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Profile Description

Kent's Centre for Journalism offers an MA by Research and a PhD in Journalism. These provide rigorous training for careers in academic journalism and communications roles.

We welcome applications from students who wish to undertake research in most major areas of the discipline, and offer particular strengths in political journalism, journalism history, conflict reporting, travel journalism and journalism ethics.
We provide a supportive environment in which our research students can develop and complete a high-quality thesis. Students receive dedicated supervision, including regular guidance and feedback from two supervisors, both of whom are experts in the chosen field of study.

Research environment

The Centre for Journalism has a thriving research community which runs weekly seminars at which colleagues from the Centre and other universities present their latest research. Our staff have authored a number of academic books and publish frequently in major journals including: British Journalism Review; Journalism Studies; Ethical Space; Contemporary British History; Journal of Media Law and George Orwell Studies. Research and taught postgraduate students are an important part of this dynamic research culture

Academic Staff

Academic staff in the Centre for Journalism conduct funded research projects investigating public service broadcasting. They have covered national and international affairs for employers including the BBC, The Guardian and Channel 4 News. They are at the forefront of debates about journalism's future and its place in democratic societies working as broadcasters and columnists and for accrediting bodies such as the National Council for the Training of Journalists. The Head of Centre and his deputy are directors of KM Television Ltd and were instrumental in securing KMTV's licence to broadcast. Their publications include numerous books and journal articles about how journalism has overcome challenges in the past and the new challenges it faces in the multimedia world. The Centre hosts regular masterclasses by leading journalists and has a postgraduate intake of about 25 students per year.


The Centre for Journalism provides dedicated resources for all postgraduate students including a postgraduate newsroom equipped with computers and specialist software, a dedicated radio studio and access to international newswires. Students have 24/7 access to all the Centre's multimedia newsrooms and studios and learn television skills in the KMTV studio and control room. The extensive collections available in the University's Drill Hall Library support a wide range of learning and research and specialist support librarians are available to help.
All postgraduate students benefit from the excellent facilities on the historic Medway Campus for sport, culture and eating. A dedicated Student Hub provides excellent space for socialising. Postgraduate accommodation is available at the modern Liberty Quays halls of residence adjacent to the campus.

£9m Postgraduate Scholarship Fund

The University provides a variety of scholarships and funds in any one year. These range from research student scholarships, through to location-specific funding, sport and music scholarships and funds for international students.
The Centre for Journalism also offers a range of postgraduate scholarships for excellence and students are eligible to apply for dedicated scholarships and bursaries offered by the Stationers' Foundation, Associated Newspapers and the Journalism Diversity Fund.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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