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Arts and Media PGR Studentships 2021/22

School of Arts and Media

About the Programme

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 2021.

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

o Design Against Crime / Design for Security

o Design for Health & Wellbeing

o Digital Curation

o Digital Heritage

o Fine Arts

o 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

o Political Parties and Political Systems in Europe

o International Relations (e.g., environmental policies, civil wars, political economy)

o Intelligence Studies (including Intelligence History)

o Military History

o History of Protest Movements in Britain

o Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Studies


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 Toni Sant-

Arts and Media Research Support email:

Research Group Leads

Art and Design:

Dr Toni Sant -

Culture, Communication and Media:

Professor Seamus Simpson -

English and Creative Writing:

Dr Scott Thurston -

Performance and Dance:

Dr Jo Scott -


Dr Alan Williams -

Politics and Contemporary History:

Professor Alaric Searle -


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 19th February

Discuss your application with your research group lead

Submit a formal application through the online application portal by Friday 26th 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 19th and 23rd April, with interviews in early May

The School meeting to determine the studentships will take place the week beginning 11th May and successful candidates will be notified by the end of May.

Funding Notes

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the value of the award has had to be reduced to a fee waiver only of £4,327.

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