Thriving PhD community, contributing to an academically stimulating environment Thriving PhD community, contributing to an academically stimulating environment

We have a thriving and active Postgraduate community with over 40 students currently working towards their PhD. If you have a research proposal that you would like to discuss, or any questions about the Postgraduate research that goes on here, please contact our Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Becky Fraser.

All applications for our Postgraduate Degrees are handled by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School.

82% of research in Film, Television and Media Studies was rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality. Additionally, our research output was rated 4th in the UK in the Times Higher Education REF2014 rankings.

Staff research interests

If you do your PhD with us, you'll be supervised by one or more members of our internationally renowned research staff. We are active in wide and varied fields of research, from film and television history to gender and post-feminism, national cinema studies (particularly Britain and Japan), and audience and reception studies. Our research output was described as producing work of ‘international excellence', that is ‘world leading' in the most recent UK government Research Assessment Exercise.

Student research

Our current students are producing equally compelling research: recent and current research topics include fantasy in British cinema, online fan communities, gay celebrity in British reality TV, marketing horror films, ‘dark' comedy, masculinity and the contemporary Hollywood rom-com, the Chinese reception of Avatar, audiences and film trailers, and the representation of ‘tween' culture in contemporary film and TV.

Study days and research skills training

As a Postgraduate student, you'll also be part of our regular research programme: you'll see guest lectures on the latest research in the field; you might be involved in organising one of our regular study days or symposia. (Recent events have covered youth media, new approaches to British cinema and television, promoting/marketing cinema and television, celebrity culture.) You'll take part in our weekly postgraduate training seminars, and you'll have the chance to hone your research skills through sessions organised through the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School.

PhD by Professional Practice (Creative / Critical)

In the late 1980s UEA pioneered in the UK a new type of creativity PhD, which can blend academic study into a creative discipline or theme, with the actual creation of a work of art or literature. This is now available here at UEA, in the form of a PhD by Professional Practice. This will provide postgraduate students or those with substantial existing creative experience with the opportunity to study and research at doctorate level film and TV theory and practice within a critical-creative research framework, at one of the first British universities to develop the study of film and television. More information here.

For information regarding studentships and scholarships, see our Funding for Postgraduate Research Degrees page.

PhD Programme 2016

The School of Art, Media and American Studies (AMA) at the University of East Anglia is inviting applications to our PhD programme. The School holds a wealth of expertise in Art History and World Art Studies; Film, Television, and Media; and American Studies. You may wish to consult our list of staff and their research interests for guidance on possible supervisory expertise.
There are a large number of funding opportunities available for AMA PhD applicants.
The University of East Anglia is part of the AHRC consortium CHASE (Consortium for the Arts and Humanities in South East England) which offers around 75 fully funded (tuition and maintenance grant) studentships per year to PhD students across the consortium.
Additionally, there are fully funded Scholarships (equivalent to AHRC rates for both tuition and maintenance) offered by the University, the Faculty and the School (for the school studentships, see below).
With the exception of the School studentships funding is open to any area of research, although our particular strengths are in the following areas:
  • Feminist Media Studies 
  • Media Consumption 
  • British Film 
  • Genre Studies
It is important that prospective applicants contact the School as a matter of urgency to start the application process, preferably no later than the end of November to ensure that you work with potential supervisors on developing your proposal prior to application.
The deadline for applications (including all supporting information such as references) is Wednesday 13th January 2016.
If you are interested in applying for a PhD in Media Studies at UEA, please contact the School’s Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr Rebecca Fraser email, or contact a prospective supervisor directly but copying Dr Fraser into the email.

Alternatively, for admissions enquiries and general information contact the PGR Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)1603 591709;