Postgraduate Research

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The School of Arts & Media has full-time, part-time and overseas students studying for PhDs in a wide variety of subjects. These include Design Management, Digital Culture, Film Practice, Film and TV Studies, Fine Arts, Heritage, Jazz Studies, Media Arts, Music Technologies, Public Engagement, Social Media, English Literature & Creative Writing, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics/TESOL, Politics & Contemporary History and International Relations. The approaches range from theory-driven enquiry, through case studies, archival research and other techniques, to practice-based research.

Research students are supported by a supervisory team, made up of a main supervisor and co-supervisor, and assisted by a personal tutor. Seminar and training programmes offered by the School and wider University enable students to develop a disciplinary understanding alongside more transferable research skills. They also have access to extensive digital, media, information and workshop facilities. We encourage prospective students to contact us so that we can put them in touch with specialist staff with whom they can explore their research ideas and the opportunities we offer. Please go to the Research tab for further information.

How to Apply

If you are a potential student looking for research opportunities, you will find a friendly welcome from colleagues and students whose work is focused on new and innovative areas of research. To apply for your postgraduate research place, you will need to complete the online application form. You will need to have at hand your supporting documents ready to upload when you start the online application, including a Research Proposal.

Studentships Opportunities

Students applying for research degrees at Salford also have the opportunity to apply for a Graduate Teaching Studentship (GTS)/Pathway to Excellence Studentship. The Studentship covers full tuition fees and a scholarship for three years, based on successful PhD progression and are available to Home/EU students. The Graduate Teaching Studentship scheme in particular offers a valuable opportunity to study for a PhD while teaching in subjects broadly related to your PhD research.

Modes of research

PhD research within the School of Arts & Media is conducted as conventional theoretically led research, practice as research and PhD by publication. Many of our postgraduate researchers incorporate ‘Practice as Research’ methodologies into their work. In addition, Salford is active in its support for a very substantial percentage of practical element or elements in final PhD submissions. Regardless of the mode of research the appropriate theoretical and practical expertise tailored to the specific project is made available in the supervision teams.

Online (distance learning) PhD

The Doctorate in the School of Arts and Media is a traditional PhD but delivered online via distance supervision and learning. You will gain a traditional PhD through online and distance learning, while having access to internationally renowned research staff.

The programme is suitable if you work in academia or industry, or simply cannot commit to day-to-day physical attendance at the university. The programme is delivered online, and is backed up by tutor support. You’ll engage in a highly interactive online environment backed up by PhD supervision, with a supervisory team of a main supervisor and co-supervisor. There will also be access to a personal tutor who will be able to provide pastoral care.

The Online Doctoral Programme is delivered over 3 years full-time (5 years part-time) and you will be expected to submit a thesis (not exceeding 100,000 words) at the end of the programme.

Arts & Media Postgraduate Research Student Handbook

As a postgraduate research student you are a key component of our research successes and we aim to provide an excellent support and working environment for you to flourish. The Arts & Media Postgraduate Research Student Handbook provides students and their supervisors with all the up to date information and help required to undertake a research degree at Salford and to get the most out of the postgraduate research student experience. 

Career Prospects

Students leaving the School with a postgraduate research degree are well placed to lead and manage research and development activities in a number of creative and media industries. Globally, a postgraduate research qualification is usually a prerequisite for an academic career and several of our alumni are now senior academics.

For more information about Postgraduate Research in the School, please contact:

Dr Ursula Hurley
Postgraduate Research Coordinator
T: +44 (0)161 295 2851

School of Arts and Media
The University of Salford
M50 2HE