The Department of Journalism Studies at Sheffield is widely recognised as a leading centre
for teaching and research in media and communication. We are ranked as the UK's number 1
journalism department by the Guardian university league table (2018 and 2019). Our head of
department Professor Jackie Harrison is UNESCO Chair on Media Freedom, Journalism
Safety and the Issue of Impunity. Our graduates are working in high-profile journalism,
communication and academic roles all over the world.
Our research focuses on how communication with the public is undertaken, whether directly
or through the media. With journalism and public and political communication at the heart of
our enquiry, we draw from various other disciplines such as sociology, history, political
theory, politics and law. Work is underpinned by our two research institutes – the Centre for
Freedom of the Media and Centre for the Study of Journalism and History.
We produce high-quality outputs. We engage with policymakers both nationally and
internationally. And we use our impact to improve the quality of mediated information in
various contexts, locally and globally. Research in the department was rated 38% world-
leading and 34% internationally excellent in the 2014 REF assessment – with a 100% score
Our PhD community
PhD researchers in our department are exploring themes like journalism ethics, propaganda,
reporters' safety, freedom of expression, media history, and communication and post-conflict
reconstruction, in a variety of national and global contexts. They're gaining experience as
graduate teaching assistants and organising conferences. They're part of a vibrant community
of inquiry, supported by a programme of world-class training in social sciences research.
The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.
FTE Category A staff submitted: 22.30
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