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Most of our staff are active researchers and the university is committed to expanding this in new ways and attracting PhD students keen to do their study into the theory and practice of journalism. Staff and students are exploring research areas related to a number of key themes and welcome applications from prospective PhD students. These include:

  • Media freedom and censorship
  • The cultural history of journalism and revolution
  • Digital journalism and data journalism
  • Literary journalism
  • Politics and journalism
  • Environmental journalism
  • Journalism, social justice and migration
  • Media industries
  • Media and the cultural politics of risk

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

These centres 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