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Arts and Media PGR Studentships 2020-21

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The School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford solicits expressions of interest in the Pathway to Excellence PGR studentships for commencement in September 2020. The award constitutes a fee waiver, plus an annual stipend of £15,009 per annum.


Research in the School of Arts and Media
Research within the School of Arts & Media focuses on real-world issues underpinned by an interdisciplinary ethos, with key intellectual synergies between researchers developed within its Research Groups. The School has a vibrant PGR community with over 70 students currently working towards their PhDs and also hosts a wide range of research conferences, seminar series and other research events for PGR students to be involved in. Previous PTE students have submitted articles for publication, contributed chapters to edited books and organised academic conferences leading to academic publications. The School is a dynamic and responsive research environment. The work of its members is characterised by a cross-disciplinary curiosity and energy.

Research topics/themes:
This year we welcome applications in or related to the following areas:

Art and Design
• Design Against Crime / Design for Security
• Design for Health & Wellbeing
• Design Management
• Fine Arts
• Socially Responsible Design

Culture, Communications and Media
• Digital Culture
• Film Practice
• Film and TV Studies
• Heritage
• Journalism
• Media Arts
• Media Studies
• Public Engagement
• Social Media
• Internet Governance and Media Policy

English Literature, Language and Creative Writing
• Creative Writing
• Drama and translation
• English Language
• English Literature
• Linguistics
• TESOL/Applied Linguistics

• Music Composition
• Music Performance
• Music Technologies
• Popular Musicology

Performance and Dance
• Comedy Studies
• Dance and Performance Practice
• Performance and Theatre Studies

Politics and Contemporary History
• Contemporary History and International Relations
• Politics

Only UK/EU candidates are eligible to apply. Candidates should have a first or upper second class honours degree and Masters degree completed or in process.



PGR Coordinator:
Dr Leslie McMurtry - [email protected]  

Arts and Media Research Support email:
[email protected]

Research Group Leads
Art and Design:
Andrew Wootton - [email protected]

Culture, Communication and Media:
Professor Seamus Simpson - [email protected]

English and Creative Writing:
Dr Scott Thurston - [email protected]

Performance and Dance:
Dr Sheila McCormick - [email protected]

Dr Alan Williams - [email protected]

Politics and Contemporary History:
Professor Alaric Searle - [email protected]


  • Please forward expressions of interest for the studentships to both the PGR Coordinator and the SAM Research Support email address above, copying in the relevant research group lead, by Friday 21st February
  • Discuss your application with your research group lead
  • Submit a formal application through the online application portal by Friday 27th March. Please note that this must include a research proposal and an indication of the supervisory team that has been agreed in conversation with the research group lead
  • Shortlisting will take place between 20th and 24th April, with interviews between 4th and 8th May
  • The School meeting to determine the studentships will take place the week beginning 11th May and successful candidates will be notified by 18th May.


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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