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PhD research is a central and exciting part of the Department of Media and Communication research culture.

We offer a broad range of research skills that are tailored to the needs of the individual student who may be undertaking study in (but not limited to) communications studies, media studies, journalism studies, digital arts, cultural studies, or film studies. These include time and project management, writing and communication skills, research methodologies, methods and ethics.

We also support interdisciplinary research that draws upon a variety of fields of expertise within the Humanities and Social Sciences cluster, including research into China Studies, International Relations, Linguistics, and Education. Our ongoing series of research seminars provides a forum for PhD students to share ideas and receive feedback from our team of experts in the field.

As part of our programme of professional development, we offer PhD students the opportunity to shadow a member of staff for one semester in order to develop their teaching skills, as well as opportunities to provide teaching assistance. You will join an exciting and dynamic research community that facilitates leading-edge research opportunities.

Our PhD programme is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool, based at XJTLU. Upon successful completion of your programme you will receive a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool, which is recognised by the UK’s Department of Education as well as China’s Ministry of Education.

The normal length of full-time PhD programme is three years. At the end of three years’ full-time study, you can apply for an extension of one year to complete the writing of your dissertation. Part-time PhD degrees usually take four to seven years.

As a registered full-time PhD student, you have the opportunity to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months. Your accommodation and travel fees will be covered by XJTLU and the University of Liverpool.

Full-time PhD students are funded to attend local and international conferences during their studies.

Key benefits of PhD study at XJTLU:

  • Our PhD programme equips you with a range of professional skills to help you maximise your future employability
  • Our supervisors will guide you through one of the most intellectually satisfying experiences of your life
  • Supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool
  • PhD students have dedicated travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and develop crucial academic skills.

Please check the FAQ for further information about studying for a PhD at XJTLU.

Potential supervisors

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Scholarships are available to candidates who wish to pursue a research degree at the Department of Media and Communication in the following areas:

  • Digital/New media: Citizen Media, Digital and new media, Digital archives, Digital ethics, Digital sociology, Mobile media content, New media and governance, Online activism, Online Literature
  • Film, television and visual culture: Adaptation queer screen and ethnic celebrity culture, Film aesthetics, Film theory, European cinema, Global media flows and televisual globalisation, Television studies, Visual and intercultural communication
  • Journalism: Global journalism, Investigative Journalism, Journalism and public relations, News framing, News censorship, Political Journalism
  • Media and Communication: Affect theory, Attention economy, Content development, Globalisation and the media, Global media and entertainment, Intermediality studies, Media and communication policy, Media regulation and law, Media systems and societies, Media theory, Political communication, Science communication
  • Media and Culture: Art history, Cultural and creative industries (CCIs), Cultural and media policy, Cultural history, Cultural studies, Feminism studies, Gender and sexual globalisation, Gender and sexuality in popular and public discourses, Grassroots publics, and participatory practices, Medical humanities, Orientalist and occidentalist imaginaries, Pop culture in Chinese, Sinophone and East Asian societies, Posthumanism, Transcultural audience research, Transdisciplinary research in the intersections of art and philosophy with publicly engaged practice

There will be two application rounds for each academic year:

First round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 October will be reviewed in the first round and the decision will be announced in December.

Second round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 April will be reviewed in the second round and the decision will be announced in June.

Go to Scholarship page and find more information about how to apply for the scholarships.