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Digital Media research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MA by Thesis PhD

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About our programmes

  • Research in Digital Media at the University of Hull is wide-ranging and interdisciplinary, covering topics as diverse as immersive design, narrative and animation, human-computer interaction, games design, commercial design and visual communication.

    We employ a real-world approach, developing projects that make a contribution to the creative economy nationally and internationally often with a practical component.

    We endeavour to support students’ development into articulate and critical thinkers who are acutely aware of the ways in which their work engages with current scholarship, new and emerging technology, social issues and debates within the contemporary media culture landscape.

    Our research falls into three overlapping themes:

    Digital Creativity and Creative Practice – design, gaming, narrative and animation
    Health and Education related digital design - virtual reality, speech interaction and gamification applied to specific health and educational domains
    Digital commerce – digital and social media marketing, digital business strategies and digital transformation

    As a design and arts discipline, we do not expect high levels of technical proficiency in our researchers however a willingness to engage with advanced digital technologies is paramount. Some applicants are digital specialists and others are specialists in other areas that overlap with digital design from diverse domains including journalism, psychology, film-making and graphics.

    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.

    Apply for research programmes in Digital Media


Open for admission in 2022/23

Full time Part time
MA by Thesis 1 year* 2 years*
PhD 3 years* 5 years*

* plus writing-up time

Start in January, May or September


MA in Digital Media by Thesis

This is a one year programme (two years part-time). You will research and write a dissertation of less of 50,000 words on a topic chosen in conjunction with your principal supervisor as well as other members of the digital media staff. You will choose from a range of postgraduate training module(s) appropriate to your research experience and training.

We are open to the full range of digital media research topics with staff able to support anything from commercial design practice, games design, UX, animation, digital art, performance art and installations. We thrive on off the wall research as well as conventional academic proposals.

For an informal discussion please send a short summary of your proposed research (500 words) to

PhD in Digital Media

This is a three year 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. You will choose from a range of postgraduate training module(s) appropriate to your research experience and training.

For an informal discussion please send a short summary of your proposed research (500 words) to Dr Darren Mundy.

At present we are particularly interested in PhD proposals in these areas:

  • Transmedia narratives and cross-cultural readings, (starting with but not limited to) manga and anime products.
  • E-learning and virtual learning technologies
  • The design of speech-based interaction particularly with regard to accessibility
  • Immersive design and virtual reality particularly when applied to educational or health-related domains such as dementia.
  • Visual communication


Fees and funding


Full time: £4,596 per year

Part time: £2,298 per year


Full time: £15,200 per year

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit the fees and funding page.

The standard length of a full-time PhD programme is three years, or five years part-time, plus 'writing-up'.

For full-time students, writing up typically takes about three months but may be extended to one year without further paperwork. For part-time students, writing up typically takes one year, but may be extended to two years without further paperwork.

If you need to move into the writing up period of your research degree, you will be liable to pay a continuation fee if you don’t submit within the first three months after the end of your research period (full-time) or six months (part-time). Whilst you can take up to 12 months (full-time) and 20 months (part-time) to write-up your thesis, the expectation is that you submit within 3 months (full-time) and 6 months (part-time).

The fees for the writing up period are:

0-3 months into writing up period - £0
0-6 months (part-time) into writing up period - £0
Full time study - £230 every three months thereafter
Part time study - £230 every six months thereafter

The writing up fees will increase by inflation each year.

Doctoral Loan

UK students who haven’t secured a scholarship can take out a Doctoral Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. They provide up to £26,445 for full-time and part-time PhDs in all subject areas.

EU students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Additional costs

There are some extra costs that you may have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary:

  • Student visas (international students).
  • Books (you’ll have access to many books through the University library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
  • Optional conference/field/archive/library trips (Faculties support some travel and conference attendance financially. Details vary. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PCs on campus, but you may want to buy your own).
  • Printing and photocopying (There is a printing allowance in place for all students, currently £20 a year. Some Faculties grant PGR students access to printing and photocopying as staff. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Professional-body membership.
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography).

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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.

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The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Doctoral College provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject or related Arts or Humanities subject.

You should submit a sample of your written work in the relevant subject of at least 4000 words (for MA by Research) and at least 10,000 words (for PhD).

With your application, you should also submit a research proposal that should be tailored to your research area and should include the following:

  • project title,
  • project synopsis (of c. 500 words),
  • series of research questions,
  • discussion of research context,
  • consideration of the research methods and methodology to be employed,

Research proposals should not exceed 1500 words in length (excluding bibliography). 

How to apply

  1. Choose the advanced degree programme that most suits your needs and ambitions
  2. Think about the topic you would like to research
  3. Write a short 500 word summary and send it to (MA in Digital Media by Thesis) or (PhD in Digital Media).
  4. We will arrange a video conference or telephone conversation to have an informal chat and to make sure we have the staff expertise to support your proposal
  5. We will help you write a formal research proposal to submit with your application
  6. While you are waiting for a response look into all the funding options available to you and contact us with any further questions

International students

If you require a 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 academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.