Project code



School of Film Media and Communication

Start dates

June 2019

Closing date


Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD in the School of Architecture to commence in October 2020. 

The University of Portsmouth is investing in a number of funded PhD bursaries that underpin our commitment to our research base and the impact our research makes. 

Candidates applying for this opportunity may be eligible to compete for one of a small number of bursaries available; these cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for three years and a stipend in line with the UKRI rate (£15,009 for 2019/2020). Bursary recipients will also receive a £1,500 p.a. for project costs/consumables. 

The School of Film, Media and Communication has leading researchers investigating a wide range of different topics, and we’re currently offering bursaries linked to the following research areas:

We encourage applications for doctoral studies that significantly advance knowledge in the practice-based, historical, theoretical and/or contemporary fields of: global media studies (culture and identity), global screen industries and audiences, and global narratives and storytelling. We are open to innovative proposals.

Entry requirements

You'll need a first class honours degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree with Merit in a relevant subject area. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or Qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

How to apply

Discuss your own research idea

Once you've checked that you meet our entry requirements, you can find out more about postgraduate programmes in the School of Film, Media and Communication by contacting the lead of the research centres listed above or the Departmental Research Degrees Coordinator Dr Yael Friedman-Silver.

Please note: a university supervisor needs to support any bursary application, so it's important you make informal contact before you apply to discuss the suitability of your proposal.

Write up a short research proposal of up to 1500 words

When you apply, you'll need to outline the background to your proposed research, and your proposed research methodology. The proposed research should relate to one of the above research areas and it's essential that you contact potential supervisors for your research before submitting your application, so that they can discuss your proposal in advance.

Apply online

Your application should include your research proposal, a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. To be considered for this funded PhD opportunity you must also quote project code FMCS4470219 when you apply.

Eligibility and funding notes

The Portsmouth Global PhD scholarships are available to international (non-EEA) students only and cover tuition fees at an international rate for three years, a stipend in line with that offered by Research Councils UK of £14,777 per annum (2018/2019 rate), and one return flight to London during the duration of the course.


Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to the research leads mentioned above.

For administrative and admissions enquiries please contact