The Centre for Media Research welcomes applications from prospective students within the fields of film, television, media, gaming, publishing and cultural studies, supporting innovative research that takes both theoretical and practice-based approaches.

The Centre benefits from a number of specialist research clusters made up of a variety of theoretical and practice-based researchers, and as a research student you will have the opportunity to join these clusters and take part in a range of our research activities, including symposia, conferences and public engagement events. Our research clusters comprise: Digital Materialities, Film & Social Context, and Play & Multiplatform.

Proposals are therefore welcome from prospective PhD students interested in the Research Centre's core areas of specialism, including:

  • Digital cultures and materialities
  • Media arts and practice
  • Film and its social contexts
  • Gender and representation in the media
  • Gameplay and videogame studies
  • Multiplatform and transmedia industries
  • Global music cultures

We also welcome proposals that have an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach embedded that draw on the expertise across Bath Spa University, for example within the University’s other fields such as Environmental Humanities or Creative Writing.

AHRC South, West and Wales Doctor Training Partnership

Bath Spa University is also part of the AHRC-funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), and Film, Television and Media is one of the subject areas. The partnership gives the Arts and Humanities researcher access to the experience, funding and skills that are essential for success in this new collaborative research world.

SWW DTP Application Guidelines 2017-18

Applications for the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership for 2018/19 entry open on the 27th November 2017.

The SWW DTP will be awarding up to 60 doctoral studentships in the Arts and Humanities for entry in September 2018. The application deadline is 11.59pm GMT on Thursday 11th January 2018. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit, with no fixed quota assigned to any one institution or subject area within the DTP.

More information

Interested in appyling?

We are very happy to discuss your research proposal and potential routes for funding. Please direct initial enquiries to Dr Matthew Freeman (m.freeman@bathspa.ac.uk).

Our PhD Community

The Media Convergence Research Centre currently houses a number of postgraduate students working on a wide range of interdisciplinary PhDs:

  • Vasileios Chatzimakris

‘Indeterminate Mix: Exploring Ways of Incorporating Indeterminacy in the Context of Mixed Media Performances’

  • Conor Ogilvie Davidson

‘A Study into Innovation Resistance toward Autonomous Cars in the UK’

  • Louis Ledesve d'Heudiere

‘Spontaneously Realising the Unspontaneous: Developing a Compositional Strategy that Exploits Reduced Exposure between Performers and Scores’

  • Ralf Dorrell

‘Beyond Chord Symbols: An Exploration of Alternative Ways of Integrating the Improvising Soloist into Notated Big Band Jazz Compositions’

  • Ngozi Ejims

‘Evaluating the Impact of Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding in Nigeria's Film Industry’

  • Leah Holmes

‘Reflections of History, Culture and Society in Japanese Animation’

  • Mark Langley

‘Unravelling Cleopatra: Sensationalism and the Collapse of a Studio’

  • Oogoo Maia

‘Embodiment and Vigilance in the Notation, Rehearsal and Performance of Improvised and Indeterminate Music’

  • Amy Mallett

‘Models of compositional approach for contemporary musical theatre: A practice-led study of the artistic and pragmatic constraints faced by the composer-collaborator, and how these shape process and product’

  • James Manning

‘Super Mario (Un)Making: Mapping the Ephemerality of Videogames’

  • Michael Pennington

‘Videogames as a Primary Source: Collective Memory and Representations of Britain and War’

  • Jon Pigott

‘Materials, Systems and Autonomy in Electromechanical Sound Art’

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