Film, Media, Journalism and International Relations

Best Business Communication School (international) 2009, Public Relations Council of India Annual Awards

PHD in International Media

Film, Media, International Relations & Journalism is a lively and demanding environment in which to undertake postgraduate study in the areas of Film, Media, Public Relations or Journalism. We offer an internationally-renowned portfolio of taught MSc/Diploma programmes that have direct relevance to the needs of the global media industry. All research activity is coordinated by the Stirling Media Research Institute (SMRI).

Research Opportunities

Our research interests include:

  • International Relations

Research degree programmes are available to PhD and MPhil level and may be followed part-time.

Initial research training, provided through the MRes in Media Research, is both cross-disciplinary and designed for students coming straight from an undergraduate degree, as well as students returning to academia after spending time as media practitioners.

Our Graduate School is also strongly international with current research students from the UK and a dozen other countries around the world. We welcome students from both arts and social sciences backgrounds.

Film, Media, International Relations & Journalism has an internationally-recognised and diverse research profile and offers supervision across a range of topics.

For a comprehensive list of current research interests, visit

For further information on the Stirling Media Research Institute, visit

Research Proposal

Any research proposal should outline a clear research question or set of questions and include evidence of the wider context within which the proposed research is situated; suggest what methods would be used and provide an indicative bibliography.

Entrance Requirements

For entry to the doctoral programme students are expected to have a good Honours degree (the equivalent of an upper second class or better from a UK university), supportive academic references and a well-developed research proposal. Would-be doctoral students are usually admitted at Master’s level and are expected to satisfactorily complete two chapters in their first year before being upgraded to PhD status.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency, such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill) or TOEFL 577/233/90.

RAE Rating

We are ranked top in Scotland, 12th in UK, by the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

95 percent of our research is classed as of international standard, with 70 percent in the top two categories, ‘World-leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’.

Mode of Study

Full-time or part-time (many students spend periods of time away from Stirling collecting data in their own or other countries).

Programme Start Date

The normal start date is October.


Bursaries are offered annually. Visit our website for specific details.

Film, Media & Journalism has Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognition and students can apply for either ESRC or Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships depending on their subject area.

For information on possible sources of funding, visit: Postgraduate Finance

Research Contact

Marie O’Brien
Tel: +44 (0) 1786 467520

Courses Taught by the Department

Digital Media, Publishing and Law
Film Studies
Media and Culture
Strategic Public Relations and Communications Management (Delivered with University Lund, Sweden)
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