City, University of London

Course Introduction

The Department of Culture & Creative Industries is host to a vibrant research community concerned with current debates affecting:

Power in/of the creative and cultural sectors;

Cultural geographies, heritage and the urban organization of culture;

In/equalities and labour conditions in the cultural industries;

Mediated identity, consumption and intimacy; and

Gender, ethnicity and sexuality.

The Department welcomes applications for research that is underpinned by empirical and/or theoretical methodologies. We have a strong commitment to the development of interdisciplinary approaches that take account of cultural and creative industries in historical, political and social contexts.

Course Modules

Research Areas

This list is divided into three strands. However, the boundaries between each are not fixed as themes overlap. Central concerns are methodology and interdisciplinarity.


Institutional frameworks for the making and uses of art and heritage (including theories of representation/display);

Media and culture, including questions of intimacy and selfhood;

The transnational production of culture;

Digital technologies of publishing and reading;

Celebrity; or

Redefining notions of the universal (including critiques of multiculturalism, and cultural identity).

Cultural policy and policy'making:

Culture within the political realm (including public policy formation, in particular cultural policy and the political process);

Economy of the arts (including globalisation, political economy of the arts and changing markets);

Creative industries, both British and international/global;

Urban Regeneration;

Definition and measurement of employment in the cultural, or creative, industries;

Cultural governance (international and local); or

Cultural value (from a political perspective but also aesthetic).

Management of culture:

The politics of cultural and creative work;

Impact and evaluation;

Leadership (particularly gender and ethnicity);

Management practices and discourses, in particular corporate social responsibility;

Critical theory of media and communication; or

Professional development of cultural practitioners (education and training).

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,500 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £12,000 Overseas Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,250 Home Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,000 Overseas Fees
4 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £4,500 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £12,000 Overseas Fees
7 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £2,250 Home Fees
7 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £6,000 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Candidates should normally have or be expecting an upper second or first class degree in any related discipline. We also expect a Master's degree or equivalent with the dissertation component marked at Distinction level (70+). However, we also welcome applications from mature students with substantial research experience. Candidates can be considered for a PhD by Prior Publication.
  • We also expect:
  • A mature and independent attitude to research;
  • Adherence to the values of the Student Contract;
  • Commitment to taking part in a community of scholars;
  • An open attitude to the development of your own research;
  • Generous and constructive criticism of the work of others presented in seminars;
  • An understanding of the National Qualifications Frameworks; and
  • Willingness to present working papers in School of Arts Seminars and national and international conferences.