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UWS School of Media, Culture & Society Studentships

  School of Media, Culture & Society

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About the Programme

Expressions of interest and applications are welcome from those interested in pursuing doctoral studies within the School of Media, Culture and Society. The School has an impressive research culture. In REF 2014, across the two major Units of Assessment to which our work was submitted, 86% and 88% of the work overall was rated as internationally recognized (2* or higher) with at least one-third of the work in each submission rated as internationally excellent or world leading. In UoA 36 our research environment was assessed as 100% internationally recognised. In this element of our submission, the impact of our research was entirely graded at the highest two levels (3* and 4*), with 30% considered to be 'world leading' (4*).

All doctoral level work within the School will be aligned with our areas of research expertise contained within the School's new, emerging research and enterprise centre. This centre will house a number of research and enterprise clusters, within which we are keen to attract doctoral students with interests in our key areas of expertise:

Cluster in Health Behaviours, Psychology and Addictions
Currently we are seeking applications for PhD studentships which address the following themes:

• Illicit drug use, gender and families
• Social and cultural aspects of risk taking behaviours for infections associated with injecting drug use
• The rise in the use of pharmacological approaches to the treatment of ‘problem' alcohol use
• Communication strategies of the alcohol industry, or other ‘addictive industries', across multiple domains, including social media, advertising and marketing, science and research, lobbying and political activity
• The dynamics of neighbourhood drug problems
• The relationship between poor sleep and wellbeing in disadvantaged socioeconomic groups
• The evaluation of a sleep management programme and its impact on health and wellbeing
• The perception of cyber deviance and online abuse and the stigmatisation of victims
• The use of social networks to depict and disclose everyday activities such as alcohol consumption.
• The nature and impact of communications between health-care professionals and their elderly patients

Cluster in Public Policy, Governance and Social Justice
This cluster produces internationally recognised research in topics that seek to examine and understand representation and participation; places and cultures; justice and transformations; and cultural policy and events. Currently we are seeking applications for PhD studentships which address the following themes:

• Social change and social justice, including issues around inclusion/exclusion and power; community; empowerment/resilience; health & society; education; activism and advocacy
• Globalisation, government and governance, including issues around participation, engagement and citizenship; territorial politics and governance; democracy & modes of governing; accountability; civil society and citizenship
• Identity, ethnicity and migration including issues around identity and citizenship; religion and identity; diaspora; human rights, gender and religion; nation and nationalism
• Crime, society and justice including issues around youth crime and desistance; policing of violence and serious crime; police reform and organisational culture
• Cultural policy, festivals and events, including issues around arts and community regeneration; social and cultural ‘legacy', events and urban space; sport events and social change, activism and events

Cluster in Culture and Creativity
Currently we are seeking applications for PhD studentships which address the following themes:

• Theoretically and critically informed practice-based work in film, performance, popular and commercial music, visual arts, broadcasting, digital media and creative writing
• Cultural policy and critical events studies including arts and community regeneration, social impact and critical approaches to urban regeneration
• Digital media, culture and society, including citizen/participatory media, social media and cultural impediments to digital inclusion/exclusion, digital media, cultural memory and archiving
• Place-based studies employing methodologies drawn from the arts and humanities with a particular focus on diverse contexts of cultural participation and cultural memory in Scotland
• Media studies including critical discourse analysis of news media and work which engages with contemporary cultural politics, including debates about social inclusion/exclusion, cultural production and cultural entrepreneurship, and the politics of identity and belonging

Funding Notes:
UWS studentships offer an annual stipend of £13,863 per annum for three years and payment of tuition fees (current value £3900). Funding will be considered as part of a competitive round and there is no guarantee that projects submitted by applicants will be awarded funding.

Studentships are open to Home/EU candidates with a first degree in a relevant discipline. Non-EU students can apply, but will not receive the stipend and will be required to pay fees.

Candidates must be available to commence their studies 1st October 2015.

For further information on the activities of each of the research clusters or for an informal discussion about your research proposal, please contact Professor David McGillivray, School Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator ( or Professor Robert Pyper, Assistant Dean (Research and Enterprise) ( in the first instance. Applications received will be considered by the School after the closing date on 15th May and it is expected that a round of competitive interviews will be scheduled soon afterwards.

Postgraduate Degree by Research Applications should be completed online at

Please note that we are unable to consider applications without a research proprosal. The closing date for applications is 15th May 2015.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.
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