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Postgraduate research opportunities

Research students are a vital part of the culture of CRFAC, which offers a lively, stimulating and supportive research community and environment within which to pursue postgraduate research. Many of CRFAC’s researchers are leading figures in their respective fields, who frequently work in partnership with prominent public institutions in the UK and abroad to co-ordinate the running of major conferences, film retrospectives, and other high-profile events.

Research students are supported by regular tutorials with their supervisory team. In addition, CRFAC offers a programme of regular study days, research seminars, and introduced screenings, as well as annual symposia and conferences, and all research students play an active role in these events. These activities are complemented by the rich programme of research methods training sessions for doctoral students run by the Graduate School, and by the highly successful Media, Culture and Language Postgraduate Forum (MCL Forum). This Forum, which is run by doctoral students for doctoral students within the Department of Media, Culture and Language, offers a vibrant, supportive space within which postgraduate research students can present their work alongside more established CRFAC researchers.

Doctoral researchers may also be invited to teach on some of Roehampton’s undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes, and to enrol on the PGCHE training course offered by the University. The Department of Media, Culture and Language also provides some funding for students’ research expenses, which enables them to attend conferences.

Regarding research funding: CRFAC welcomes expressions of interest in the AHRC TECHNE research studentship competition. These should be sent to MCLPhD@roehampton.ac.uk. Further information on the scheme can be found HERE.

Details of further funding opportunities are available on the Graduate School webpages.

Areas of CRFAC expertise include many fields of film studies, media studies, cultural studies, journalism, and photography:

  • Adaptation
  • American broadcasting
  • American television
  • Avant-garde film
  • British cinema
  • British TV drama
  • Broadcast criticism: radio and television
  • Celebrity studies
  • Cinema history
  • Cinemas of Western Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific
  • Cinema, television and associated entertainment industries
  • Cognitive approaches to film
  • Contemporary Hollywood
  • Contemporary television drama
  • Contemporary trends in mass media
  • Contemporary trends in the TV industry
  • Crime and media
  • Cult film and television
  • Cultural difference
  • Cultural politics
  • Cultural theory
  • Dark tourism
  • Deleuze and cinema
  • Digital cinema
  • Digitalisation of the mass media
  • Documentary film
  • Documentary practice
  • Documentary theory and history
  • Emotion and popular culture
  • Environmental journalism
  • European broadcasting
  • European cinema
  • European perspectives on the media
  • Experimental cinema
  • Feminism and popular culture
  • Film and music
  • Film censorship
  • Film history
  • Film philosophy
  • Film theory 
  • French cinema
  • Gender and cultural difference
  • Gender and popular culture
  • Gender and representation
  • Genre theory and analysis
  • Globalization of media and culture
  • Godard studies
  • Gothic film and television
  • History of popular culture in C19th and C20th Britain
  • Hollywood
  • Horror film and television
  • Identity     
  • Images of childhood
  • Images of femininity
  • Images of masculinity
  • Journalism and news studies
  • Journalism ethics
  • Law and order and crime in the media
  • Latin American cinema
  • Luce Irigaray
  • Market fragmentation, individualisation, concentration, and convergence
  • Marxist and Poststructuralist theory
  • Media and the globalisation/localisation discourse
  • Media and the public sphere
  • Media as industry (production, distribution, and consumption)
  • Media convergence and digital culture
  • Media history
  • Media policy and regulation
  • Media technologies
  • Mediatisation
  • Natural history in the media
  • New media industries
  • News     
  • News media and factual media
  • Organisation of the film and television industries
  • Political culture and the media
  • Political economy and the media
  • Popular cinema
  • Popular journalism
  • Popular television fictions
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Practice-as-research
  • Psychoanalysis and culture
  • ‘Race’ and ethnicity in the cinema
  • Realism and factual television
  • Reality TV and factual programming
  • Relationships between film or television and literature or theatre
  • Representations of identity in media and culture
  • Romantic comedies
  • Royalty in the press
  • Science fiction
  • Silent cinema
  • Sociology of news
  • Spanish cinema
  • Special effects 
  • Star studies
  • Stardom and performance in film and television
  • Television criticism
  • Tabloid culture
  • Television documentary
  • Television drama
  • Television flow
  • Television industry
  • Television policy
  • Theorising audience pleasures
  • Therapy culture
  • Transnational cinemas
  • Trauma and visual culture
  • Travel writing
  • Twentieth century London
  • Vampire mythology (folklore, literature, film and television)
  • World cinema
  • Youth/subcultures

For further information about the AHRC TECHNE research studentships, please contact the Research Degrees Convener, Dr Mark Jary. For general enquiries about postgraduate research opportunities in one or more of the areas listed above, please contact Professor Anita Biressi (for Media, Culture and Journalism) or Dr Deborah Jermyn (for Film and TV).