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Culture, Media & Creative Industries Research MPhil/PhD (including the option of joint PhD with Humboldt University, Berlin)

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  • REF rankings 2014: 1st in the UK for power. 80% of our research was deemed to be world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) standard. We received an outstanding score for the impact of our research and were ranked third of the Russell Group universities.

  • Current staff: 25.

  • Current PhDs: 36.

  • Research funded by:

    • London Arts and Humanities Research Council (LAHP)
    • London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC)
    • National and regional governments and funding bodies
  • Recent publications:

    • Creating Preschool Television: A story of commerce, creativity and curriculum by Jeanette Steemers
    • Hollywood Stardom by Paul McDonald
    • Topographies of Suffering: Buchenwald, Babi Yar, Lidice by Jessica Rapson
    • Multimedia Stardom in Hong Kong: Image, performance and identity by Wing-Fai Leung
    • Duke Ellington's America by Harvey Cohen
    • The Aesthetic Economy: Markets in Clothing and Fashion Modelling by Jo Entwistle
    • Repudiating Feminism by Christina Scharff
    • Screenwriting: Creative labour and professional practice by Bridget Conor
    • The Social Inheritance of the Holocaust: gender, culture and memory by Anna Reading
    • Visual Culture by Richard Howells

Key information

Duration Expected to be PhD three years FT. September to September, January to January or April to April.

Study mode Full-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London / King's and Humboldt for joint programme

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of Culture, Media and Creative Industries



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CMCI carries out world-leading research across the field of culture, media and the analysis of particular creative industries. Specialisms include cultural work, creative cities, visual cultures, popular culture, cultural and creative industries policy, cultural management, entrepreneurship and cultural production, cultural regeneration, cultural history, culture and identity, and inter-sectionally and culture. Our approach is international in perspective and is characterised by a productive engagement of the theoretical and empirical.

CMCI is also developing, in concert with Digital Humanities, research into digital cultures, particularly into social networks, digital identities and digital activism.

We work in an inter-disciplinary mode: although we are based in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, much of our research has roots in the social sciences.

Joint PhDs - Benefits of collaboration

Our joint PhD programme with the Humboldt University Berlin offers students the opportunity to enjoy full supervision at both institutions. The Joint-PhD also organises international colloquia and workshops at which students can present and discuss their work with peers and academic staff across the institutions involved. The programme builds on an extensive network of existing institutional links, joint teaching experience and collaborative graduate programmes between King’s and the partners universities.

Applications are welcome from across a whole range of areas in culture, media and creative industries with a substantial German element.

Head of group/division

Dr Sarah Atkinson

Contact for information

Dr Bridget Conor,

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1649 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200



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Further literature

Departmental brochure.

Further literature link(s)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Applicants will normally have:

  • a strong undergraduate degree ideally a Bachelors Degee with 1st Class honours (or international equivalent) 
  • A Master's degree with high Merit/Distinction  (or international equivalent), with particularly high results (70% in the UK system)in the dissertation.

Application is very competitive for these programmes, so meeting these requirements will not guarantee entry: the research proposal, and the fit with staff expertise, is the critical criterion for our assessment of an application.

Applicants with relevant work/life experience who do not strictly meet the academic entry requirements may also be considered.

Application procedure

Please send us a copy of your curriculum vitae (resumé) and a brief outline of your research topic. We will initially assess whether supervision would be available within your research area, and whether to proceed with a full application. Your final application must include a detailed research proposal.

Full details of the application process for the PhD, together with other useful information about working towards a PhD with us, can be found on our website at

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake

No set number.

Joint PhDs - Application advicee

Applicants for the joint PhD programme must contact the relevant departments at both universities before submitting an application in order to discuss the suitability of their topic for the joint programme and to locate potential supervisors. Applications should initially be submitted to the proposed home institution only, ie where the student will start and finish their programme. Students should note that acceptance onto the programme may take slightly longer than for single-institution PhDs because of the additional steps involved. Further details, including FAQs, can be found on the King’s Worldwide web pages.

Applicants who choose King’s as their home institution should apply through the online system, selecting the appropriate Joint PhD option from the drop-down list. In addition to the standard supporting documentation, applicants should submit a Travel Plan form indicating how they intend to divide their time between the two partner institutions. Students must spend a specified amount of time in each institution, details of which can be found in the ‘Notes’ section of the Travel Plan form.

It is recommended that students submit applications for the Joint PhD programme by the end of March to begin the following September.

We encourage you to make early and initial contact with the CMCI PhD Admissions Tutor Dr Joanne Entwistle with a full draft application. The CMCI admission tutor will advise whether your research can, in principle, be carried out with us.

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

  • September 2017 entry - Application deadline: 30th July 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd September 2017 for Home/EU students
  • January 2018 entry - Application deadline: 29th October 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd December 2017 for Home/EU students
  • April 2018 entry - Application deadline: 18th February 2018 for Overseas/Home/EU students

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2017/18

Full time tuition fees: £4,800 per annum

Part time tuition fees: £2,400 per annum

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


International Tuition Fees 2017/18

Full time tuition fees:  £17,850 p.a.               

Part time tuition fees: £8,925 p.a.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Financial help and support

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