Welcome to the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS)

Our Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS) was founded in 2000.  In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, over 60% of our research was ranked world leading or internationally excellent. In the 2014 results 40% of our research was also assessed as having world leading impact. The Centre has two principal strategic aims:

(1) to promote and sustain a lively and inclusive research culture, providing a supportive framework and a sense of collective purpose for those academic staff and postgraduate students at the university whose work is situated within the fields of media, film and cultural studies;

(2) to develop and support research initiatives via collaborative research projects and collaborations with other institutions and organisations. 

We also regularly host visiting scholars and welcome enquiries from any prospective research students who are interested in working with us.  If you are interested in taught postgraduate programmes, please see our MA Courses, or if you are considering PhD study, we offer supervisory expertise in a range of areas.

Latest news highlights (last updated 16 January 2017):

Research Seminars: Our next research seminar is on 30 January, presented by Sam Summers on 'Performers in Pixel Suits: Actors as Sites of Intertextuality in DreamWorks Animation'. Seminars start at 5.30pm in room MC233. Admission free, all welcome.

ESRC PhD bursaries available: The deadline for applying for these busaries – which are via the NineDTP – this year is now past. However, if you are interested in exploring the possibility of applying for next year, please contact Prof Clarissa Smith. All applications for these ESRC funded doctoral studentships should be in the broad area of Media and Society. Funding is also available to complete the required Masters qualification/research training if necessary. An outline for the programme (prepared for this year's round) can be downloaded here: ESRC PhD bursaries

Being Human Festival: In November lastl year Professor Clarissa Smith and Emeritus Professor John Storey both gave public talks as part of Being Human 2016, a festival of the humanities. Sunderland is one of over 70 universities and research organisations delivering cultural events across the UK in partnership with over 200 cultural and community groups.

Other news can be found on our CRMCS blog.





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