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PhD in Communication, Media, and Journalism Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences

About the Programme

The Department of Journalism Studies at Sheffield has been ranked several times as the UK's number 1 journalism department by all three of the UK's independent university league tables. Our graduates are working in high-profile journalism, communication and academic roles all over the world.

Are you interested in pursuing a research project with communication, media or journalism at its heart?

We welcome students from various backgrounds which of course include media, journalism and communication but also sociology, history, politics, law and many others! More specifically, we would like to welcome a PhD student whose project falls in any of the following areas:

·        Data journalism

·        The role of communication, media or journalism in crisis, conflict and/or peace

·        Media law, ethics and regulation

·        Mediated identity narratives and cultural messages

·        The role of news journalism in society and politics

·        The role of communication, media and journalism in public diplomacy

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. We also have an active, international, multicultural and most importantly, a welcoming PhD community here at the Department of Journalism Studies – and you have the chance to join us! Meet your peers, join any of our PhD initiatives, collaborate with our early career researchers, become part of our Communication, Media and Journalism research group or join our world-renowned Centre for the Freedom of the Media (CFOM) including its Hub for the Study of Hybrid Communication in Peacebuilding.

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. As per the department's information on applying for a PhD, we require applicants to complete our Research Proposal Form to ensure their proposal meets our specific criteria:


More information about the application process can be found on our website.


Academic Entry Requirements:

Applicants are required to hold a Master's Degree, with an overall grade of 60% from a UK institution (or equivalent from an overseas university), with a minimum of 60% in the research project/dissertation.

English Language Requirements:

A recent degree (completed within the last 5 years) from a majority English speaking country


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 student fees. If successful, international students would be required to pay the difference between the home tuition fee and international tuition fee. See student fees for more information.

Funding Notes

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.

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 22.30

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Click here to see the results for all UK universities

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