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About the Programme

The School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) has a long-standing reputation as a world-leading centre for innovative teaching and research.

The School’s researchers engage with pressing contemporary issues and debates across journalism, media and culture bringing together theory and practice. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment, JOMEC’s research was ranked 2nd in the UK in terms of its quality and impact.

Cutting-edge research is shared through regular seminars featuring JOMEC colleagues as well as scholars from around the UK and internationally. JOMEC also hosts the renowned biennial ‘Future of Journalism’ conference bringing together scholars and practitioners from around the world. These activities, and more, contribute to a lively and thriving research environment.

JOMEC’s purpose-built, state of the art facilities at Two Central Square situate the School at the centre of local and national media, including BBC Cymru/Wales whose brand-new headquarters is situated next door. Our location facilitates the building of strong industry links, boosting students’ employability by providing access to major media organisations within the important and growing sector of the creative and cultural industries. 

The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. In line with our commitment to supporting and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and to increase recruitment of currently underrepresented groups, applications from Black British, Asian British, minority ethnicity British and mixed-race British candidates are particularly encouraged and welcomed. 

“These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should approach a potential supervisor in JOMEC before submitting their application to confirm there is supervisory capacity and to discuss their draft application. Information on the research interests of our staff can be found on the school webpage.

All Studentship Awards commence in October 2021.

ESRC Funding

ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should hold a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those holding a relevant research training at the Masters level will be considered for a +3 award; the award is open to home and international (including EU and EEA) students. Successful international student applicants will receive a fully-funded Wales DTP studentship and will not be charged the fees difference between the UK and international rate.

Applications are welcome for full and part-time study as either ‘1+3’ (i.e., one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

A completed application form for admission to doctoral study at Cardiff University must be submitted by the deadline of 12.00 noon, 3 February 2021. Incomplete applications or those received after this time will not be accepted. https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/journalism-studies

The application must contain the following:

1. Covering letter addressed to Dr Cynthia Carter, no more than two pages. Set out your reasons and motivation for applying; understanding and expectations of doctoral study; academic interests, particularly of those relating to your proposed research. Please specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.

2. Academic / Professional Qualifications including proof of English Language Competency (7.5 IELTS minimum).

3. References: Two academic references. Candidates must approach referees and include references with their application.

4. Curriculum Vitae: No longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal: Up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. Use the following five headings in your proposal:

·      Title, aims and purpose of the research;

·      Brief overview of the relevant academic literature;

·      Proposed design/methods;

·      Academic contributions of your research.

·      Bibliographic References

Full details of fees, stipends and eligibility criteria are available https://walesdtp.ac.uk/

AHRC funding (South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership 2)

Cardiff is part of a consortium of 10 universities that form the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. The application process for the next round of funding via SWW-DTP2 is now open with an application deadline of 12.59 p.m. on Monday 25 January 2021. For more information regarding fees, stipends and eligibility requirements and to access a guide for applicants see https://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/


Funding Notes

Please note the different closing dates and methods of application for the studentships. Standard, unfunded applications can be made at any point via the University online application service.

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