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Media and communication

The Department of Media Arts and Communication at Sheffield Hallam is one of the leading centres for media production education in the UK with active practitioners in games design, film and digital media production, animation, photography, journalism and public relations and a rich history of research in the areas of media, media arts, and culture and communication studies. The Communication and Computing Research Centre (CCRC) provides a focus for interdisciplinary research in media and communication with a range of expertise in media industries, media production, cultures and audiences. 

 We particularly welcome applications in the areas of

  • Social media and fan cultures
  • Social movements and protest
  • The governance of public spaces and urban culture 
  • Globalization, post colonial cultures 
  • Gendered identities and bodies
  • Computer supported co-operative work in the ‘collaborative economy’
  • Journalism theory and practice 
  • Cultural heritage and heritage technologies

Possible supervisors include Rinella Cere, Luigina Ciolfi, Lily Canter, Dave Clarke, Ruth Deller, Kathy Doherty, Geff Green, Anandi Ramamurthy, Kerry McSeveny, Joan Rodriguez-Amat and Dave Waddington

  • How to apply

    Applicants should email their completed postgraduate application form to C3RI@shu.ac.uk by 12 noon on Thursday 1 February 2018. The application form asks for a 1500 word research proposal. In addition to this (and in the same box), please outline a) how your skills and experience to date prepare you to embark on your proposed project b) any challenges that you foresee in conducting the research, and how you might approach or solve them.

    We strongly recommend that in all cases you contact a prospective supervisor to discuss your research proposal before submitting your application form. Potential supervisors are included for each research theme (with links to staff profiles). Please also refer to the C3RI webpages and C3RI Impact Blog for further information about staff and projects.

    Where English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability to the following minimum level of proficiency: an overall IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in each component or an accepted equivalent. Please note that your test score must be current, i.e. within the last two years, and that relevant certification must be submitted at the point of application. Please note that the value of all Sheffield Hallam scholarships for the tuition fees element is set at Home/EU rate (£4195 per annum in 2017/18). International applicants will need to indicate at the point of application how they plan to fund the shortfall between the value of the scholarship and international PhD fees - £12,400 per annum for 2017/18 in C3RI.

    For all queries about the application process please email C3RI@shu.ac.uk

    Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarships

    Some scholarships on offer are Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) scholarships, sponsored by the faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences. GTA scholarships offer training and professional development in teaching practice alongside PhD research. This includes a requirement (within the terms and conditions of the scholarship) to deliver up to a maximum of 180 hours of teaching related activity per year, for the duration of the award. This opportunity may be of particular interest and benefit to PhD candidates wishing to pursue a career in Higher Education.

    Please indicate in your application (or accompanying e-mail) whether you would like to be considered for a GTA Scholarship.

    Please view our eligibility criteria before submitting an application.

  • Selection process

    Interviews will be held in the weeks beginning 5 March 2018 and 12 March 2018

    Shortlisted applicants will be required to give a 10 minute presentation followed by an interview. Interview panel members include the head of postgraduate research, a prospective director of studies and (for GTA applicants) a representative from the relevant teaching department. Applicants for a practice-led PhD will be invited to discuss examples of their creative practice at the interview stage. Where travel to Sheffield is not possible, interviews are conducted by Skype or conference call.

    The presentation should outline and discuss your PhD research proposal, targeted to a non-expert audience. You may use visual aids as you feel appropriate, but this isn't compulsory.

  • Find out more about the Cultural Communications & Computing Research Institute

    The 2017 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey showed exceptionally high satisfaction amongst PhD students enrolled in the Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI) - with sector leading scores on all criteria including supervision, resources, research culture and professional development opportunities. C3RI is a partner in the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Heritage, the North of England Centre for Arts and Humanities (NECAH), Sheffield Robotics and the University Alliance Doctoral Training Partnership in Energy. Research in C3RI is organised into two research centres:

    The Art & Design Research Centre (ADRC)

    The Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC) is organised around the themes of creative practice and health; contemporary materiality; social, cultural and philosophical narratives; and film and digital media arts. ADRC is one of the leading Art and Design Research Centres; in REF2014, 81% of the research outputs submitted were judged to be 'world-leading' (4*) and 'internationally excellent' (3*). PhD students are based in our PhD studio located at the iconic Park Hill Flats, and close to the Department of Art & Design’s facilities at the newly refurbished Sheffield Institute of Arts. Students have access to a range of facilities to support practice led research e.g. specialist jewellery and metalwork and photography studios, a stop-motion animation studio, creative media suites, experimental space for user-centred design and rapid prototype machines including 3D printers and laser cutters. We specialise in the practice-led doctorate, where creative practice is a key point of origin or reference for the PhD thesis.

    ADRC is home to Lab4Living, a collaborative trans-disciplinary community of researchers in design, healthcare and creative practices and work together to address real world issues that impact on health and wellbeing and to Design Futures, delivering packaging and product design, research and development to industry. ADRC hosts the long standing lecture and symposia series Transmission – which explores aesthetic and discursive forms required by practice and Gravity - a fine art lecture series and research group that examines making and materials.

    Communication & Computing Research Centre (CCRC)

    The Communication & Computing Research Centre (CCRC) is organised around the themes of Culture, Identity and Social Issues Institutions, Texts and Representation and Interactive Technology Design. We have a strong interdisciplinary and applied research focus and enjoy links with industry and a range of external partners including Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Cisco, SAP and Sumo Digitial. Students have access to specialist facilities to support networking, computer games design, multimedia and robotics research. In REF 2014, 65% of our research publications were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent and 95% of our research was rated as world leading in terms of economic, social and cultural impact.

    CCRC is home to CENTRIC, a multi-disciplinary and end-user focused centre of excellence which provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the public to focus on applied research in the security domain.

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