We run a successful PhD programme and a Master’s by Research MA where, alongside two or more supervisors, you will work independently as you conduct research and dive into a subject you are truly passionate about.

You will take part in research training and conduct an individual investigation in preparation for your thesis. As a group of postgraduate researchers, with our PhD students, you will visit archives, research libraries and take part in research days and writing retreats.

An expert supervisory team will offer support as you enhance your research skills and write your thesis. If you have a specific idea about the research you would like to conduct in a subject you love, this is the course for you.

Some Recent Research Projects


  • Identifying the ‘Female Schlemiel’: The Composition and Representation of the Female Jewish Archetype in Mid to Late Twentieth Century Texts.
  • The Origins, Themes and Legacy of the New German Cinema
  • Hollywood Masculinities: Themes, Bodies and Ideologies in 1980s Hybrid Action Cinema
  • Classic Literature, Adaptation and the Postmodern Cinema
  • Nostalgia in the British Cinema: The Significance of Nostalgia in the Social Realist Filmmaking Tradition


  • Native American and First Nation visual and performative artists; taking back identity through re-indigenising spaces.
  • An Exploration of the Female Fool in Contemporary American Narrative Comedy Texts: Recontextualising the Female Schlemiel from 21st Century Perspectives.
  • Genre, Gender and Society: Realigning Coming of Age in American Film and Television Post 2008