The Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies welcomes applications from students who wish to pursue MRes or PhD degrees in the areas of film and television studies, cultural studies, media studies and critical theory. These research programmes form a central and thriving part of the department’s activities, with over 40 students currently enrolled, either full-time or part-time. Research students come to Nottingham from the UK and overseas, including the EU, the Middle and Far East, Latin America and the United States. With their diversity of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, they constitute a rich, rewarding and supportive postgraduate community.
All research students are involved in the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme, which includes weekly work-in-progress seminars. The school's energetic research culture also involves a programme of visiting speakers and regular symposia organised by staff and students (these have included recent events on cultural borrowings, television and memory, digital archives, transmedia storytelling and sound in the media).
The department offers you:
- advanced research training
- expert supervision (each student is allocated two supervisors)
- frequent reviews and feedback on progress
- weekly 'work-in-progress' seminars
- well-equipped work bases, with excellent library and IT facilities
- support for research trips and conference attendance, inter-library loan
- full participation in the department’s academic life, including opportunities to become a teaching assistant
The Hallward library is dedicated to the Faculty of Arts and is situated in the centre of the campus, just a few minutes walk from our school. It has an ever expanding collection of books, journals and other materials covering including (for film and television studies students) a large collection of cinema pressbooks. In 2007, the Hallward library opened a state-of-the art screening room that students have access to. The department is also now able to offer students access to industry-standard film editing, sound-editing and script-writing equipment.
The Language Centre houses a Self Access Centre that provides facilities to support the language teaching in the school, such as books, audio/video tapes, satellite TV, reading, reference and multimedia materials.
You can visit the centre to improve your fluency in a language you are studying for your degree, or you can learn additional languages from beginners’ stage, such as Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Greek, Italian, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. These languages can be studied independently on a self-learning basis, or as part of taught courses.
The University provides students with access to general IT facilities through a number of computer rooms spread across its campuses. Such areas are conveniently located around the University in all University libraries.
The majority of computer rooms are open to all members of the University and contain PC workstations and printing facilities. In some of the larger rooms, more specialised equipment is provided such as text and image scanners, colour printing and high powered Unix workstations.
Connected Campus Network Zones are areas in the University where you can either access wireless networking or plug laptops directly into the University network. This is a major development which provides students with roaming access to the internet and University network.