Media and Creative Industries

Qualification(s) available: PhD

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


The Institute for Media and Creative Industries is a multi-disciplinary and international academic community, with commanding knowledge and expertise of the media and related industries and organisations, including the press, film, television, social media, arts, tourism and international development industries.

The Institute includes an internationally renowned research community who share an interest in the infrastructures, outputs, and audiences of the media and the creative industries, as well as in the communication practices, everyday experiences and social change processes influenced by these industries.

The Institute for Media and Creative Industries boasts a talented, international and close-knit research community, with a shared passion for the growth and impact of research on communication and media content, technologies and structures.

By pursuing a postgraduate research programme within the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, individuals will have the opportunity to work with top researchers in the field and gain first-hand experience of real-life problem solving.

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.

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Why you should choose us

Where you'll study

Loughborough University London is an inspiring postgraduate campus located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Established exclusively for postgraduate study and research, Loughborough University London combines influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators to deliver one of the best postgraduate experiences the UK has to offer.

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

Doctoral researchers have a 24-hour access to a dedicated study space on campus, complete with hot desks, meeting rooms and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area.

Our research

The Institute maintains a strong interest in the relationships between media and communication and technological, social and cultural change.

Current research considers the implications of technological transformations and social change, including social, cultural, political and economic relationships and movements, as well as social media and activism in contemporary and historical contexts.

As a whole, the Institute has a particular strength in ethnography, participatory approaches, oral histories, archival research and textual analysis.

The Institute explores the application of these methodological approaches to critical studies of gender, sexuality, identity, race and ethnicity. The Institute is also interested in notions of mobility (people and technologies), place, creativity and labour, and the communication practices and infrastructures that connect and disconnect, enable and constrain.

Our academics cover a range of research interests including legacy and new media and communication structures, regulations and practices. The Institute has experience of conducting empirical research across the globe and is particularly interested in global perspectives on media, communication and social change.

Your development

Studying for a PhD is a significant but incredibly rewarding investment for your career and for your future.

Much of the research in the Institute is collaborative and interdisciplinary, connecting you to local and global communities and organisations. The Institute also works with community groups, cultural institutions and global agencies to explore the applications of their latest research.

By undertaking a PhD with the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, you will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of real-life problem solving.

Your future career

As well as providing a route into academia, studying a PhD will give you the expertise and skills required to advance your career in a wide range of professions, vocations and businesses.

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).

IELTS overall score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each test.

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

All PhD applications must be made online.

We strongly recommend contacting your preferred research supervisor(s) in advance of submitting an application to discuss your ideas. To see a full list of academic staff within the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, please visit the Institute's staff page.

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.

When applying for a PhD within the Institute, please select Media and Creative Industries when asked for the programme name.

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