Postgraduate research

Media and Communications PhD Tuition Fee Waivers

Qualification: PhD

Department: Media and Communication

Application deadline: 14 September 2022

Start date: 9 January 2023


The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities are offering a number of Tuition Fee Waivers for successful PhD applicants commencing January 2023.

We welcome applications and research proposals for PhD Media and Communications in the following research areas.

Please read the list of supervisor's research interests below and, if any of these areas are of interest to you, prepare your proposal using our Research Proposal Form and submit your online application following the guidelines under our How To Apply section towards the bottom of the web page.

Dr. Kester Demmar 

Dr. Kester Demmar is interested in supervising research projects within journalism, specifically but not exclusively; media and technology,  veracity of news content in a world of social media, on/off screen representation (ethnicity and gender) within the media and media content. His interests also include, murder as television news content, live television news broadcasting, the role of technology within journalism and police and the media. 

Dr. Ed Vollans 

Dr. Ed Vollans researches the impact of the film trailer as a cultural object globally. This includes historical studies of the trailer, aesthetics, reception, or industrial creative or regulatory contexts. Extending this, work may consider the promotional trailer across geographic and regulatory territories, and the entertainment industry generally, including trailers for other entertainment products (television, videogames, theatre, books, etc.), as well as fan reception and participatory culture therein.

Dr. Timothy Neff 

Dr. Timothy Neff looks forward to supervising projects on journalism, national media systems, media ownership, and public engagement with social problems. In particular, he has researched differences in news coverage of climate change and has studied how public media funding levels and structural protections strengthen democracies. He is interested in (but not restricted to!) students using social network analysis, content analysis, topic modeling, and ethnography as their research methods.




2 UK Tuition Fee Waivers for 3 years for full time study or 6 years part time study  (part time only available to UK applicants)

1  Full Time Overseas Fee waiver for 3 years

International applicants must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.

There is no stipend or additional funding available to support living costs.

The fee waivers are not available for distance learning study.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a UK Bachelor's Degree with at least a 2:1 and a Master's Degree or overseas equivalent qualifications.

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

For enquiries about the proposed research please email the relevant supervisor listed above.

For application enquiries please email 

How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please select click on the Apply button below and then select January 2023*.

Look at the supervisors and research areas above and prepare your research proposal on the Proposal Form

With your application, please include:

  • In the proposal section please provide the name of the your proposed project supervisor (from the list above)  and your project title
  • Upload your completed Research Proposal Form
  • Personal statement explaining, briefly, your interest in the project and your experience. International applicants also must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of all degree level study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • CV
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.
  • In the funding section please state CSSAH Fee Waiver

Incomplete applications and Research Proposals not submitted using the Proposal Form will not be considered

*UK applicants may apply for either full time or part time study. International applicants may only apply for full time study if they require a Student Visa to study in the UK



UK and International Students are welcome to apply.

The University of Leicester prides itself on the diversity of its student population and on being an inclusive employer. We encourage applications from candidates who represent the diversity of our student population, local communities and wider society. In particular, we welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as this is a group currently underrepresented in the University.


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