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PhD opportunities in Comedy Studies at Brunel University London

  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Profile Description

Qualification type: MPhil / PhD
Location: Uxbridge, London
Mode of study: Full-time and Part-time

Welcoming environment for research students

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. We work closely with our PhD candidates and supervisors to ensure that our PhD students get exceptional experience and achieve excellence in their research. We particularly welcome students who have a solid academic background in relevant subject fields, evidenced by their past grade performance.

PhD students come to Brunel from diverse cultural backgrounds and belong to a genuinely international Division of Social Sciences and Communication . (The Times Higher Educational Supplement recently described Brunel as “the most international university”.) We are the highest rated research department of our size in the country, bringing together experts who understand social and political forces with specialists in communications in a vibrant and friendly environment. Sociology at Brunel is ranked 1st in London (The Guardian University Guide, 2018)

Research areas

PhD students will join the Division of Social Sciences and Communication - home of the internationally recognised Centre for Comedy Studies Research supported by high-profile comedians including Jo Brand and Lee Mack. 

As an interdisciplinary centre it considers the production, content, reception and wider socio-political implications of comedy in a variety of formats and from a range of perspectives. The Centre successfully brings together leading academics and writers in the fields of media and communications, sociology, psychology, theatre, drama, film and television, computing, English, creative writing and social work.

Our research examines the production, content, reception and wider socio-political implications of comedy in its variety of formats from television sketch shows to comedy thrillers. All of our research is strongly underpinned by the belief that comedy is socially, culturally, politically and economically significant at local, national and international levels.

Our work clusters around a number of overlapping themes that include:

  • Mediated and Live Comedy
  • Comedy and Identity
  • Comedy, Taboo and Offence
  • Comedy, Power and Ideology
  • Comic Novels


The Centre has strong links with the comedy industry and is supported by five CCSR Ambassadors:

  • Jo Brand– Comedian, writer, actress and Brunel Honorary Graduate.
  • Nitin Ganatra– Actor (e.g. Eastenders and Mumbai Calling).
  • Lee Mack- Comedian, writer, actor and Brunel Honorary Graduate.
  • Simon Minty– Co-founder and Producer of Abnormally Funny People.
  • Geoff Rowe– Director & Founder of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival.

Find out more

Working with your supervisory team
Research environment for PhD students
Life as a research student at Brunel University London

How to apply

Further information about the PhD and the application process can be found here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/Comedy-Studies-PhD

Contact

For general enquiries, please contact:

Funding Notes

We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Find out more here: View Website

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 19.00

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

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