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PhD / MPhil Journalism

City's journalism research programme has a strong inter-disciplinary focus with research staff collaborating with universities across the UK and internationally.

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Key Information

Start date

End of September entry.

Duration

The minimum period of registration is two years for full-time students.

The maximum period of registration is four years for full-time students.

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £4,500 per year

Part-time: £2,250 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £12,000 per year

Part-time: £6,000 per year

Overview

The Department of Journalism has a distinguished reputation as one of the leading providers of journalism training and education in the UK.

Our team of highly-experienced academics are recognised not only for their leadership in journalism education, but also for their professional expertise. We enjoy very strong links with the journalism industry, including our high-profile professors, visiting lecturers, and guest speakers.

Our faculty has expertise in a broad range of journalism topics, including: history; ethics, law and regulation; practices and processes in a digital context; effects of/on globalisation; representation and democratisation; business and leadership; scholarship of teaching and learning in journalism.

Research in Journalism at City has a strong inter-disciplinary focus and our research staff collaborate with academic staff at universities across the UK and internationally.

Requirements

Entry requirements

You should have a track record of high academic achievement, demonstrated by a good undergraduate degree with a second class (upper division) pass or equivalent. A Masters-level degree in an academic discipline related is advisable. In exceptional cases, professional qualifications and experience in the proposed research area may compensate for the lack of a Master's degree.

English requirements

For students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a postgraduate course of study:

  • A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAA.
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA.
  • GCE O-level/GCSE English language or English literature, grade C minimum.
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) at grade C or above.
  • An overall score of 7.0 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) including 7.0 in writing with a minimum of 6.0 for each other subtest.
  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language which satisfies the board of studies concerned.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Structure

Students on graduate research programmes are initially registered for the degree of MPhil. Promotion to registration to PhD is not automatic, but contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a review process. This normally takes place towards the end of the first year of registration for full-time candidates and towards the end of the second year for part-time candidates. If the outcome is satisfactory, the student will be upgraded to PhD.

The programme will conclude with submission of your research in the form of a PhD thesis and attendance at a viva voce examination in front of at least two examiners, at least one of whom will be external to City.

For full details about City, University of London's PhD programme structure, please see the Guide for Research Students.

Funding options

Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.

PhD Studentship 2017/18

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to announce a PhD Fee Waiver Scheme for 2017/18. Applications are sought from exceptional UK and international graduates who have the potential to produce cutting edge research that will contribute to the research excellence of our core departments.

Find out more about the PhD Fee Waiver Scheme

Support

Supervision

Each of our research students is provided with a supervisory panel, including a designated lead supervisor.

Training

Students on graduate research programmes are initially registered for the degree of MPhil. Promotion to registration to PhD is not automatic, but contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a review process. This normally takes place towards the end of the first year of registration for full-time candidates and towards the end of the second year for part-time candidates. If the outcome is satisfactory, the student will be upgraded to PhD.

The programme will conclude with submission of your research in the form of a PhD thesis and attendance at a viva voce examination in front of at least two examiners, at least one of whom will be external to City.

How to apply

We accept applications on an ongoing basis for entry in late September. There is no formal application deadline, but it is advisable to apply as early as possible due to the limited availability of supervisors.

To apply online, you will need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • Your research proposal (max 3 sides of A4)
  • Official work e-mail addresses (not private ones) for two academic referees (or one academic and one professional referee where appropriate)
  • Copies of your degree transcripts and certificates (originals or certified copies)
  • Proof of your English language proficiency (if applicable).

When this information is received the application will be assessed by the relevant academic staff. Further information or an interview may be required. The applicant will be contacted if this is the case. The outcome will be reported to the applicant as soon as is practicable.