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PhD/MPhil Applications

MPhil/PhD in Film and/or Television Studies
The Application Process
  • We normally only consider applications from candidates who are in possession of a good BA Honours degree and who have (or are about to be awarded) a Masters degree.
  • It is not a requirement that candidates have a Masters degree in Film and Television Studies (specialist ‘retraining’ courses are provided in the 1st year of PhD study for those with sizeable gaps in their knowledge of the discipline). However, candidates must have sufficient knowledge of their intended thesis topic to be able to provide a detailed PhD proposal (outlining the key research questions to be addressed and the provisional scope and structure of the project) as part of their application.
  • All applicants that we have a strong potential interest in will ultimately be interviewed in person or by telephone.
  • Anyone interested in applying to our MPhil/PhD programme is advised to first contact our PhD Admissions Tutor Dr James MacDowell to ascertain if their intended project can be supervised in this department. An indicative list of areas in the field of Film and Television Studies which the faculty here have particular specialist expertise can be found here. N.B. We strongly advise you to liaise with us BEFORE completing the online application for scholarships - see further details below.
  • You can fill in the PhD application form at or email our Postgraduate Admissions Secretary to request a hard copy of the application form and further printed information about graduate study in the Department of Film and Television Studies and the University of Warwick.

There is no official deadline for PhD applications, although there are specific deadlines for anyone thinking of applying for a scholarship. These usually occur in early January (in 2019 the deadline is 14 Jan for UK/EU students and 18 Jan for international students). To be eligible for the departmental scholarship you should have submitted your application by 1 March 2019. It is highly advised that you submit a draft of your application to the department by early December.

To be eligible for the Collaborative Doctoral Award The City in the Box, the Box in the City: The Role of the Television Archive in Cities of Culture, a colloboration between the Centre for Television History, Heritage and Memory Research, the Media Archive for Central England, and Illuminations, you should have submitted your application by 8 February 2019.

Fees and Funding Opportunities
    • Follow this link for information about the fees for our research degrees and this link for general information about funding opportunities for research students.
    • For UK/EU students, the primary funding opportunity is a 3.5-year AHRC scholarship, provided through the Midlands 4 Cities (M4C) consortium. The deadline for applications is 14 January 2019. In order to be entered into competition for this award you will need to fill in two forms: the university’s application form and one via the Midlands 4 Cities site. If you are unsuccessful in securing funding via this route, you will be entered into competition for further awards for which you may be eligible, including the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship and EU Chancellor’s Scholarship. Some guidance on how to complete the form can be found here.
    • 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 2019/10). All applicants 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. 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. This scholarship is only open to those applying to the Department of Film and Television Studies.
    • For non-EU international students, Warwick University runs its own special scholarship scheme: the Chancellor's International Scholarship. To be entered into competition for this award you will need to complete the university’s application form. The application deadline for this year’s competition is 23:59pm (GMT) on Friday 18th January 2019. All supporting documents (references and transcripts) must be uploaded by Friday 25th January 2019 at the latest. Many countries also have scholarship schemes which fund students studying higher degrees overseas and you should investigate if any such schemes exist in your country.