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Film, media and journalism research

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework for Art and Design research, we were ranked 4th nationally with world-leading achievements for environment, impact and outputs.

Our research encompasses film, television, digital media and culture, artistic and curatorial practice, and journalism. 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. We are thoroughly interdisciplinary, incorporating both historical research and contemporary explorations of our rapidly-changing media landscapes.

We work with a wide range of partners, including the V&A, the Institute of Contemporary ArtsUniversity of PittsburghBFIScience and Media MuseumLux CinemaTate 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.

We support a large postgraduate community, with a portfolio of specialist MA degrees and an MPhil/PhD programme. Postgraduate study is energised by innovative doctoral training events, courses and internship opportunities.


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


Information for staff and students