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PhD opportunities in Sociology and Communication Studies at Brunel University London


About the Programme

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

Welcoming environment for research students

Doctoral research programmes (PhDs) take a proud place in the world-class research environment and community at Brunel. PhD students are recognised and valued by their supervisors as an essential part of their departments and a key component of the university's overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research.

Research strengths

 The Sociology & Communications group is a dynamic, international and globally respected community of researchers. Members are at the forefront of study into subjects as diverse as: globalisation and social transformation, political communication, communication and social change; gender and sexuality, the body, human-animal studies, the senses and embodiment, race and ethnicity, the environment, urban space and cities, digital cultures, public communication, young people, rights and the global south; popular culture, comedy/humour studies, experimental multi-media, and sports studies.

  • Join an expert interdisciplinary community that publishes innovative and world-leading research addressing contemporary concerns and emerging social and cultural challenges.
  • Be part of a thriving research culture where researchers have received regularly grants from the AHRC, ESRC and British Academy.
  • Benefit from our excellent multi-Supervisory teams to support your postgraduate study.
  • Enjoy being part of a collegial and active research environment

Research areas

While we welcome a wide range of topics in the areas of Sociology & Communications, here is an example list of potential research topics that we would like to supervise:

  • Digital antagonism, exclusions and discrimination
  • Environmental Communication
  • Popular communications and Social change
  • Public sphere, deliberative democracy and free speech
  • Public space and protest movements
  • Surveillance and algorithmic profiling
  • Creative industries, inequality and diversity
  • Comedy, Identity and Society
  • Intersectional Veganisms
  • Transgenderism and ‘Transracialism'
  • Reality Television and Ethnic Minority Girls
  • Cities, urban change and place
  • Sensory Sociology
  • Culture, Space, Time and Cities
  • Political economy of communication/media
  • The digital revolution and social change
  • The rise of the far-right and neo-fascism
  • Radical social movements, the precariat and digital labour
  • Democratisation and the clash of civilisations
  • World-systems analysis
  • Anarchist social thought
  • Emergent Digital Media Technologies
  • Film & Media History
  • Globalisation and youth activism
  • Children and international development
  • Globalisation of education
  • Science and society
  • Urban Space and Experience

 

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Research degrees at Brunel

 

How to apply

Information about the application process can be found here

 


Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: View Website. The UK Government is also offering the Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.)

How good is research at Brunel University London in Sociology?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 12.00

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

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