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  PhD opportunities in Sociology and Communication Studies at Brunel University London


 Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Programme

Address contemporary concerns and new cultural challenges with a world-leading team, receiving regular grants from the AHRC, ESRC & British Academy.     

By joining Sociology research at Brunel you'll gain a global perspective and examine core sociological issues through a distinctive cultural and media sociology lens and an applied focus. Benefitting from the work of strategic research clusters, you will be supervised by staff who work across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, generating public engagement and impact on social and cultural policy and practice in national and international contexts. We invite you to contribute to the team’s research strength in social-cultural change, spanning digital cultures, media, inequality, race, gender and spatial politics, which has been applied to a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary and methodologically-innovative sociological research agenda. Currently, our researchers are applying core sociological concepts to contemporary societal shifts including plastic use, Brexit and ‘big tissue’. 

Join our research areas:

Join the community of Sociology, Communications and Media Studies academics who 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.

Social Justice

Explore concepts of social justice and understanding of climate change, health and wellbeing, digitalisation, poverty, conflict and inequality.

AI: Social and Digital Innovation

Focus on social, economic and strategic effects of AI and associated technologies. Investigate the impact of AI and related technologies on societies, organisations and individuals.

Computer Science for Social Good 

Investigate and develop new ways and innovative technologies to address challenging socio-economic problems.

Interculturality for Diversity and Global Learning

Challenge conventional attitudes and practices and promote respectful and effective intercultural communication, cross-cultural intelligence, diversity and inclusion, within a world that is increasingly interconnected digitally.

Global Lives

Address the challenges facing society and help change the lives of people around the world by bringing economic, social and cultural benefits.

Sustainable Plastics

Combine the strengths of your social sciences research with the area of plastic pollution and help us lead on behaviour change, public health protection, resource and waste management, governance aspects and sustainability design.

How to apply?

As a doctoral researcher, you will be welcomed to Brunel as a valued member of our thriving, research-intensive community. Browse PhD opportunities, studentship, and learn more about our research by visiting our website.

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Where is Brunel?

Brunel University London is based in Uxbridge, London – 45minutes to Central London on the Metropolitan Line – which means you have great access to the heart of this beautiful city, and yet can enjoy the safety and convenience of a suburban campus housing over 15,000 students with all you need in one place. Take a look 

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 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%.

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