Digital Media research degrees

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Our programmes

Research in Digital Media at the University of Hull is very wide ranging and interdisciplinary and covers topics as diverse as social media, e-learning, digital curation and human-computer interaction. We employ a real-world approach, which makes a contribution to the creative economy nationally and internationally.

Our research falls broadly into two key themes

  • Digital Creativity
  • Media and Memory Research Initiative (MaMRI)

During the three-year PhD programme (five years part-time) you will research and write a dissertation of 70,000 to 100,000 words on a topic chosen in conjunction with your supervisor.


Digital Creativity

Our postgraduate research programmes in Digital Media offer students the opportunity to critically and creatively engage with a diverse range of the very latest issues and developments in digital media. Cutting edge facilities and equipment, including Apple Mac-based laboratories, professional software and industry-standard digital media production facilities, are available to you 24/7. You will be guided by leading experts who will support you when it comes to making critical choices about the direction of your studies.

Some of our current areas of research include the way that humans and computers interact, virtual environments, digital archiving, eLearning, the use of social media in activism, semantic web technologies and cyber security. Our programmes are interdisciplinary in scope and reflect our commitment to socially engaged research. We support students’ development into articulate and critical thinkers who are acutely aware of the ways in which their work engages with current critical scholarship, new and emerging technology, social issues and debates within the contemporary media culture landscape.

  • Converge and Remediation of Codes among Media: TV, Cinema, Comic-Books
  • Designing for Human-Computer Interaction
  • Design and Narrative Aspects within Virtual Environments.
  • Interaction with Computer generated agents in fictional and entertainment products
  • Digital Preservation and Archiving
  • Information and Knowledge Representation, Management and Visualisation
  • Semantic Web and Agent Technologies
  • Sociocultural Aspects of Digital Media
  • Technology Support for eLearning, eBusiness, eGovernment,
  • eHealth  and the Natural Sciences
  • Media-user interaction and cross-cultural (mis)readings
  • Use of Collaborative Platforms to Facilitate Community Engagement and Action
  • The Use of Internet Technologies for Applied and Interactive Performance, Arts and Activism
  • Trust and Security in Virtual Organisations and Communities.

Media and Memory Research Initiative (MaMRI)

The Media and Memory Research Initiative’s mission is to serve as a centre of excellence for research on the collection, preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of mediated memories, especially those that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect or association with emerging areas of interest. MaMRI is dedicated to serving its community of researchers by providing both a physical environment for people working on related areas as well as online resources for the presentation of research on mediated memories. It also facilitates other activities related to these purposes. This research initiative aims to take a proactive pedagogical stance to help establish the study of memory in an evermore-mediated global culture.


  • Dr Darren Mundy
  • Robert Consoli
  • Jason Hayhurst
  • Dr Manuel Hernandez-Perez
  • Dr Chris Newell
  • Darren Stephens

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Application deadline: We accept applications throughout the year to enable you to start at the next available academic year.

Research options

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £12,800 (full-time)

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all Digital Media research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

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Next steps


For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

Entry requirements

A good first degree preferably in Digital Media related subject areas, 2.1 or above is desirable but not essential. All applicants will be interviewed.

International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.


The School of Arts at the University of Hull is committed to providing a student experience which is second to none.

Students have the opportunity to develop practical skills and intellectual understanding to a very high level. Our graduates often go on to become highly-regarded professionals in the cultural industries, in education, and in related professions.