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Journalism Research and PhD Programmes

The Journalism group members are at the forefront of research into subjects as diverse as: journalism and the implications for it of emergent digital and social technologies; migration and refugees; social justice and political communication; environmental and health communication. We also have specialist expertise on media and journalism in China and Hong Kong.  Our staff comprise some of the biggest names in the business, who will enable you to be an effective journalist in any international setting.

Research opportunities for students 

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. Browse PhD opportunities below and find out about the funding available for students. 

Research in Journalism

Find people, projects, groups and publications in Journalism and read more about related research to this area below. 

The work we conduct has a direct impact on our teaching and learning so our students are some of the first to benefit from our research efforts. However it also influences regional, national and international society. Our research work is well respected within industry and this has led to researchers being funded or working on funded projects for bodies as diverse as the BFI, PwC, BBC World Service Trust and the British Academy. Our academics are at the forefront of research into subjects as diverse as:

  • Chinese media, journalism and society
  • Data journalism
  • Digital cultures
  • Environmental, health and science journalism
  • Food communication and social conflict
  • Immersive media/Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Media and the creative industries
  • Sanctuary, refugees and asylum
  • Political communication
  • Political economy of journalism
  • Poverty, hunger and social justice
  • Refugees and migration
  • Social media, politics and society (social media analysis)


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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