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Our research

Research in the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies

Our research encompasses journalism, film and television, artistic practice and arts management, and digital media, culture and design. Our work is critically engaged, challenging conventional assumptions about the functions and influence of media and culture, scrutinising institutions, organisations and work practices in the creative industries, and rethinking what media can mean and do.

We place particular emphasis on practice-based research, in which ideas and issues are investigated through activities such as creative film-making and digital design. The department is thoroughly interdisciplinary, and incorporates both historical research and contemporary explorations of our rapidly-changing media landscapes.

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework for Art and Design research the department was ranked 4th nationally with world-leading achievements for environment (90%), impact (67%) and outputs (65%).

We work with a wide range of partners, including the V&A, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, University of Pittsburgh, BFIScience and Media MuseumLux Cinema, Tate BritainMedia Reform CoalitionAction on Armed Violence and Electra, and the facilities available to staff and students include the Vasari Research Centre, the Birkbeck Cinema, the Peltz Gallery and the Derek Jarman Lab.

Research centres and networks

Our academics and researchers work together via a wide range of networks, groups and societies. These cut across departments, subjects and areas of expertise, to encourage and enable innovative, interdisciplinary research. 

Research projects


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