Research is a rich, central and essential part of the School of Communication. Our MPhil and PhD degrees are grounded firmly in research theory and methods, while maintaining and encouraging a high degree of creativity and experimentation.
We welcome research projects that explore topical issues through both practice and theory. We look for critical engagement, originality and proven skills in both practice and writing, and encourage questioning and experimental research approaches.
The School is focused on broad themes which place communication at the centre of transformational systems and practices, collective commons and experiential modes. The ethos of the School is to foster social, cooperative, pluralistic and inclusive research approaches.
The School of Communication is in White City, London’s newest research and creative quarter. Our mixed-discipline studios and shared workspaces encourage cross-disciplinary thought, awareness and action. In addition, you have access to craft and technical workshop areas and excellent technical support in the College. These include well-equipped computer studios for print and digital moving-image production, sound editing, a letterpress and book-binding workshop.
PhD study leads to a range of opportunities. You might become a researcher in industry or government or an academic in an international institution It is an opportunity for you to investigate a research question or issue in depth, enabling you to take a more reflective, more innovative role in design.
PhD: 3-4 years (full time), 6-7 years (part time)
MPhil: 2-3 years (full time), 4-6 years (part time)