I recently became course leader for Staffordshire University’s film and music related PhDs and put this list together of things I’m getting asked frequently. Please comment or message Dave at d.payling_at_staffs.ac.uk if you have more questions and I’ll update the post with more info.
It’s an excellent stepping stone to working in the HE sector but has lots of transferable skills and benefits such as time and project management, public speaking and presentation, publication etc. You will present your work in the university and potentially at international conferences and that’s a great way of meeting other researchers, making contacts and networking. With more students studying for masters degrees a PhD is another way of making your profile more distinct. You’ll be studying a subject you love and contributing new knowledge in the subject area!
The following list is not exhaustive. If you have an idea you think we’ll be interested get in touch and we can arrange to discuss.
You will have a main supervisor, who is usually a subject specialist and the first point of contact and a second supervisor who has additional experience in supervising PhD projects. You can also have additional advisors and are free to ask any member of staff for advice.
You need to maintain regular contact with your supervisors, but apart from the workshops described below, your time is your own and a PhD is very self managed.
Full time students are expected to attend 6 sessions of research training per year. Current workshops are co-ordinated by our graduate school and listed here: http://blogs.staffs.ac.uk/graduateschool/researcher-development-programme-2017-2018/
Usually between 30,000-50,00 words depending on the balance between any practise based outputs. There is a maximum word count of 80,000 words
This is not a requirement or expectation but if it would be beneficial to your studies it can be discussed with the supervision team and management
A masters degree in a relevant subject area.
Occasionally we advertise scholarships that are open to graduates with a 1st class honours degree or Masters qualification. Follow this link for more information: http://www.staffs.ac.uk/research/opportunities/phd/cdt/#waiver
Complete the appropriate online form here:
Our Research Information Page: http://www.staffs.ac.uk/research/opportunities/phd/cdt/#film
Link to the University’s current PhD regulations: http://www.staffs.ac.uk/support_depts/adu/qes/research-degree-administration/