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Call for expressions of interest

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship Competition for 2019-20 Entry

Call for Expressions of Interest and Applications in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Salford

We invite expressions of interest and applications, in the Media and Cultural Studies Pathway, for full and part-time PhD studentships as part of the AHRC’s North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership studentship competition.

The studentship covers all PhD fees, provides an annual stipend for the duration of your study (currently set at £14,777 and subject to review), and access to additional funding for field research and further training.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: Wednesday 12 December 2018.

The University of Salford is a member of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), which includes non-HE institutions such as the BBC, Home/Cornerhouse, Tate Liverpool, Opera North, FutureEverything, and FACT (Liverpool). In 2018, as part of Phase 2 of the DTP,  the Partnership was awarded over £6 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 research, both theoretical and practice-based. The Cultural, Communication and Media research group at Salford undertakes research in the conceptual, applied and practice-based aspects of cultural, film and media studies and traditional and new digital media. CCM research has been established formally at the University of Salford since 2005. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, a quarter of CCM research was judged to be world leading, with almost two thirds judged as internationally excellent or world leading.

Our media and cultural studies research environment is based at the heart of MediaCityUK, allowing for unique access to  - 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. We particularly welcome applications that seek to engage with our non-HEI partners in research / industry / showcase / training capacities.  

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; Internet regulation and governance; Television studies; Media politics; Transnational media; Urban cultures; Creative industries; Celebrity studies; Popular culture; Popular music and media; Cultural theory. 

How to Apply:

Prospective applicants who are interested in applying ­ and eligible for funding ­ should submit a draft PhD proposal by Wed 12 December 2018.  Please send this directly to:

Dr Leslie McMurtry (


Dr Carole O’Reilly (

As well as to:

We would expect you to have a very good 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 Monday 14 January, 2019,

and ultimately an application to the Northwest Consortium before 5PM, on Friday 8 February 2019 .

For further information including an application form and guidance notes, please see the NWC DTP site:

If you have further queries about the research specialisms in media and cultural studies in the School of Arts and Media, and the potential for working with our non-HE partners, please contact  Professor Seamus Simpson (

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