What will I learn?

Course summary

  • Undertake doctoral research into an approved media and communication topic.
  • Join the vibrant research community in the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI).
  • Benefit from excellent supervision, resources, training, industry links, partners and research culture.

This PhD course allows you to undertake research into a specific media and communication context. You'll join a dynamic research community - 81% of research in Art & Design and 65% of research in Media, Cultural, Communication Studies & Library and Information Management was deemed of world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework. In 2018, our institute received sector-leading student satisfaction (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2016, 2018).

How you learn

Your supervisory team will include a Director of Studies and one or more second supervisors with expertise and interest in your research area. However, much of the work for your degree will be carried out independently, and you will need the initiative, motivation and commitment to succeed. Your supervisors will help define your research programme, agree any associated training requirements, and provide direction.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • research and academia
  • leadership and practitioner roles in the creative industries
  • the heritage sector
  • publishing
  • higher education.

Which department am I in?

Sheffield Hallam University

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
£14,895.00 (US$ 20,188) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2022, May 2022, September 2022, February 2023, May 2023


City Campus

Howard Street,


S1 1WB, England

Entry requirements

For international students

All applicants should hold a strong undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) and/or a relevant masters qualification (or expectation of the same). All applicants must submit a completed postgraduate application form including a 1500 word research proposal. Where English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability to the following (or equivalent) minimum level of proficiency: an IELTS score of 7.0, with 7.0 in all components (or equivalent). Please note that your test score must be current, i.e. within the last two years.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Sheffield Hallam University

At Sheffield Hallam, be taught by people who are experts in their subject and passionate about sharing their knowledge and industry experience.

  • Based in Sheffield - a true student city
  • Work placements for students through a vast network
  • A low cost of living
  • Modern, upgraded facilities across two campuses

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