Study Opportunities

CCMS offers MPhils and PhDs through full-time or part-time study. Our MA by Research in Media, Culture and Communication offers graduates the opportunity to undertake their own research project. We also offer taught MA programmes in Investigative Journalism, Interactive Journalism, International Journalism and Multi-platform Radio .


Each year the Faculty of Creative Industries hosts a postgraduate conference. This is an opportunity for research students to talk about their research project within a supportive and scholarly environment. It is designed to help students develop their presentation skills, evaluate their progress, and contribute to the scholarly development of their colleagues.

Visit the conference webpage for details about this year’s conference.


Current research students:

  • Julie Benson: The Representation of the Female Action Hero in Multi-platform Narrative.
  • Alex Brady: Celebrity in Small Nations.
  • Simon Dancey: International Cultural Policy.
  • Zachary Finley: Management Structure in the Games Industry
  • Amy Genders: “Arts Programming“http://artsontelevision.wordpress.com/
  • Abdel Wahab Himmat: _ The Sudanese Communist Party._
  • Laura Jones: The family home as a space to revisit children’s television: Intergenerational memory, nostalgia and The Clangers.
  • Yassine Ali: Race, Asylum and Media Representation in Contemporary Welsh Television.
  • James Campbell: Courting Media Support for War: A Comparative Analysis of UK Government Media Agenda-building During the Suez 1956 and Iraq (2003) Conflicts.
  • Matthew Chilcott: Digital Inclusion and New Media Technologies.
  • Shanshan Ren: Breaking Stereotypes: The Internet, Modern Chinese Media and Democratisation.
  • Alexandros Valsmis: Critical Truth in the Era of Digital Image.

Recently completed research degrees:

  • Will Ashton: How Can Interactive Music Contribute to a More Immersive and Engaging Experience in Real-tIme Strategy Video Games?
  • Rob Campbell: To What Extent, And With What Consequences, Did Northcliffe’s Guest Editorship of Pulitzer’s New York World On January 31 1900 Represent a Division in the Monolith of Anglo-American Journalism Along a ‘Tabloid Fault Line’?
  • Steve Johnson: Community Radio in Wales: How to Achieve Longevity?
  • Kingsley Edafienene: Media Exposure, Policy Agenda-Setting and Risk Communication In Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of Nigeria’s Niger Delta Region
  • Glyn Fry: Marketing, the Literary and the Logos of Cool. (Joint PhD with English Department)
  • Emma Leslie: The Branding of the Consumer Relationship: How the Online Brand Community is Animated by its Fans.
  • Katalin Nagy: Promoting Hungarian Culture and Constructing Cultural Identity
  • Laura Newcombe: I’m Not Deaf, I’m Just Ignoring You: Exploring Forms of Subtitling Technologies from the Perspective of a Young Cinema Audience.
  • Adam Perkins: The Possibilities and Effectiveness of Spin and Propaganda in Sport
  • Gabriel Zepeda: Xenophilia in Mass Media: Unity in Diversity or Confusion in Uniformity?

Recently completed taught MA dissertations:

  • Filpe Galamba: The Impact of New Media on War Reporting: Al Jazera, BBC and CNN in Gaza.
  • Chris Latham: ‘We Are in God’s Hands Now’: Smallpox, Swine Flu and the Nature of Moral Panic.
  • Sam Morgan: Does Herman and Chomsky’s Propaganda Model Still Hold Relevance in Relation to Modern Media Reportage?
  • David Peek: Perception, Understanding and Use of Television and Radio Science Programmes by Young Professionals: A Study in Four Interviews.

We welcome post-graduate applications to our MA by Research, Taught MA programmes and MPhil/PhD awards. Inquiries should be directed to the unit leader Dr Ruth McElroy (ruth.mcelroy@southwales.ac.uk).