Communication and Media

Qualification(s) available: PhD

Entry requirements
3 years
6 years
Start date
1 January, 1 April, 1 July 2021
UK fee
To be confirmed
International fee


The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is recognised as an international centre of academic excellence and for our cutting-edge interdisciplinary work. Loughborough is home to world-leading research in communication and media and has connections with a wide range of public and third sector bodies, including BBC Trust, Metropolitan Police, the Electoral Commission, the College of Mediators and the Department of Health.

The Communication and Media Study area is home to a lively community of postgraduates working closely with specialist supervisors who conduct research at the cutting-edge of developments in their field.

Our graduates have gone on to work in industries including television, marketing, academia and publishing. They work for companies and organisations such as China Development Research Foundation, Elsevier Ltd, Image Line Communication, Institute of Psychiatry, Metropolitan Police Service, Oxfam, and X-Pert Med GmbH.

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Why you should choose us

Our research

Our Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (CRCC) is a large, vibrant, interdisciplinary centre for communication, cultural and media analysis. Our research draws on and contributes to theories and methods in cultural and media studies, sociology, politics, psychology, history and memory studies, textual, visual and computational analysis, and geography.

Culture, Economy and Policy

Media and cultural industries are not only important sources of wealth-creation and employment but they can also create inequality through shaping everyday culture and public opinion.

Members of staff doing research in this area:

Language and Social Interaction

The way that people communicate with each other is fundamental to who we are, what we do, and how we live our lives.

Members of staff doing research in this area:

Memory and History

Media, Memory and History is a fast-growing area of expertise at Loughborough which provides a shared focus of research for scholars across the social sciences and humanities.


This broad research group is characterised by a common interest in studying processes, discourses and practices of migration, nation and exclusion/inclusion.


Around the world, communication is fundamental to politics and the role of media in society is deeply politicised.

Political and Cultural Theory

We’re interested in exploring and understanding the complex forces that shape our societies, how they change over time and how, if at all, actors can intervene to advance their goals.

ESRC Midlands Graduate School DTP

The Department of Communication and Media is proud to be part of the ESRC Midlands Graduate School DTP in partnership with Warwick, Nottingham, Birmingham, Aston and Leicester.

Your development

Support from your supervisor

You will be assigned two supervisors who are international experts in their respective fields, plus an internal reviewer and a Director of Doctoral Programmes. This team provides tailored academic and pastoral support throughout your studies. The School runs an extensive programme of research training and you will have the chance to participate in and run seminars and discussion groups. These will help you integrate into the School’s academic community and develop skills that will enable you to present your work at national and international conferences. You will be provided with access to a shared office with networked PC and specialist software, allowances for photocopying, conference attendance and interlibrary loans.

Skills and experience

A PhD programme will give you the opportunity to develop new and highly sought-after skills which can set you up for a range of careers. It is a chance to make a novel contribution to knowledge, to become a world expert in a particular field and it can open a range of doors with different employers. You will also enhance your interpersonal skills, such as networking and relationship building, which will be invaluable in your future career.

In addition to the University’s extensive training provision, you will have access to courses in teaching and research skills and methods organised by the University and the School.

Your future career

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Rochester College, USA, Associate Professor and Department Chair
  • The University of Manchester, Lecturer
  • Bournemouth University, Senior Lecturer

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject.

Applicants without a postgraduate qualification will be required to complete research training in tandem with their PhD.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK fee

Full-time degree per annum
To be confirmed

International fee

Full-time degree per annum

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. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

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How to apply

If you can't find an advertised project that fits your interests and experience, you can submit a research proposal to the School of Social Sciences and Humanities to find a supervisor who will work with you on your project.

You can view our list of areas of supervision on our website or you can email us for guidance.Your research proposal should be up to 5000 words long (at least 5 -7 double-spaced pages) and details about what should be included in it are here.

You are strongly recommended to contact us before applying to discuss your topic, availability and funding.

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