12 fully-funded PhD scholarships within the Faculty of Creative Industries

February 5, 2016


The University of South Wales is delighted to invite applications for 12 fully-funded PhD scholarships within the Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI).

FCI is one of the largest faculties of its kind in the UK and enjoys close relationships with the creative industries in Wales, the UK and internationally. Based in Cardiff, a fast-growing media hub for film, television and the arts, the faculty will shortly open its Atrium 2 building with state-of the art facilities for creative industries teaching.

Our research is housed in the Creative Industries Research Institute and its centres of excellence, namely:

In REF 2014, 65% of the faculty’s research in UoA D35 Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts (including media and cultural studies) and 75% of research in UoA D34 Art & Design (as part of the joint submission from WIRAD) were rated either internationally excellent (3*) or world-leading (4*). These scholarships represent a major investment in the next generation of creative industries scholars and research, and is integral to the University’s planning for the next REF exercise.

This call is open to all scholars with research interests in creative industries and we welcome applicants employing a range of methods and (inter)disciplinary approaches. However we are particularly keen to hear from people working in the following areas:

  • Documentary film and photography (including curatorial and practice as research projects)
  • Drama (including radio and television drama, and set design)
  • Media and culture in small nations
  • Performance (including community arts; performance and heritage)
  • Popular music
  • Media and cultural studies (including audiences & fandom; gender; popular culture and horror; policy; and place)
  • Television studies
Scholarship details

3 years full-time fees will be paid by the University, together with a bursary of £14,000 per annum (no inflation increase) which includes the requirement to undertake up to a maximum of 6 hours teaching per week in the faculty commensurate with the candidate’s experience and expertise. Successful applicants will be offered research methods training and support to develop their professional teaching skills.


The closing date for applications is March 4th 2016. Interviews will be held in late March 2016. Expected start date: April 2016.


Home/EU graduates are eligible to apply. Applicants should hold a first-class or upper second class degree in a relevant subject, and should normally have either a MA or MSc in a relevant subject.


Please visit: http://gro.southwales.ac.uk/next-step/ and select one of the following options when applying through the online portal: MPhil / PhD (Media), MPhil / PhD (Drama) or MPhil / PhD (Music).

Applicants should submit a research proposal outlining the research questions, theoretical framework, methods and timeframe for completion of the research. Proposals should clearly explain the original contribution to knowledge.

Advice on preparing a research proposal can be found here: http://gro.southwales.ac.uk/information-applicant/


Applicants are welcome to contact Prof. Richard Hand (richard.hand@southwales.ac.uk) to discuss proposals and supervision ahead of formal submission.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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