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PhD Programmes

CIM offers doctoral students the opportunity to carry out an interdisciplinary research programme of their own design. Through our wide in-house expertise, as well as the links we foster with other departments, we offer a stimulating environment that will challenge and support you throughout your study.

We offer the following PhD programmes:

PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies This programme allows you to think outside the box and pursue original and innovative interdisciplinary research.

Disciplinary and interdisciplinary work are inextricably linked rather than being opposed. In developing a research proposal you need to identify a clear research focus and say how and to what end disciplines and interdisciplinarity will be linked in your study.

PhD in Media and Communication in collaboration with Centre for Cultural Policy Studies. This programme is for students who wish to engage directly with the field of contemporary media.

PhD in Urban Science and Progress in collaboration with the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities. This programme is for students who wish to engage directly with the field of urban science. Closing date is the 1st of December 2017, find out more and apply via WISC pages.

Alongside supervision, as a student in any of these programmes you will be able to participate in training in interdisciplinary research, conferences, workshops and activities linked to our annual theme. This year’s theme is ‘Out of Data’:

Our academic staff are also able to co-supervise students engaging in PhD study in other departments across the University.

There are a range of scholarships for which you may be eligible and that we can discuss further with you if you are interested:



CTD in Urban Science:

University scholarships:

The Alan Turing Institute:

Contact Dr Nate Tkacz, N dot Tkacz at warwick dot ac dot uk for guidance on proposal development, finding a supervisor, information about scholarships and how to apply.

If you wish to be considered for nomination by CIM for one of the following scholarships you must have made an application to CIM by 10 December 2017 at the latest.



University scholarships:

These scholarships are highly competitive and unfortunately we are only able to nominate a small number of applicants for each. We cannot consider nominating anyone who has not identified a supervisor or submitted an application by 10 December 2017. Please consult your potential supervisor for more information and support in preparing your application. You will be informed as to whether we are able to nominate you for consideration for a scholarship by late December.

Some of the topics currently being studied by doctoral students in CIM are:

  • Twitter, the City and the Gut: Re-Writing the City Landscape with Health-related Knowledge

  • Disruptive Cartographies: Manoeuvres, Risk and Navigation

  • The Dashboard and the Stack: The Post-Fordist Reconfiguration of Work through Dashboard interfaces

  • Digital Economies and the Public: Analysing Social Media, Online Metrics and Value Production in the 2014 Uruguayan Political Campaign

  • Complex Art Practices and the Phenomenon of Cultural Iridescence

  • Understanding Cryptocurrencies as Political Devices

  • Meme Theory

  • An Exploration of Freedom and Surveillance in Cybernetic and Anarchist Approaches to Self-organization in Transhuman Techno-utopias

  • Understanding Hashtags

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