American and Canadian Studies Audio-Visual PhD

This particular programme gives you the opportunity to film and edit an hour-long documentary on your research, accompanied by a 30,000 word written defence.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Start date: January 2014, September 2014

Details

This particular programme gives you the opportunity to film and edit an hour-long documentary on your research, accompanied by a 30,000 word written defence. You will work with supervisors and technicians to develop this practice-based project, using our editing suite and equipment. The Audio-visual PhD enables you to make an original contribution to the discipline of history, film and television preparing you for careers in media and/or academia.

At Birmingham you also have the option of studying languages, free of charge. Almost no other UK University offers you the opportunity to learn the intense graduate academic language skills which you may need to pursue your research.

Why study this course

We offer promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the most dynamic institutions in Britain. We give all possible support to our researchers, developing the resources available at the University and encouraging an active postgraduate environment for the exchange of information and concepts.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are currently as follows:

  • Home / EU £3,996 full-time; £1,998 part-time
  • Overseas: £12,565 full-time; £6,282.50 part-time

Learn more about fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To be eligible for these awards, candidates must hold either an offer of a place to study or have submitted an application to study at the University. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Entry requirements

Learn more about entry requirements

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

Research interests of staff

  • Film aesthetics; television studies; Hollywood cinema; authorship; fantasy and fictional worlds; performance; production communities; critical practice.
    Contact: Dr James Walters
    Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 8333
    Email:
    j.r.walters@bham.ac.uk
  • 20th-century US diplomatic and political history; history and the media; propaganda; US intelligence services; Anglo-American and US-European relations.
    Contact: Professor Scott Lucas
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5763
    Email:
    w.s.lucas@bham.ac.uk
  • American film, queer cinema, spectatorship, ethnicity and identity, sexuality and representation, representations of death.
    Dr Michele Aaron
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5750
    Email: m.aaron@bham.ac.uk

  • Spanish, Basque, Cuban, European and independent American cinema; further research interests in film theory and the politics of aesthetics, Modernism, Cubism, Surrealism.
    Professor Rob Stone
    Email: r.stone@bham.ac.uk

Employability

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our American and Canadian Studies doctoral researchers have gone on to forge successful careers in a variety of industries, including the media and over the last five years, 92% of our research masters and PhD students in American and Canadian Studies have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Michael Burns graduated with a PhD from the University, is now working as a freelance filmmaker, and has created five documentaries:

“The University of Birmingham gave me a strong moral compass and the confidence to create projects, in my case films, geared toward social change. Many academic institutions can give you a degree, but what Birmingham gave me was a world-class academic experience that allowed me to research and teach amongst students, faculty, and staff who care about learning.”