The School of Arts & Media has a world-leading reputation for its research and innovation activity. At MediaCityUK, we are now engaging in cross-disciplinary research and further developing our profile of working with those engaged in shaping the creative and media economy.

The School actively engages with television and radio broadcasters, journalists, public arts, creative media, design innovation and music ensembles, as well as community partners. You will also likely discover our work at festivals, art exhibitions, gaming expos, screenings, hospitals, tourist attractions, shopping malls, brass band competitions and in online virtual worlds. And of course you will see us contributing to arts and media debates by contributing our commentary related to our areas of expertise, in public arts, broadcast, print and online media.

Our academic staff conduct research which informs our teaching and adds depth and quality to our students’ experience. See our individual staff research supervision areas.

Our innovative and varied research portfolio is driven by six distinct research groups:

We actively work with staff from across the University and play a leading role in the key theme of Media, Creative Economy and Digital Technology. Our cross-school, collaborative approach allows us to tackle research problems in conjunction with external partners. With significant international partnerships and EU research funding, we are also working globally.

With well over 100 postgraduate students from the UK, Europe, African countries, Iran, Malaysia, China, Saudi Arabia and the United States, our PhD students are exceptionally diverse and informative, and are integral to the daily life of the school.

If you would like to know more about research in the School of Arts & Media please contact Professor Karl Dayson (, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, or one of our Research Centre Heads via their Centre websites.