degree will be carried out independently, and you will need the initiative, motivation and commitment to succeed. Your supervisors will help define your research programme, agree any associated training requirements, and provide direction.
Course leaders and tutors
Topics of particular interest to current potential supervisors include a range of relevant topics, which address contemporary issues. These might include social movements and progress; the governance of public spaces and urban culture; globalization and post-colonial cultures; the collaborative economy and cultural heritage.
C3RI is a partner in the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Heritage, the North of England Centre for Arts and Humanities (NECAH) and Sheffield Robotics.
CCRC has a strong interdisciplinary and applied research focus with industry and cultural sector partners that include Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Sumo Digital, Cisco, SAP, Sheffield Museums and Film Hub North.
This course prepares you for a career in
- research and academia
- leadership and practitioner roles in the creative industries
- the heritage sector
- higher education
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work in exceptional facilities in the Department of Media Arts and Communication.
Learn more about your department
Media, Arts and Communications Facilities Tour
Take a look around the media, arts and communication facilities at Sheffield Hallam University with lecturer Saskia Wilson.
All applicants should hold a strong undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) and/or a relevant masters qualification (or expectation of the same).
All applicants must submit a completed postgraduate application form including a 1500 word research proposal.
You are encouraged to find out more about our staff and their current research to inform the development of your research proposal and to ensure it aligns with our research themes. Before submitting your proposal, please contact the member(s) of staff listed against the relevant research theme.
Applicants are required to give a short 10–15 minute presentation followed by an interview. Interview panel members will include the head of research degrees for the relevant research area or centre, a local postgraduate research tutor and a prospective director of studies.
Where English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability to the following (or equivalent) minimum level of proficiency: an IELTS score of 7.0, with 7.0 in all components (or equivalent). Please note that your test score must be current, i.e. within the last two years.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK postgraduate research students starting part-time study in 2022/23 is £2,298 per year.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for International/EU postgraduate research students starting part-time study in 2022/23 is £7,450 per year. (Note that this course is not suitable for students requiring a Tier 4 visa).
Doctoral student loans
Up to £25,700 available to help you while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Media, PR and journalism courses (PDF, 227.1KB)
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