Journalism Communication and Creative Writing postgraduate research degrees
If you're ready to take your expertise in Journalism, Communication and Creative Writing into a postgraduate research degree, Portsmouth is the perfect place to achieve your goals.
From why people write to the methods and platforms they choose, you could explore how traditional and new media can be used by organisations, institutions and people to benefit society. You could also investigate how we consume media and how its influence can be abused, and as a postgraduate researcher, you'll have the chance to make your own contribution to original, impactful research.
Types of research degrees
Find out about our PhD, MPhil, and PhD by Publication opportunities in Journalism, Communication and Creative Writing below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.
Journalism, Communication & Creative Writing PhDs and MPhils
Explore our pre-approved funded and self-funded PhD projects in Journalism, Communication and Creative Writing, or submit your own research idea.
PhD and MPhil projects
There are currently no funded PhD projects available in this area – for more information on funding your own research project, visit our pages on funding your research degree.
There are currently no pre-approved self-funded projects available in this subject area. If you'd like to submit your own PhD proposal, please read the information below.
Submit your own idea
If you already have a research idea, find a supervisor whose research interests match yours using the Portsmouth Research Portal. Once you've identified someone suitable, contact them to discuss your idea. You'll find their contact details on their profile on the portal.
PhD by Publication
A PhD by publication is a postgraduate research degree based on research you've already undertaken and had published (excluding self-publishing) before registering with us.
Eligible research outputs include peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed. You'll have to submit these materials for examination between 6-12 months after registering with us.
For more information, please visit our PhD by Publication page.
Duration, fees and funding
How long will my research degree take?
- MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
- PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
- PhD by Publication: 1 year part-time
How much will my research degree cost?
PhD and MPhil
- Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,260 p/a*
- Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 p/a*
- International full-time students: £14,000 p/a*
- International part-time students: £7,000 p/a*
PhD by Publication
- External candidates: £4,260 p/a
- Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,550 p/a
*All fees are subject to annual increase
MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.
PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan.
For information on other sources of funding, visit our funding your postgraduate research degree page.
The entry requirements for a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.
If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Support and facilities
When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.
What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?
Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.
Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.
Explore the research we're doing across our 3 areas of expertise in Journalism, Communication and Creative Writing.
We're researching the impact of journalism and media on society, and the role it plays in shaping how we understand politics, social justice, human rights, and civic engagement.
We're studying different kinds of writing, their benefits on well-being, and how societal issues can be presented and resolved through literature.