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Film, screen and popular culture PhD

University of Brighton

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Brighton

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The University of Brighton has a research culture in film and screen studies that has fostered national archives and given critical insight across practice, theory and history. It supports PhD research projects across many aspects of film, screen and popular culture.

Our approach incorporates text (in the widest sense), technology, industry and audience. Academic specialisms incorporate the study of early cinema, British television history, convergence culture, screen culture, digital media, political activism and identity politics.

Recent, successful Film, screen and popular culture PhD projects have covered a range of areas, including the relationships between food and heritage culture, structures in Hollywood scriptwriting, convergence across transnational children’s franchises, urban architecture and science-fiction cinema, documentary filmmaking and autobiography, and LGBTQ online cultures.

Based in the university's School of Media, multidisciplinary researchers interrogate contemporary developments in media cultures, drawing on critical approaches to literature, theatre, popular spectacle, photography, sociology and the public sphere.

Our PhD students have gone on to a variety of different roles following the successful completion of their research. These include academic posts as lecturers and postdoctoral research assistants at Brighton and elsewhere. Others have returned into media from taking their PhD mid-career - studying in either part and full-time modes - or have begun careers in the creative industries, for example in script consultancy for major film producers or in advertising.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,326per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Brighton

  • University League Table

    112th

  • Campus address

    University of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, BN2 4AT, England

Employability is embedded into every course, helping students to develop transferable and personal skills.
The university is set between the sea and the South Downs National Park and has easy access to London.
International students are guaranteed a place in halls of residence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    68th out of 102 1

    85th out of 102 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    118 62%

    77th

    11
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    51 51%

    69th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.75 75%

    91st

    7
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    105 53%

    81st

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    42 42%

    84th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.87 77%

    81st

    3

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