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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

From law, computer animation and media production to advertising and journalism, our Faculty of Media & Communication offers many opportunities for doctoral of philosophy research across a wide range of specialisms. We performed particularly well in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, with our research into communication, cultural and media studies rated as first in the south-west based on impact.

Within the field of computer animation, research carried out at BU into improving motion blur in filming has had a significant impact in the world of feature films, with Pixar among the organisations to adopt the new method put forward by our researchers.

As well as conducting research within the faculty, we also work closely with colleagues from other specialisms through our research institutes and centres, helping to deliver impactful and relevant research projects.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, January 2018, April 2018

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot & Lansdowne Campus

Entry requirements:

An Honours degree at 2:1 or higher and/or a relevant Master's degree. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our international entry requirements

Course details

To be awarded a PhD, you will need to complete a complex and advanced project. You will be expected to critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic, which results in an original and independent contribution to knowledge, as well as to demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to your chosen field.

You will have to present and defend your thesis and/or practical element by viva voce (oral examination), to the satisfaction of the examiners.

Areas of study

Key subject areas you can focus on during your PhD include:

  • Advertising, marketing and PR
  • Animation
  • Journalism
  • Literature, film, communication and culture
  • Media production
  • Intellectual property law
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Competition law
  • Corporate law and governance
  • Public international law
  • International trade law
  • Law of armed conflicts

Supervision

Your supervisory team will:

  • Provide appropriate support and guidance regarding BU’s research degree regulations, policies and procedures
  • Give support when you are planning your research project, progressing through key milestones to successfully completing in the expected timeframe
  • Maintain regular contact with you and provide constructive feedback on written work and during meetings to support your progress
  • Advise you on professional and personal skill development available training opportunities
  • Give guidance about attending and presenting your work at internal and external seminars and conferences
  • Advise on publication of your work in journals and other appropriate media.

Academic Support

When undertaking a research degree at BU, you will develop research skills in your specific project area and discipline, and you will also have an opportunity to develop wider, transferable skills which will assist in your future employment, whether within or outside academia.

The Researcher Development Framework, developed by the Graduate School in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK), will enable you to enhance your abilities in areas which are not necessarily discipline-specific.

An added benefit is the opportunity to meet researchers from other academic schools at BU through the activities of our Graduate School and benefit from their experiences, skills, and perspectives.

Full entry requirements

We would normally expect you to have an Honours degree at Upper Second Class (2:1) and/or an appropriate Master's degree.

Some supervisors may ask you for additional entry requirements such as relevant work experience, evidence of written work, or previous study of a particular subject.

Entry requirements may vary so it is important to discuss your application in principle before submitting a formal application.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally: 

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

How to apply

You can apply for a PhD with the Faculty of Media & Communication by clicking on the 'apply now' button and completing the application form. You will need to create an account and complete the application form in full. You can save the form as you go, enabling you to return to it at as many times as you want before submitting. The form is split into tabbed sections. As you complete each of the tabbed sections they will turn green - only click submit once all of your tabs are highlighted green.

We will take the following factors into account when considering your application:

  • Academic qualifications
  • The nature and viability of your proposed research
  • The university's capacity to provide you with appropriate supervision throughout your research
  • English language proficiency
  • Evidence of access to appropriate resources to support your living costs and pay registration fees over the period of your research.

As part of your application, you will need to specify how you plan to fund your studies and provide a personal statement. Please be aware that CVs and academic profiles will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a completed application form.

You do not need to write a thesis as part of your application. 

You can find further guidance about applying for a postgraduate research degree in our Postgraduate Research section.

Every year, we offer a number of fully-funded doctoral opportunities across our faculties - you can see what funding is available in your area of interest here.

Careers

A research degree can open new career opportunities in commercial research and development, consultancy, or could lead you to starting your own business. You may alternatively consider a career in academia.You may wish to undertake research to contribute to your knowledge of a specialist subject, or develop your employability by enhancing your skills in project management and analysis.

Additional information

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Fees and funding

Find out about the fees and different funding options for postgraduate research degrees.

About the Doctoral College

About the Doctoral College

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International students

We have a strong international student community. Find all the practical advice and information you need here.