Doctoral study in Media and Screen Studies

Why study with us?

We were placed in the top 100 in the world for Communications and Media Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

As a doctoral candidate, you'll benefit from financial support for research expenses through PReSS funding, high-calibre supervision practices, and the networks and expertise of our world-class academic researchers.

Research opportunities

You can pursue PhD research in areas such as:

  • Film studies
  • Documentary studies
  • Feminist film theory
  • Experimental film and the avant garde
  • Social media
  • Digital media
  • Sports and media
  • Television journalism
  • Hollywood film
  • South Asian popular culture
  • Pacific moving imagery
  • Film, television and cultural theory
  • New Zealand cinema
  • Chinese cinema
  • South Asian film
  • Diaspora media

Solid PhD research proposals in other areas may also be considered.

Our people

The research interest of our staff are broad and multifaceted. We are also a leader in creative forms of work including film and television production and scriptwriting. This is enhanced by our substantial links to major practitioners in the media industries in New Zealand, many of which are based in Auckland.

Past research topics

Scholarships and awards

There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your PhD in Media and Screen Studies:

Help and advice

Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on enrolling in your PhD at Student Hubs.

If you would like to discuss your plans for your doctoral research you can contact our PhD Adviser.

Apply for doctoral study