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Journalism PhD courses

Our dynamic research culture provides you with the opportunity to investigate a variety topics in depth, and contribute new knowledge within the field of journalism and media.

You’ll work alongside academics who are active practitioners in industry and are highly involved in innovative research. Their expertise across a range of specialisms means wherever your research interests lie in the realm of journalism, you can be sure that you’ll be supported along your research journey. 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)

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.

We also offer PhD courses in Journalism.  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 a number funded and non-funded research degree opportunities available.

Develop your expertise with a Brunel PhD

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