Media and Cultural Studies (MPhil)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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About Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University

Undertaking a PhD in media and cultural studies provides you with access to a wide range of professional and academic opportunities including quality-assured supervision and regional, national and global links with creative and cultural industries.

You will become part of the Media and Cultural Studies team contributing to a vibrant learning community. During your studies you will have the opportunity to present papers at conferences, write articles for academic journals and contribute articles to edited collections alongside other publications. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to enrol on a nationally recognised Teaching in Higher Education qualification, allowing you to host undergraduate and postgraduate seminars.

We are a leading research unit at Newcastle University with a strong PhD culture. Our research environment supports world-leading, internationally excellent scholarship. Our approach is distinct and interdisciplinary, focusing across theoretical and applied areas. 

PhD Supervision

Our research is characterised by a critical cultural studies approach, with PhD supervision normally available in the following research areas:

  • digital interfaces; digital money and finance; app economies; phenomenology and new media; mobile media; media theory; new materialism; speculative realism and interdisciplinary projects across media studies and geography (Dr James Ash)
  • journalism and community; local; hyper-local; work/practices; and diversity/diverse voices (Dr David Bane
  • social media; intimacy and changing social relationships; changing media technologies and personal life; gender, media and culture (Professor Deborah Chambers)
  • the social, cultural and institutional construction of art and artists; art curation, display and education; artist-run initiatives; identities; membership and belonging; place; geographies of art (Dr Emma Coffield)
  • documentary film practice, history and theory; film-based practice research methodologies; documentary film editing and non fiction narrative construction; linguistic anthropology; social linguistics; language ideologies as well as their filmic representation; subtitling and translation in film (Dr Alastair Cole)
  • multimedia journalism; public relations; online journalism; visual data journalism (infographics); journalism studies; journalism pedagogy; journalism histories (Dr Murray Dick)
  • masculinities; mobile media; sport (particularly action sports); place; bodies; cultural studies; sexual ethics; gendered violence; young people; identities (Dr Clifton Evers)
  • digital media in museum/gallery/heritage settings; online museum/gallery/heritage experiences; social media and its implications for the cultural sector; design and use of mobile, personal, ubiquitous technologies in cultural settings; study and understanding of social museum experiences; theory and practice of Visitor Studies; ethnographic and ethnomethodological approaches in the study of museum experiences (Dr Areti Galani)
  • digital politics; democracy and power; digital activism; network culture; critical theory; public sphere theory; autonomist theories; media-philosophy (Dr Joss Hands)
  • dating; intimacy and masculinity; education; masculinity and sexuality; young people and gender (Dr Chris Haywood)
  • practice-based research in fiction and non-fiction as well as subjects under Indian cinema; world cinema; women and cinema; film theory; film journalism and criticism; film societies and festivals (Dr Geetha Jayaraman)
  • journalism; discourse; ideology; political communication; media theory; national identity; war; politics and propaganda (Dr Darren Kelsey)
  • social media critical discourse studies; digital discourse analysis; CDA; populism & discourse; discourse & national identity/nationalism; discourse & ethnicity/migration/gender/race; discourse & politics/democracy; the Middle East (Dr Majid Khosravinik)
  • queer theory; celebrity; psychoanalysis; pornography; sexuality; reality and authenticity; neo-liberalism; bodies; gender; identity and representation; politics and power (Dr Gareth Longstaff)
  • identities; heritage; museums; curatorship; postnationalism, cosmopolitanism (Professor Rhiannon Mason)
  • the management and interpretation of cultural heritage; history of South African museums; the construction of hunter-gatherer archaeological history, including the integration of information derived from excavations with that from rock art; the absolute and relative dating of rock art; Northumberland rock art (Dr Aron Mazel)
  • documentary making: politics, theory, practices; sport documentaries: ideology, aesthetics, practices; filming India: history, culture, practices (Dr Ian McDonald)
  • cultural policy; the consumption of museums and galleries (capital, citizenship, identity construction); learning in museums and art galleries; art interventions and people living with dementia (Professor Andrew Newman)
  • gender and political communication; women and news; gender and journalism; politics and social media (Professor Karen Ross)
  • geoengineering or climate-engineering; technologies using a critical approach to technology studies coupled with critical discourse analysis (Dr Tina Sikka)
  • management of large heritage sites; heritage; the role of world heritage in UNESCO; protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict (Professor Peter Stone)
  • financialisation; governance and communication; fiscal policy and communication; political rhetoric, political elites; financial elites; think tanks; independent fiscal institutions (Dr Catherine Walsh)
  • cultural politics of museums; galleries; museums and memory (Professor Chris Whitehead)
  • foreign policy; conflict and human rights in the national press; democracy; power; political economy (Dr Florian Zollman)


This programme is taught on the Newcastle campus. Attendance is flexible and agreed between you and your supervisors depending on the requirements of the research project.


As a postgraduate research student in media and cultural studies you will benefit from dedicated research suites within the School of Arts and Cultures.

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  • The awardMPhilHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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  • The awardMPhilHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study24 months
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  • The awardPhDHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
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  • The awardPhDHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study72 months
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Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject, such as:
• cultural studies
• communication studies
• media studies
• sociology
• gender studies
• related humanities and social sciences subjects

We may ask you to attend an interview either in person, via telephone or Skype.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 7 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)     
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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