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PhD/MPhil Culture and Creative Industries

City, University of London

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    City, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary


As a researcher for the Cultural and the Creative Industries PhD/MPhil programme, you will join a diverse, highly specialised international research community. Encompassing sociology, geography, economic development, cultural studies and policy development

Areas of expertise include:

Challenges to Identity, Place, and Practices
Heritage and the urban organization of culture
In/equalities and labour conditions in the cultural industries
Mediated identity, consumption and intimacy
Lack of diversity in the creative economy, and its representations
Creative Economy policy for cities, and (world) regions

We have close links with national and international agencies including the UN. This will give you a unique insight into how our research translates into solid outcomes.

You may also have the opportunity to be involved with projects being carried out by scholars working with these organisations.

The Programme

The PhD at City is designed to assist you with your research project and give you transferable skills for the years after you finish. The PhD programme is structured as follows:

Year 1 - Student’s work with their supervisors to develop the literature review in their specific area. They will outline their methodology and plan for the thesis. They participate in peer seminars and research events in the department.

Year 2 - In order to progress from MPhil to PhD students present an upgrade paper. They will outline their review of the literature, their methodology and gives an indication of the overall shape of the thesis.

Year 3 - The formal requirements in third year are focused around the writing up and submission of the thesis.

Year 4 - The fourth year of a PhD is only used as a writing up year.

Candidates are required to demonstrate the following:

understanding of previous research literature and current academic and professional thinking
the ability to undertake sustained, high level research and master the theoretical (and where appropriate, practical) aspects of the subject areas relevant to the research field
the ability to communicate the subject matter of the research field, and the conclusions of the particular research project, in the accepted academic form of a research thesis.

Application deadline

20 August 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 12,480per year

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

University information

City, University of London

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  • Campus address

    City, University of London, Northampton Square, City of London, EC1V 0HB, England

City is one of the most international UK universities. Students are from over 160 countries, creating a diverse, cosmopolitan university community.
City's supportive alumni network stretches across the globe. They help those thinking of moving to London and organise in-country events after graduation.
City's international student advice team give guidance on the application process, answers questions on visa and immigration issues and check visa documents.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    36th out of 97 26

    63rd out of 105 16

  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    133 66%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.52 70%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    131 68%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    40.0 40%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%



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