Apply for PhD or Research Masters in Film, Media and Cultural studies at Newcastle

Film, Media and Cultural Studies

Why a PhD or Research Masters in Film, Media and Cultural studies at Newcastle?

Film, Media and Cultural Studies (FMCS) at the University of Newcastle offers a wide range of research experience and supervision expertise. 

FMCS PhD and MPhil candidates undertake research work enabling the development of important transferable personal and professional postgraduate skills including: high-level information sourcing, processing and interpreting, critical analysis, lateral thinking, adaptability, oral and written communication, creativity and initiative, and institutional engagement.

 Why a PhD or Research Masters in Film, Media and Cultural studies 

You will benefit from our strengths in film theory and history; television studies; gender and sexuality in the media; film and philosophy, popular music and culture; the Internet and social media; audiences and consumption; identity and taste in consumer culture; media structures and institutions; and new media technologies.

FMCS is a small but productive discipline of researchers publishing in diverse, often interdisciplinary areas, such as sociology, literature, history, philosophy, and creative and performing arts. Recent research outputs in the discipline include books, book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as a range of other diverse publications.

What you can Research

Research proposals are invited in the following areas:

  • Film theory and history
  • Television studies
  • Gender and sexuality in the media
  • Popular music and culture
  • European cinema
  • The Internet and social media
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Contemporary world cinema
  • Race and ethnicity in media cultures
  • Identity and taste in consumer culture
  • Media structures and institutions
  • New media technologies 

Research Methodologies

Textual analysis; theory; content analysis; genre analysis; feminist studies; authorship studies; critical discourse analysis; institution studies; audience and reception studies; political economy; postcolonial studies; visual ethnography; web- and on-site archive research; historical and contextual analysis.

Find a supervisor

Before you apply, contact a supervisor for discussion on possible research projects. This will allow you to frame your proposal to align with established disciplines and areas of supervisor capacity.

  • Associate Professor Marjorie Kibby:  Popular music and culture; the Internet, social media and digital labour; popular culture; media representations of identity; new media technologies; gender in the media; web-based research, teaching and learning.
  • Dr Hamish Ford (Head of Discipline): Film theory and history; Post-war European cinema, cinema and philosophy; post-colonial studies; contemporary world cinema; film modernism; documentary cinema; race and ethnicity in media cultures; politics and media culture. 
  • Dr Rebecca Beirne: Television studies; gender, sexuality and LGBTIQ studies; film studies; media audiences and consumption; race and ethnicity in media cultures; postcolonial studies; documentary film and television; popular culture; media institutions; comics and graphic novels.

How to apply


Current Graduate Studies

There are a number of research projects being undertaken by graduate students in the area of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle. Take a look some of the current topics:

  • Contesting the 'Obsolete': An Investigation of Small-Scale Music Practitioners in Australia
  • Where in the World is Andy Lau? Putting the 'Popular' Back into Studies of Hong Kong Popular Entertainment
  • The Return of the 1920s in Recent Television and Film