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Postgraduate research in Culture, Heritage and Society

Help to enrich local, national and international communities through research by joining a team of expert researchers in the field of Culture, Heritage and Society. Using creative practices and top-flight facilities, you can help to lead research in the arenas of regeneration of cities, social justice, philosophy, tourism, film and media production, augmented and virtual realities, drama, music, history and archaeology.

Ready-to-go research projects

In addition to offering supervision for a project that you propose, we also have a list of ready to go PhD projects designed by our experts, which means that the research proposal is already written.

  • Performers and Audience Participation, Cognition and Emotional Engagement in Live Cinema and Performing Arts
  • The impact of art culture in schools and homes on children’s drawing performance
  • Hybrid Brain-Computer Interfaces and Eye-Gaze Tracking Systems for Artists with Disabilities

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Our researchers

World renowned in their fields, our researchers are here to support you through every step of your research career.

Professor Carola Boehm

Professor

Having degrees both from the arts (music) as well as the sciences (electrical engineering, computer science) I am a genuine interdisciplinarian.

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Dr Dave Payling

Associate Professor

Dave teaches audiovisual composition, audio mastering, sound synthesis and music software design. He has a PhD in visual music composition and produces a variety of electronic music.

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Dr Neil Brownsword

Professor

Neil's artistic research examines the manufacturing histories of North Staffordshire's ceramic industry, and the effects globalisation has had upon people, place and traditional skills in recent decades.

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Dr David White

Senior Lecturer

David graduated from Staffordshire University in 2000 with a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. David is a highly experienced computer programmer with research interests in Artificial Life, Artificial Intelligence, VR, and AR.

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Dr Agata Lulkowska

Lecturer

Dr Agata Lulkowska is Lecturer in Film Production in the Department of Film, Media and Journalism. Agata's background is in film practice, installations and photography. She is also a prolific interdisciplinary researcher with the main interest …

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Professor David Webb

Professor

David is the course leader for Continental Philosophy. His expertise includes Modern European Philosophy, especially phenomenology, and French epistemology and philosophy of science (Heidegger, Levinas, Foucault, Serres, Bachelard, Cavaill&egrav…

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Fiona Graham

Associate Professor

Fiona is a Senior Lecturer and Producer, with a background as a factual documentary producer/director and television studio producer. Fiona has a background in print journalism, BBC radio and television including BBC1, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4, STV…

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Dr Marc Estibeiro

Associate Professor

I teach computer sound, advanced Pro Tools techniques, modern composition and music software design.

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Dr Robert Marsden

Interim Head Of Department-Media & Perf

Dr Robert Marsden is the Head of Department of Media & Performance. Robert also works in professional theatre as a director and writer, and writes on rehearsal studies, directing practice and British pantomime amongst other topics.

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Dr Andrew Stubbs

Lecturer

Dr Andrew Stubbs is Lecturer of Film, Media and Communication in the Department of Film, Media and Journalism. He teaches a range of subjects across Film, Television and Media, specialising in media industries and cultural production, Hollywood …

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Peter Rudge

Associate Professor

Peter has more than 25 years experience in the film industry and in 2011 was co-founder of the spin out company Grand Independent – a film production and distribution company based in Staffordshire. He began his career as a reader working …

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Facilities

As a postgraduate research student, you'll have access to all of our specialist facilities, and the expertise of our technicians, to help your research succeed.

Support and funding

Study options

Our postgraduate research students work on their research in a range of different modes to fit around their work and life commitments – you might be on campus as a full-time or part-time researcher, or you may be studying as a Distance Learner. Your preferred option will be discussed as you go through your research proposal with your potential supervisory team.

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Fees and funding

Before you start your application, it's important to consider how you will fund your studies and cover living costs. There are lots of options available to postgraduate students to help support your work, which is why we have put together a detailed guide explaining the costs involved in postgraduate study, and the help that's available to pay for it.

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How you will be supported

The Graduate School works centrally to support you as a postgraduate researcher by listening, providing development opportunities, managing your journey, and acting as a gateway to pastoral support as you require. 

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How to apply

Interested in researching in the field of Culture, Heritage and Society? You will need to go through our application process. This is to ensure we can meet your specific needs and support your research topic.

Start your postgraduate career by completing our MPhil/PhD enquiry form. We’ll put you in touch with a member of staff to have an informal conversation about your proposed research and qualifications.

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