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The Journalism group is a dynamic, international and globally respected community of researchers. 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. 

Join an expert interdisciplinary community that publishes innovative and world-leading research addressing contemporary concerns and emerging social and cultural challenges.

  • Be part of a thriving research culture where researchers have been funded and worked on funded projects for bodies as diverse as the BFI, PwC, BBC World Service Trust and the British Academy.
  • Benefit from our excellent multi-Supervisory teams to support your postgraduate study.
  • Enjoy being part of a collegial and active research environment.

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. 

While we welcome a wide range of topics in the areas of journalism, political communication and media here is an example list of potential research topics that we would like to supervise:

  • 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)

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

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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