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The Communications and Media Studies group is a dynamic and internationally respected community of researchers. Members are at the forefront of study into subjects as diverse as: globalisation, gender and sexuality, multiculturalism, the urban environment and cities, new media, popular culture, sports studies, and comedy/humour studies.

Our research tackles core theoretical questions and engages with both the international research community and relevant groups across industry, government and the public. In Communications and Media Studies we bring together theoretical and practical concerns, and develop fresh approaches to new and classic interdisciplinary themes and problems.

Students joining us are welcomed into a thriving research culture that debates and makes real contributions to key issues confronting people in modern societies. 

College Research Centres

The College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences hosts two research centres:

College Research Groups

Communications and Media Studies is the home of the internationally recognised Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR), which sits within the Global Lives research centre.

These centres and groups promote international, interdisciplinary and high impact research by acting as key points of contact between academics, practitioners and the wider community.

Related PhD courses

You are very welcome to undertake your PhD or MPhil in one of our research areas and work alongside our researchers. As a research student you'll benefit from the latest work by internationally-renowned academics and the support of our Graduate School. Many of our research initiatives involve successful collaborations with industry, the public sector, business and government, both in the UK and overseas. We have many funded and non-funded research degree opportunities available. For more information, visit our Research Degrees homepage

Fully-funded studentships

Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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