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MPhil and PhD Degrees by Research


The Department of Film and Television Studies is also pleased to offer one 3-year PhD scholarship covering fees (£4,347 in 2019/20) and stipend (£15,040 in 2019/20). All applications for admission to the course(s) will be considered for the scholarship and a separate application form is not required. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2019 and results will be announced in May. This scholarship is only open to those applying to the Department of Film and Television Studies.

Applications will be reviewed by a departmental panel of three academic members of staff. The panel will not include any of the applicants' potential supervisors. Applications will be ranked according to University of Warwick Graduate School Ranking Criteria.

We look forward to receiving your applications!


We are also pleased to offer one 3-year PhD Collaborative Doctoral Award scholarship covering fees (£4,347 in 2019/20) and stipend (£15,040 in 2019/20) for the following project:

The City in the Box, the Box in the City: The Role of the Television Archive in Cities of Culture

Collaborative Doctoral Project between the Centre for Television History, Heritage and Memory Research, the Media Archive for Central England, and Illuminations.

Supervisors: Dr Helen Wheatley (Warwick); Dr Clare Watson (MACE), Professor John Wyver (Illuminations/Westminster University)

We are seeking an outstanding candidate for the following Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) project, based jointly at the University of Warwick, the Media Archive of Central England, and the television production company, Illuminations, to begin in October 2019. This award is a 3-year PhD scholarship covering fees (£4,347 in 2019/20) and stipend (£15,040 in 2019/20).

This CDA PhD focuses on the important relationship between the television archive and Cities of Culture. This connects to, but is separate from, the proposed AHRC-funded Ghost Town project ( which comes out of the ongoing research of scholars in the Centre for Television History, Heritage and Memory Research at the University of Warwick. The supervisory team outlined above will offer the researcher a valuable combination of skills and opportunities. This project offers an exciting chance for someone to develop a new body of scholarship that evaluates television’s role in City of Culture years, whilst being introduced to media archiving, curation, and production by leading experts in this field and learning how to take media history research beyond the academic library and the classroom. This CDA is particularly exciting as it will begin in the build-up to Coventry’s City of Culture year (2021), and will therefore be based on a live piece of research which reaches beyond the academy in a number of interesting ways.

More information can be found here.

The Department offer an MPhil and PhD by individual research, within the areas of expertise of the teaching staff.

Strong priorities are:

  • Film and television aesthetics;
  • European and other national cinemas (including their popular dimension);
  • Representation and identity, and issues of gender;
  • British television history.

In addition to individual supervision, MA by research/MPhil/PhD students have access to:

  • Study Skills Training
  • University and Faculty training (e.g. computer, language skills).
  • University and departmental resources.
  • Auditing of one or more MA courses.
  • Teaching opportunities, where feasible.
  • The Department's Research Seminar series.
  • The Department's Postgraduate Methods Reading Group
  • The Postgraduate Research Group, a venue for sharing and discussing research and ideas in a friendly, informal atmosphere with other postgraduates.
Teaching Staff and Areas of Expertise
Michele Aaron Death, film and social justice, ethics, race, queer theory, applied film
José Arroyo National and sexual identity in the media; Spanish cinema; Hollywood/Action Cinema; Canadian and Quebécois cinemas
Charlotte Brunsdon Cinema and the city; British film and television; spaces of film and television
Jon Burrows

Silent cinema; British cinema; Hollywood cinema

Catherine Constable Philosophy and film; feminist film theory; film adaptation
Tiago de Luca World cinema; cinematic realism; Brazilian and Latin American cinemas; slow cinema; time and temporality; the global and the planetary
Stephen Gundle Italian film history; politics and the media; the history of glamour
John King (Comparative American Studies): Latin American literature and film
James MacDowell Hollywood cinema, American independent cinema, Film aesthetics, Film narrative, Romantic comedy
Rachel Moseley Gender in Popular Film and Television; film stars; women's television; factual entertainment
Michael Pigott

Video Art and Experimental Film; Projection; Sound; Film and Architecture.

Alastair Phillips

Film history and aesthetics; French cinema; Japanese cinema; contemporary world cinema; Hollywood in its European contexts

Karl Schoonover

Film theory; art cinema; realism; the photographic image; political cinema; queer theory

Richard Wallace Documentary, fact/fiction hybridity, mockumentary, film and television comedy, pop music on film and television
Helen Wheatley Television history and aesthetics; television drama; popular genres in television and film; British television; factual entertainment

How to apply for an MPhil/PhD

including useful information about deadlines, fees, and sources of funding

Find about current and past PhD topics.