Institute for Media and Creative Industries MPhil, PhD

Institute for Media and Creative Industries
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
3 years (PhD), 2 years (MPhil)
6 years (PhD), 4 years (MPhil)
Start date:
January, April, July, October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



in the world for Media and Communication Studies

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017


Research Project

European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme


If you want to pursue research in an innovative field committed to the production, distribution, meaning, and reception of the media and associated culture industries, then a PhD in the Institute for Media and Creative Industries can provide an enriching opportunity for you.

Research is a crucial part of our work and it underpins our ability to deliver a teaching experience at the forefront of our discipline. Our students will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of real life problem solving. Presentation of research findings at key national and international conferences will be an important part of our students’ training. You will be actively encouraged to engage with research communities across the globe and to be part of our talented research community at Loughborough University London.

The housing of our six institutes within a single building will provide a unique opportunity to promote inter- and multidisciplinary research. Organisations from London, the UK and around the world will work in close partnership with our research institutes, allowing transfer of new knowledge to all sectors through our enterprise activities.

Our facilities

Loughborough University London benefits from excellent learning and teaching facilities. Our purpose-built lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fitted with the highest quality audio and visual equipment to ensure you can enjoy a truly immersive and stimulating learning experience.

The campus offers a range of versatile workspaces to cater for independent study, group activities and collaborative project work.

You will also benefit from 24/7 access to our campus Library, which has over 5000 print items and access to 1.2 million e-books, journals and research papers via the University's online resources. You will also be able to choose from over 602,000 print items to borrow from Loughborough's Pilkington Library, which can then be delivered to the London campus for free.

We also offer and Inter-Library Loan service, which is a fantastic service for our Research students because it provides access to electronic articles that are not available from Loughborough University Library. This will give you access to thousands of articles from other libraries around the UK and occasionally from overseas that you may need for research purposes. Sometimes these resources can be obtained as photocopies or PDFs which you can then keep.

If you want to discover more information about what we have to offer at Loughborough University London, you can book a guided campus tour here.

Who should apply

If you are interested in undertaking theoretically informed research that aims to impact the policies and practices of the media and communications industry, the government and the third sector then a PhD with the Institute for Media and Creative Industries could be for you.

Read more about Loughborough University London on our blog.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification. Applications from students with an MSc or MRes in a relevant area (60% gpa or up) are preferred.

IELTS: overall 7, with minimum 6.5 in each component.

Research areas

The Institute for Media and Creative Industries is dedicated to undertaking research into critical understandings and developments of the media and creative industries, along with insights into the broader economic, social, and political issues facing each area.


We will analyse technological innovation, regulation, labor, meaning, and ownership, utilising ethnographic, political-economic, environmental, activist, and public-policy research.


We will engage the legal, economic, training, environmental, and organisational context of work, drawing on institutional and ethnographic methods to engage both structural and experiential determinations.


We will teach students cultural production and address both content analysis and textual analysis, combining statistical and hermeneutic methods to establish patterns of meaning.


We will address ratings, uses-and-gratifications, effects, active-audience, ethnographic, and psychoanalytic traditions, combining quantitative and qualitative measures to establish the audience’s composition and conduct in the wake of cultural consumption.

Your personal and professional development

Support and guidance that you'll gain from your supervisor

You will be supported to make original discoveries, and will utilise applied research and ideas to benefit local and international communities.

As a PhD student with the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, you will become part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community, and will benefit from high-quality research training delivered by our world-class academics. Individuals will have the opportunity to work with top researchers in the field, and gain first-hand experience of real-life problem solving.

Toby Miller is the Professor and Director of the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London and is vastly experienced in the field. He has numerous publications in Television; New Media, Sport; Culture, Cultural Politics and Film Theory, and prior to pursuing an academic career, Miller worked in broadcasting, banking and the civil service.

Skills and experience that you can expect to gain

By undertaking research with the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, you will develop a range of new skills through creative thinking, analytical reasoning and real-life problem solving. Presenting at research conferences and events will also enable you to improve your speaking and networking skills, and could provide you with new opportunities to travel overseas.

Future career prospects

Based in the former Olympic International Broadcast Centre, our neighbours include BT Sport broadcasting company, owners of Europe’s largest sport TV studios. Along with providing a strong theoretical foundation, these connections mean that the Institute can also offer unique opportunities for students to gain industry exposure and insight into the practical aspects of the media industry.

If you wish to enter into an academic career, you will be guided and supported by academic colleagues from the Institute, and given opportunities to lead seminars and teaching where possible.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Who you'll be working with

How to apply

All applications for research opportunities are made online. We strongly recommend contacting the department in advance of submitting an application to discuss your ideas.

Applications for research should indicate the Institute within which you would like to conduct your PhD and preferably the member(s) of staff whose research area is of most interest to you.If you’d like to make an application, we recommend contacting your preferred supervisor in advance to discuss your research proposal in more detail. Please use our online application portal to submit your research proposal, and clearly outline the question you intend to address. You should also include an overview of your subject area and proposed research methods.

Email Professor Toby Miller, Director of the Institute for Media and Creative Industries or to apply direct.