PhD Scholarship Opportunities in Media and Communication

University of Leeds – School of Media and Communication

The School of Media and Communication is delighted to invite applications for a number of PhD scholarships in any of the School’s areas of research expertise to start in September/October 2016.

The School is one of the top departments in the country for the study of communication, media and culture, with research expertise and a world-leading reputation in:

  • Cultural production and media policy;
  • International communication;
  • Journalism studies;
  • Political communication;
  • Visual and digital cultures.

The most recent Research Excellence Framework review (REF 2014) placed the School of Media and Communication in the top ten of all UK departments in our subject area, and ranked us third when taking into account the size of submissions (a measure called ‘research power’). Of the research submitted by the School to the REF 2014, 82% was judged by experts to be either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ and 100% was judged to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in terms of impact.

We are currently home to over 50 research students and our students appreciate the quality of the experience provided by the School. The School was ranked above average in the 2015 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey with our students’ reporting their overall satisfaction with the research degree programme at 87%. Students also expressed a very high level of satisfaction (100%) with the feedback, contact and subject knowledge provided by our supervisors.

Funding and eligibility

The scholarships are open to graduates with backgrounds in relevant disciplines and who are articulate, well qualified, highly motivated and have a research project which fits with the research expertise of the School. The minimum entry qualification is a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent, and a Master’s degree is preferable. Some scholarships are available only to Home (UK) or European Union students and some are available to both Home (UK)/EU and ‘international’ (non-UK/EU) students.

All scholarships will cover the cost of academic fees at the University’s standard UK/EU rate, and some will also cover the cost of academic fees at the University’s international rate. All scholarships run for three years and provide an annual maintenance at the UK Research Council rate (£14,057 per year in 15/16). The total value of a Scholarship in Session 2015/16 was £18,157 (the total value for those funding international fees was £29,557).

Details of the application process can be found here:

Deadlines for most of the scholarships fall on 2nd February 2016 with two additional scholarship deadlines falling on 2nd June. Applicants are strongly advised to make informal enquiries to the School or an individual supervisor as soon as possible, and to have a proposal ready by 10th January 2016, for February deadlines.

For more information and details of the School’s research expertise see contact the School’s Postgraduate Administrator