MPhil and PhD Opportunities

Film, Media and Performing Arts

Postgraduate Research in Film, Media and Performing Arts.

Star Overview

Research overview

The School of Media and Performing Arts has a thriving postgraduate research culture. We offer opportunities in the areas of Film and Media, Drama and Performance, Creative Writing, and Digital Storytelling.

Our recent doctoral graduates have worked on innovative projects and produced groundbreaking research. We have enabled them to present their work at international conferences, to publish their findings in scholarly journals during their period of study, and to build important academic and industry connections via our established UK networks. Many of our PhD students have had the opportunity to work at academic and commercial archives, including the BFI, the National Archives, The Bill Douglas Centre, the BBC Written Archives and at Channel 4. We have an excellent record in supporting oral history research and several of our postgraduates have conducted original interviews as part of their research.

We have enabled our doctoral graduates to go on to publish their research in monographs and edited collections, and they have gained employment in a range of sectors: some work in the Cultural Industries (eg for Creative Skillset); others have been appointed as post-doctoral researchers on AHRC-funded projects; and a number have established successful academic careers both in the UK (eg at Bournemouth and Queens University Belfast) and internationally (eg Hiroshima and Trondheim).

In Drama and Performance, and Creative Writing and Digital Storytelling, our doctoral students (including opera directors and novelists) have specialised in practice-based research studies which have been innovative in their fields.

Research Cluster

Film and Media

The Film and Media Research Cluster advances research across the media industries. Work within the cluster applies a wide range of analytic, critical, historical perspectives to the examination of film, music, television, animation, the press, social and digital media, as well as acknowledging the importance of politics, institutions, and audiences in the processes of media production. As a consequence of this research, membership of the cluster is largely drawn from the staff and PhD students located in the School of Media and Performing Arts. However, recognising the interdisciplinary nature of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) and potential crossovers in research interests and expertise, some members are based in other schools in the Faculty such as Art and Design, and Creative Technologies.

Self-funded PhD opportunities

Key Facts

Duration

MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
By Publication: 1 year part-time

Entry

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.  

MPhil/PhD Fees*

MPhil full time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
MPhil part time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD full time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD part-time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

2017/18

Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,195 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £1,590 p/a
International full-time students: £12,600 p/a
International part-time students: £6,300 p/a

By Publication Fees*

Members of staff: £1,490 p/a
External candidates: £4,195 p/a

*All fees are subject to annual increase.

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Contact

admissions@port.ac.uk

Departments
School of Media and Performing Arts

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Light bulb Research Areas

Creative and Media Writing

Our staff have a wide range of practise-based skills and professional experience from screenwriting to magazine and web journalism. Research areas include:

  • The contemporary novel
  • Children’s writing
  • Micro-fictions
  • Poetry and prose for page and screen

Film, Theatre and Performance

Our researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:

  • Adaptation studies
  • American cinema
  • Archiving
  • British cinema history
  • Crime and film
  • European cinemas
  • Fashion and film
  • Film performance
  • Film industries
  • Film policy
  • Gender, sexuality and cinema
  • Latin American cinemas
  • Popular film genres
  • Race, ethnicity and cinema
  • Reception studies
  • Stars and stardom
  • Third and transnational cinema
  • Censorship
  • Musical theatre and performance

Media Studies

Our researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:

  • Popular culture and the Holocaust
  • Media and conflict in Ulster
  • Adaptation studies
  • Audiences and fandom
  • Celebrity and stardom
  • Crime television
  • Cultures of consumption
  • Cyberculture
  • Gender, sexuality and television
  • Media and mental distress
  • Media and narratology
  • Media history
  • Media theory
  • Modernism
  • Reception studies

Digital Storytelling

Our researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:

  • Academic papers
  • Filmmaking and festivals
  • Art installation, exhibition and curation
  • New technologies/new media and pedagogy

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Monitor Facilities & Features


Flexible Learning

You will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.

Resources

CCI boasts a wide range of high-tech resources and cutting-edge technology including: 92-seat fully-equipped theatre, multimedia studios (PC and Mac), large-scale 3D immersive Virtual Reality room, motion capture facilities, advanced interface devices including haptic feedback and EMG sensors as used for Intelligent Systems Research, TV studio, sound/music studios, photographic facilities, digital fabric printing and laser cutting.

Graduate School

From the moment you join us, you will be supported by the University's Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team. You will be invited to a two-day induction, helping you to get the most from our facilities and be part of our thriving research community. You can also extend your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

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Career Planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. 

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Employability

Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

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How to apply

Step 1 - Contact us

Contact us to express your interest. We'll then put you in touch with a potential supervisor to discuss your research in more depth.

Step 2 - Apply online

We recommend that you first get in touch before applying. Then, once you’re ready to apply, you can use our online application form. You will also need to provide a personal statement, supporting documents and your research proposal.

Apply online

For more details and advice about the application process visit research degree applications

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