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The Role of Journalists in Reporting End of Life Decisions: Questions of Ethics, Law and Democratic Citizenship (Professor Jenny Kitzinger)


Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

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About the Project

The School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) has a long-standing reputation as a world-leading centre for innovative teaching and research. The following PhD studentship is available:

The Role of Journalists in Reporting End of Life Decisions: Questions of Ethics, Law and Democratic Citizenship (Professor Jenny Kitzinger)

Supervisor and contact information for further details: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/182946-kitzinger-jenny

Information on the School of Journalism, Media and Culture:

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/journalism-media-and-culture

Studentship Awards commence in October 2021 covering tuition fees and a maintenance grant (currently £15,285 p.a. for 2012/21 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant. There are other benefits available, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.

ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should hold a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those holding a relevant research training at the Masters level will be considered for a +3 award; the award is open to home and international (including EU and EEA) students. Successful international student applicants will receive a fully-funded Wales DTP studentship and will not be charged the fees difference between the UK and international rate. For further details see the UKRI web site

Applications are welcome for full and part-time study as either ‘1+3’ (i.e., one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the applicants’ needs.

completed application form for admission to doctoral study at Cardiff University must be submitted by 12.00 noon, 3 February 2021. Incomplete applications or those received after this time will not be accepted.

Please make an application at the following link: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/journalism-studies

The application must contain the following:

1. Covering letter addressed to Professor Jenny Kitzinger, no more than two pages, setting out your reasons for applying to Cardiff University and the journalism and democracy pathway, your understanding and expectations of doctoral study, your academic interests generally and how these relate to the description of the project supplied. Please specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis

2. Academic / Professional Qualifications including proof of English Language Competency (7.5 IELTS minimum).

3. References: Two references to be presented with the application form ideally one of which should be from an academic / academic institution

4. Curriculum Vitae: No longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal: Up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. Use the following five headings in your proposal:

·          Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research;

·          An overview of some of the key research literature relevant to the study;

·          Your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study;

·          A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice;

·          Bibliographic References

All information available in Welsh on request.


Funding Notes

Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for funded PhD study. Deadline for application, noon 3rd Feb 2021. These ‘collaborative studentships’ involve liaison with a non-academic organisation and will commence in October 2021. Interviews for short-listed applicants will take place in late February/early March 2021, after which a short-list will be put to the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group Panel where final decisions will be made. Successful applicants can generally expect to hear by early April 2021


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