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MPhil/PhD in Cultural Policy Studies/Creative Industries/Media and Communication (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Codes
  • P-W4PB
  • P-P300 (Media and Communication)
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Qualification
  • MPhil/PhD
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 3-4 years
  • Part-time: up to 7 years
  • Department of Study
  • School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures
  • CIM


On our PhD in Cultural Policy Studies/Creative Industries/Media and Communication you will examine real world problems in the media, cultural and creative industries. With a distinctive research approach, Warwick's Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies will allow you to excel.


Our Research degree routes encapsulate specialisms in the media and creative industries and cultural policy.

The Centre does not have a prescriptive approach to research methodology and advocates a subject-led approach with appropriate methods selected and adapted according to the objectives of the research. Research methods are likely to be diverse and individualised rather than following a collective 'best practice' model.

This is exemplified by our MPhil/PhD route in Media and Communication, which includes the option of joint supervision with colleagues from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM).

As a research student in CMPS you will be expected to make an original contribution to your field by critically reviewing existing knowledge and by challenging current assumptions and orthodoxies in cultural policy and the media and creative industries. Your research should be a personal journey which engages with issues and ideas you feel are significant and which are challenging and relevant to those working in and on the media and cultural sector.

Find your supervisor
Students wishing to pursue the PhD by Media and Communication route can also search for supervision within the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies.

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Areas for PhD supervision

Management and Creativity; Intellectual Property and the Creative Economy; Digital Media and Digital Memory; Cultural and Media Organisations; Global Media Industries and Policies; Creative Enterprise; Arts, Media and Sustainable Development; Implicit cultural policy research; Cultural Policy; The Value of Culture; Cities, Spaces and National Identities; Structure and Agency in the Museums and Galleries Sector; Cultural Taste and the Sociology of Culture; Cultural Work; Transnational Screen Media; Media, Gender, Emotion and Ageing; Memory Studies, Archives and Popular Heritage; Media Policy and the Environment; Pedagogy, Creativity and Storytelling.

For students interested in the PhD by Media and Communication route, additional supervision areas can be found under the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies.


Our PhD students are supervised by experienced researchers and specialists in the fields of cultural policy, media and creative industries.

You will join a vibrant and growing community of PhD researchers, supported by regular one-to-one supervision, work-in-progress and research seminars, as well as having the opportunity to organise and contribute to research events focussed on your interests. Centre students have full access to the PhD training provided by the Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence and Warwick Careers & Skills to augment your research and enhance your professional development.


Entry requirements 2:i undergraduate degree and Master's degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.