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  Culture, Media & Creative Industries PhD

  Faculty of Arts & Humanities

 Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Programme

Culture, Media & Creative Industries at King's carries out world-leading research across the field of culture, media and the analysis of particular creative industries. Specialisms include cultural work, creative cities, media industries research, cultural and creative industries policy, arts and cultural management, entrepreneurship and cultural production, memory and heritage. Emerging research areas within the department encompass gender, sexuality and critical race research, and cultures of care. 

  • Latest REF rankings: The Departments of CMCI & Digital Humanities are jointly ranked in top 10 in UK (REF 2021). 100% of the departments’ research impact and research environment were rated as either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).
  • Current staff: 38
  • Current PhD students: 49
  • Research funded by:
  • London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC)
  • London Arts and Humanities Research Council (LAHP) 
  • National and regional governments and funding bodies.
  • Recent publications:
  • Work That Body: Male Bodies in Digital Culture by Jamie Hakim
  • Narratives of migration, relocation and belonging: Latin Americans in London, by Patria Roman-Velazquez
  • Higher Education and Policy for Creative Economies in Africa: Developing Creative Economies, by Roberta Comunian, Brian J. Hracs and Lauren England
  • Women and TV Culture in Pakistan: Gender, Islam and National Identity, by Munira Cheema
  • Feminist Afterlives: Assemblage Memory in Activist Times, by Red Chidgey
  • Multimedia Stardom in Hong Kong: Image, performance and identity by Wing-Fai Leung 
  • Contemporary Art & Unforgetting in Colonial Landscapes: Islands of Empire, by Kate McMillan
  • The Space that Separates: A Realist Theory of Art, by Nick Wilson


The department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries (CMCI) carries out world-leading research across the field of culture, media and the analysis of particular creative industries. Specialisms include cultural work, creative cities, visual cultures, popular culture, cultural and creative industries policy, cultural management, entrepreneurship and cultural production, cultural regeneration, cultural history, culture and identity, and inter-sectionally and culture. Our approach is international in perspective and is characterised by a productive engagement of the theoretical and empirical.

CMCI is also developing, in concert with Digital Humanities, research into digital cultures, particularly into social networks, digital identities and digital activism.

We work in an inter-disciplinary mode: although we are based in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, much of our research has roots in the social sciences.

Next Steps

  • Identify a potential supervisor who you would like to work with
  • Contact the potential supervisor to establish if they might be interested in taking your enquiry any further.
  • If yes, please email them a 1500-word proposal (max) setting out:
  • the topic/issue they propose to research,
  • the rationale for doing so (including its importance and originality, as well as any gaps in the literature),
  • the proposed methodology (i.e. what, why and how?),
  • a prospective chapter outline, and
  •  a concluding section showing why this research should be conducted at CMCI.

Please also send a latest CV with your proposal. Your prospective supervisor will review the proposal and if they would like to take it further, they will invite you to a short interview (online or offline). A final decision will be taken at departmental level, subject to review by the CMCI PGR recruitment panel.

Please ensure that you read this essential guide from the department before applying to this PhD.

Joint PhDs - Benefits of collaboration

Our joint PhD programme with the Humboldt University Berlin offers students the opportunity to enjoy full supervision at both institutions. The Joint-PhD also organises international colloquia and workshops at which students can present and discuss their work with peers and academic staff across the institutions involved. The programme builds on an extensive network of existing institutional links, joint teaching experience and collaborative graduate programmes between King's and the partners universities.

Applications are welcome from across a whole range of areas in culture, media and creative industries with a substantial German element.

All research students in any discipline at King's can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages with the Modern Language Centre without any additional cost.

More information can be found here.

Funding Notes

Find out more information about fees on our course web page on the King’s website: View Website
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