Self-funded PhD opportunities

Cinema, migration and human rights

  • Application end date: All year round
  • Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students only
  • Department: School of Media and Performing Arts
  • PhD Supervisor: Dr Deborah Shaw

Project overview:

Migration is one of the most urgent social issues of our time and has been by marked by national, transnational and supranational initiatives, opportunities and failures. The current social landscape has been characterised by preventable deaths of refugees and migrants, and a shift in political cultures across Europe, the US, and elsewhere. Often in the discourses around the issue the embodied experience of the refugees and migrants themselves is absent. Cinema is in a uniquely privileged position to provide agency to people and to stage an intervention in perception that can counter increasing xenophobia.

This doctoral study will analyse cinematic representations of migration in a specific regional context/s. The thesis will focus on the funding, production processes and reception of migration films, and their location within discourses of human rights, political theory, and existing work on migration in Film Studies. The PhD will be located in the University of Portsmouth’s School of Media and Performing Arts.

Specific eligibility criteria:

Applicants will have a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) and ideally a Masters (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area or, exceptionally, equivalent professional experience.

How to apply:

To apply or make an enquiry, please visit postgraduate research: Film, Media and Performing Arts

Applications should use our standard application forms and follow the instructions given under the ‘Research Degree’ heading on the following webpage: 

Enquiries about this PhD bursary are strongly encouraged and can be made to Dr Deborah Shaw:

Funding Notes:

This is currently for self-funded applicants. Periodically, funded positions (including tuition and maintenance grant) become available, and when this is the case, the funded positions will be advertised on this website. For other applications (welcome at any time) tuition fees will be payable for three years, full-time study (£4,121 per year – UK and EU students, £12,600 international students).