Film and Television Studies PhD

The Department of Culture, Film and Media undertakes innovative research at the forefront of developments in the study of film, television and screen media, and is one of the largest the units in the United Kingdom offering postgraduate degrees in film and television studies.
Research students at Nottingham enjoy teaching and supervision from leaders in the field, with specialist expertise in US film and television, Hollywood studies, East Asian and global cinema, new media, industrial and audience analysis, and film and television history.

The department spearheads The University of Nottingham’s lead higher education partnership with the British Film Institute and collaborates with local media institutions such as the Broadway Cinema (the regional film theatre) and EM Media (the regional screen development agency). It also has strong links with Hollywood studios such as Fox Searchlight and Lionsgate, and UK media companies like Red Bee Media, where unique internship opportunities are available to students on the MA in Film, Television and Screen Industries. Building on its close industry connections, the department is home to the Institute for Screen Industries Research

The department welcomes applicants interested in a range of topics across the research programme and all members of academic staff are active researchers willing to supervise students in their areas of expertise. Many of our research students publish high-quality books and articles and have secured teaching positions in universities both in the UK and abroad. Current and recent students in the department have worked on a variety of topics including video games and cult film, US and UK television audiences, romantic comedy, media memory of World War II, and the representation of matrimony in Indian film and television.

The Department of Culture, Film and Media welcomes applications from students who wish to pursue MRes or PhD degrees in the areas of film and television studies, cultural studies, media studies and critical theory. These research programmes form a central and thriving part of the department’s activities, with over 40 students currently enrolled, either full-time or part-time. Research students come to Nottingham from the UK and overseas, including the EU, the Middle and Far East, Latin America and the United States. With their diversity of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, they constitute a rich, rewarding and supportive postgraduate community.

All research students are involved in the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme, which includes weekly work-in-progress seminars. The school's energetic research culture also involves a programme of visiting speakers and regular symposia organised by staff and students (these have included recent events on cultural borrowings, television and memory, digital archives, transmedia storytelling and sound in the media).

The department offers research students:

  • advanced research training
  • expert supervision (each student is allocated two supervisors)
  • frequent reviews and feedback on progress
  • weekly 'work-in-progress' seminars
  • well-equipped work bases, with excellent library and IT facilities
  • support for research trips and conference attendance, inter-library loan
  • full participation in the department’s academic life, including opportunities to become a teaching assistant
PhD, MPhil Award
Anytime Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

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