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PhD fee scholarships in Mediated Communication

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

The Department of Journalism Studies at Sheffield is ranked as the UK's number 1 journalism department by the Guardian university league table (2018 and 2019). Our graduates are working in high-profile journalism, communication and academic roles all over the world.

We are advertising up to two fee scholarships for PhDs starting on 1 April 2020, worth £4,326 per annum (for 2019/20, pro-rata for part-time students). The successful applicant(s) will be expected to provide up to 180 hours of teaching support per year, from their second year onwards, subject to the needs of the Department. Payment for teaching support will be made in addition to the fee scholarship, at the rate set by the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) scheme.

We welcome applications for research in any of our research specialisms, but we particularly encourage applications relating to one of the themes below:

• Media and communication in conflict, crisis and peace
• Strategic communication and public diplomacy
• Journalism and its challenges past and present

Research Environment
As a PhD student in the Department of Journalism Studies you'll be supported by PhD supervisors who command a reputation both at home and internationally. You will be invited to engage with our two research centres, the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), and the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History, and you will be part of the Communication, Media, and Journalism research group.

You'll have access to world-class training alongside your doctoral study. The Social Sciences Doctoral Training programme is tailored to your individual needs to ensure you have the right skills you need to develop your research. Bespoke methods training is designed and given through the Sheffield Methods Institute, which has world-class research expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods.

You will have the opportunity to gain professional recognition for your teaching, becoming an Associate Fellow or Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). You will become part of a dynamic research and teaching community, and play a key role in the academic life of the Department. More information about the department can be found at

Application procedure

1. Candidates should complete an application for admission as a PhD student at

2. Applications should include: a CV detailing their academic record (max. 2 pages); a research proposal (approx. 2,000 words – see our website for information on how to write a proposal); academic transcripts; and two references.

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

• Academic success and qualifications (e.g. degree classification/awards)
• Research experience of candidate (e.g. evidence of publications)
• Well-articulated research question(s)
• A strong rationale for the research (emphasising its value/originality)
• Clear and rigorous methodology/method
• Potential non-academic impact (where appropriate)
• Feasible and appropriate plan of research
• A good match with supervisor expertise and departmental research portfolio/strategy

Academic Entry Requirements:
Applicants are required to hold a strong Master's Degree (or be working towards Master's degree at the time of application), with an overall grade of 60% from a UK institution (or equivalent from an overseas university). They should have achieved a minimum of 60% in the masters research project/dissertation.

English Language Requirements:
A recent degree (completed within the last 5 years) from a majority English speaking country OR
IELTS 6.5 with 6 in each component, obtained in the last two years. We also accept other English language qualifications, please contact us if you want to discuss our requirements.

International students
This opportunity is open to home and international students. However, please note that the award amount is set at the rate of home/EU student fees. If successful, non-EU international students would be required to pay the difference between the home/EU tuition fee and international tuition fee. See student fees for more 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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