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Film, Television and Media Studies at UEA

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

About the Programme


82 per cent of research in Film, Television and Media Studies was rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis. Additionally, our research output was rated fourth in the UK in The Research Excellence Framework 2014 rankings. The Department was also ranked in the top 10 for Media in the 2018 Complete University Guide.

We encourage students to make the most of their time with us, with courses designed to provide flexibility and choice. The transferable skills and knowledge gained on all our degrees are highly valued by prospective employers in a range of industries.

Research Expertise

If you do your PhD with us, you'll be supervised by one or more members of our internationally renowned research staff. We are active in wide and varied fields of research, from film and television history to gender and post-feminism, national and world cinema studies (particularly Britain, Asia and the Middle East), and audience and reception studies.

Our current students are producing equally compelling research: recent and current research topics include fantasy in British cinema, online fan communities, gay celebrity in British reality TV, marketing and special effects in horror films, podcast drama, ‘dark' comedy, masculinity and the contemporary Hollywood rom-com, the Chinese reception of Avatar, audiences and film trailers, and the representation of ‘tween' culture in contemporary film and TV.

As a Postgraduate student, you'll also be part of our regular research programme: you'll see guest lectures on the latest research in the field; you might be involved in organising one of our regular study days or symposia. You'll take part in our weekly postgraduate training seminars, and you'll have the chance to hone your research skills through sessions organised through the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School.

Film, Television and Media Studies

We are one of the longest established centres for film and television studies in the UK, internationally recognised as pioneers in the field. Our research and teaching focuses upon film, television and other media, their complex interrelations, and the creative and cultural contexts in which they are produced and consumed.

Research strengths in the Department include Feminist Media Studies, Media and Cultural Consumption, British Film and Television, Creative Critical Practice, and Genre Studies.

Some of our major assets include the East Anglian Film Archive, a unique resource utilised by staff and students, our close links with the British Film Institute in London, and MAKE Media, a film production unit housed in the department.

A variety of fully-funded studentships are available each year for PhD applicants. Financial support is also available from the School and Faculty for students to participate in networking and engagement activities.


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The deadline for these studentships has now passed.

A number of funded and self-funded PhD projects are offered throughout the academic year. Further projects will be advertised in due course.

We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please enquire for further information.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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