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PhD Communication, Cultural and Media Studies

Ulster University

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Ulster University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Ulster University pioneered the development of Communication and Media Studies in higher education, introducing one of the first communication and media studies degrees in the UK and Ireland in 1978. For over forty years Ulster scholars of Media and Communication have been at the forefront of pioneering research-led learning in the field and have played a significant and direct role in establishing the first RAE panel in the subject in the mid 1990s, as well as in subsequent research exercises in the 2000s. In 2003, our researchers were awarded a £3.1 million grant from SPUR (Support Programme for University Research) to set up the Centre For Media Research (CMR) and, since 2016, all research across media and communication at Ulster is conducted through the CMR, located within the School of Communication and Media. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), we ranked as the tenth best research department in the UK. In the 2014 REF, the research profile for Media Studies shows that 60% of all work has been judged as being of ‘international excellence’; within this proportion, 21% is judged as having the highest accolade: ‘world leading’.

PhD graduates are recognised by employers to hold valuable transferrable skills, as the nature of the degree trains candidates in creativity, critical inquiry, problem solving, negotiation skills, professionalism and confidence. The most recent Ulster survey of PhD graduates found that 92% had secured employment within the first year since graduation (HESA Destination of Leavers Survey 2015), and while two thirds end up in the Higher Education or Research sectors, the range of skills acquired equips the remainder for employment in a wide range of contexts.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,500per year

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University information

Ulster University

  • University League Table

    44th

  • Campus address

    Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland

Renowned for its warm welcome, Ulster recruits international students from over 100 countries across the globe and has over 200,000 alumni worldwide.
Ulster delivers a world-class UK university experience with the added benefit of being one of the UK's most affordable locations.
An international student experience team delivers a bespoke orientation programme and offers pastoral support to international students during their studies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    37th out of 97 23

    70th out of 105 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    124 62%

    34th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    55.0 55%

    61st

    23
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 83%

    15th

    26
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    118 61%

    42nd

    17
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    30.0 30%

    91st

    4
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.87 77%

    71st

    6

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