Thursday 13 November 2014

AHRC / NWC Scholarships in Media and Communications areas at Salford

We invite applications for PhD scholarships (full and part-time) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, in the Media and Communications Pathway.

The Scholarship covers all PhD fees, provides an annual stipend for the duration of your study, and funding for field research and further training.

Deadline for Expression of Interest: Wednesday 3rd December 2014

The University of Salford is a member of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWC DTP), which includes non-HE institutions such as the BBC, Home/Cornerhouse, Tate Liverpool, Opera North, FutureEverything, and FACT (Liverpool). In 2014, the Partnership was awarded £14 million of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development.

The School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford has an international reputation for cutting edge research, both theoretical and practice-based, and is especially strong in the area of Media and Communications, as demonstrated by its performance in the 2008 RAE in the Communication, Cultural and Media studies area of assessment (ranked 13th nationally, according to the power ranking).

Our media research environment is based at the heart of MediaCityUK, allowing for a unique access and engagement with media institutions like the BBC and ITV, reinforced by a rich programme of research events with both an industry and academic focus. NWC PhD students will be invited to work with our non-HE partners, so as to engage in research, placements and internships.

Media research within the School of Arts and Media is diverse, interdisciplinary and collaborative and has seen numerous internationally recognised outputs from academics as well as successful PhD completions and publication outputs.

Areas of expertise of our academic staff include: Film practice; Film history and theory; Media Policy; Journalism studies; Celebrity studies; Media theory; Digital culture; Social media; radical and alternative media; cyber terrorism; Internet regulation and governance; Television studies; Media politics; Transnational media; Urban cultures; Creative industries; noise; Celebrity Studies; popular music and media.

Notable Salford media academics include: Prof Erik Knudsen, Prof Seamus Simpson, Professor Garry Crawford, Dr Michael Goddard, Dr Andy Willis, Dr Benjamin Halligan, Dr Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, Dr Lloyd Peters, , Dr Sharon Coen, Dr Cristina Archetti and Dr Steve Ward.

See our CCM staff pages for further details: 

as well as our current PhD students page:

How to Apply:

Prospective applicants who are interested in applying ­and eligible for funding ­will need to submit a draft PhD proposal by Wednesday the 3 December, 2014. Please send this directly to the NWC media pathway leader Dr Michael Goddard: and to

We would expect you to have a first degree, and a completed or current MA, or equivalent professional experience.

Following that it will be necessary to complete a formal application for PhD study at the University of Salford by the 23rd of January, which is available here: and ultimately an application to the Northwest Consortium before 5PM, on the 13th of February.

For further information, please see our AHRC funding page:

and further information is available, including eligibility criteria and scholarship stipend rates, at NWC DTP site:

If you have further queries about the research specialisms in media in the School of Arts and Media, and the potentials for working with our non-HE partners, please contact the media pathway leader Dr Michael Goddard:

If you have any question regarding the formal application procedure please contact

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