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MPhil/PhD Research Degrees – Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute

Study for a higher degree by research in our diverse Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI). We support a PhD research programme with over 80 students.

Course length 3-7 Year(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

Study for your doctorate or MPhil at Sheffield Hallam’s Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI). C3RI an inspiringly diverse multidisciplinary group which makes connections between the research traditions of • art • design and media production • communication studies • computing.

The Institute consists of two research centres • Art and Design Research CentreCommunication and Computing Research Centre.

We provide an environment in which each discipline can develop its own approach to research. At the same time we bring people together on questions that cut across traditional subject boundaries.

Research activity at C3RI

Our work covers strategic and applied research as well as covering research into teaching and learning. Much of it is through partnerships with businesses and professional collaborators.

Research is supported by research councils, the European Union, commercial clients, charitable bodies and government.

We support a PhD research programme with over 80 students. We also maintain many knowledge transfer partnerships that support close collaboration between academics, researchers and industrial partners.

Design Futures

C3RI also houses Design Futures, a commercially-focused product and packaging design consultancy group based within Sheffield Hallam University.

Design Futures has had specialist design teams working exclusively on commercial consultancy services for several years. These teams have developed award winning, innovative solutions for many clients, some of which have been patented.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

To be considered for entry, applicants should hold a relevant masters degree or a good first degree from a UK institution (normally a first or upper second), or the overseas equivalent.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 with at least 5.5 in all skill areas (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently just below this level, we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course to enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

The final thesis must be presented in English.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

2018 entry requirements

To be considered for entry, applicants should hold a relevant masters degree or a good first degree from a UK institution (normally a first or upper second), or the overseas equivalent.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 with at least 5.5 in all skill areas (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently just below this level, we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course to enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

The final thesis must be presented in English.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

PhD by confirmation – three to four years full-time, or five to seven years part-time

MPhil – two years full-time, or three years part-time

Start dates – September, January or May.

Typical modules may include

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Candidates are required to critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic, to demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to their chosen field and to present and defend a thesis by oral examination.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

As MPhil plus PhD candidates are expected to make an independent and original contribution to knowledge.

Supervision

Each student is allocated a director of studies and a supervisor. Regular meetings between the student and supervisors are scheduled, with targets set for written and oral presentation of research progress.

Research training

Some students may be required to complete research training modules if not already studied as part of a masters degree. This can have fee implications for part-time students, but is included in the full-time fee.

Additional training sessions to benefit doctoral students will be arranged and advertised to students, by the Faculty and the central Doctoral School, throughout the year at no additional cost.

Training is followed by, or delivered in conjunction with, theoretical and textual research, analysis and writing, working closely with the supervisors. Students are expected to present seminar papers on their work and to submit written papers for comment. Students will also be expected to attend relevant seminars and presentations from the research seminar series and other doctoral students.

Assessment Thesis followed by oral examination

Employability

Research degrees are a vital qualification for most academic careers and for professional specialisation within an existing or planned career. The rigorous analytical thinking they involve is also an attractive feature for potential employers of all kinds.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Full-time – typically £4,195 a year
Part-time – typically £2,098 a year

Fees are aligned to Research Councils UK (RCUK) fees.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Full time – typically £12,400 a year

Please be aware that International students cannot study part-time in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa.

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 information

How to apply

Please complete an application form and visit our how to apply research pages for more detailed information. Please email your application and supporting documents directly to us at c3ri@shu.ac.uk for consideration.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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