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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. The PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies is our first degree, and it allows students to pursue research projects in line with the core aims of the Centre. Students applying to this programme will draw from more than one discipline in conducting their research, and often seek to combine or innovate at the level of research method. Contemporary challenges often fall between or cut across disciplinary expertise and this degree is designed to meet these challenges.

PhD in Media and Communication

This programme is offered in collaboration with Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies (CCMPS). The programme is for students who wish to engage directly with the field of contemporary media. Students on this programme are able to combine research supervision with members in CIM and CCMPS and will have access to the research commuities of both Centres. If you wish to apply for this degree, you will need to apply through the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies .

PhD in Urban Science and Progress

This programme is offered in collaboration with the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities. The programme is for students who wish to engage directly with the field of urban science. More information about this degree, including application deadlines, is available via the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities website.


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

What are our current students researching?

Being part of CIM means being exposed to cutting-edge research that may look very different to your own project. Students in our current PhD cohort come from very different backgrounds and combine different research methods. Some work with data, while others are engaged in theoretical or design-inspired approaches. Others rely on ethnographic approaches or experiments. Being around a diverse cohort will expose you to the range of possible research methods, and enable you to have a better sense of strengths and limits of your own research approach.

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

  • 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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