As part of the doctoral training available on the Structured PhD programme, students avail themselves of a range of interdisciplinary taught modules. The wide menu of available options include modules that:
are discipline-specific in that they augment the student's existing knowledge in their specialist area
are dissertation-specific in that they supply core skills which are essential to completion of the research project, e.g., additional language skills
acknowledge a student's professional development, e.g., presentation of a paper at an international conference
enhance a student's employability through generic training, e.g., careers workshops, computer literacy.
Each student will be assigned a primary Supervisor(s) and a Graduate Research Committee made up of experienced researchers to plan their programme of study and to provide on-going support to their research.
The Huston School encourages PhD degree applications. Its involvement is in collaboration with other Arts departments - students undertaking doctoral studies in film must also be registered in an existing department of the university (e.g., English, French, History, Information Technology, Sociology and Politics for example) depending on the topic of their research. Students are supervised by a small team comprising staff from the Huston School and the relevant department.
The aim of this four-year, full-time research programme is the generation of a contribution to knowledge and understanding in Film, Television and Digital Media by means of academic research. During the programme, students receive training in research methods and complete a thesis based on a key research question. The length of the thesis is normally 60,000 to 80,000 words. The duration of research is usually four years.