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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

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 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.

Apply for research programmes in Digital Media

Research supervisors


Open for admission in 2019/20

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


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.


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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,407 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,203 (part-time)
  • International: £14,500 (full-time)

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.

There is a small continuation fee to be paid for the writing-up period. The continuation fee is partly reimbursed, if you submit in less than one year (full-time) or less than two years (part-time).

Doctoral Loan

UK and EU 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.

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 PC’s 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.

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). 

International students

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 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.