KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

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

Apply now

Overview

Culture, Media & Creative Industries at King's 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.

  • 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: 27

  • Current PhDs: 49

  • 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

Department Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries

Locations

 

Explore campuses


Applying for a PhD

In the heart of London

Watch our video for tips and advice on applying for an Arts & Humanities PhD at King's

Watch more videos

Course detail

Description

Culture, Media & Creative Industries (CMCI) at King's 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.

For further information, contact Dr Jessica Rapson.

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 Roberta Comunian, roberta.comunian@kcl.ac.uk

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

 

 

Contact email

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/Admissions-contact-form.aspx

Course website

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/cmci/study/pgr/index.aspx

Further literature link(s)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

CMCI Research Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  
  • A strong undergraduate degree ideally a Bachelors Degee with 1st Class honours. 

  • A Master's degree with high Merit/Distinction, with particularly high results (70% in the UK system) in the dissertation.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band C Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

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

Research proposal

The heart of your application is your research proposal. The ability to identify and propose a viable research project is a major indicator of your potential for doctoral study. This proposal should be a document of no more than 4 pages in which you explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. 

A good research proposal typically includes the following components: 

  • a clear statement of the proposed research question

  • an explanation of the importance and originality of the proposed topic. This may include a section on the lack or shortcomings of existing academic work in your proposed area

  • a section describing not only your proposed methodology but also an explanation of why this methodology is the most appropriate for the proposed topic 

  • a prospective chapter outline of the proposed thesis

  • a timetable showing a realistic plan, including critical milestones, for the completion of your research and writing within three years

  • a concluding section showing why this research should be conducted specifically here, within the CMCI programme at King’s College London, rather than anywhere else.

 

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

CMCI Research checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required
Research Proposal Yes The proposal should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Travel Plan Yes (Joint programme only) If applying for the joint programme please include the names of your supervisors from both institutions and include a completed travel plan form.
Other Yes Please your full CV (Resume) to help us to get a far more detailed view of you and your accomplishments

Course intake

No set number.

Joint PhDs - Application advice

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 Jessica Rapson 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 applications deadlines may be earlier. We will open applications for the corresponding intake in 2021 after the final deadline passes in 2020.

  • January 2020 entry – 25th October 2019 for International students and 2nd December 2019 for Home/EU students
  • April 2020 entry – 14th February 2020 for International and Home/EU students
  • October 2020 entry – 31st July 2020 for International students and 28th August 2020 for Home/EU students

Applications for 2021/22 academic year will open from October 2020.

 

 

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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £5,300 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,650 per year

International Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees:  £19,850 per year

Part time tuition fees: £9,950 per year

 

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees: £5,550 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,780 per year

International Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:  £20,820 per year

Part time tuition fees: £10,410 per year

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


Testimonials

Next steps

View our postgraduate guide

Learn more about postgraduate degree programmes at King's. Download our guide in PDF format or order a copy.

Download guide

Order guide

Sound like the course for you?

Apply now

Explore King’s

Accommodation Take a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses. 
Student life Art, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricular Discover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London living With four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.