The School of Media, Languages and Cultures offers research degrees that are interdisciplinary that broadly covers the fields of media, communications and culture. Under this umbrella are options focusing on media democracy, media reform, Southeast Asian cinema, youth and new media, internet governance, civil society, creative industries, digital media, and film. Other areas of expertise include music, food culture and identity, migration, cross-cultural and intercultural issues, and multiculturalism and sociology.
In a globalized world where constantly evolving technology becomes the basis and medium of socio-cultural and political communication, the school’s research degrees tap into a much-needed understanding of our common urban modern world, providing a critical understanding of the inner workings and meanings of objects, media and everyday cultural artefacts that we take for granted.
PhD in Media, Languages and Cultures offers training in various types of research methodologies in the social sciences to obtain data. Through mentoring and supervisory guidance from our research-active faculty members, students acquire analytical and critical skills to help them analyse the collected data and learn to be independent researchers. Graduates will be equipped to be active researchers and educators in university, or in the relevant sectors.
Why choose this programme?
The School of Media, Languages and Cultures is a dynamic research community providing internationally recognised and respected degrees in culture, media and communications.
You will engage with the most up to date, dynamic and forward-thinking studies in the workings of global, regional and local societies.
As convergence and digitalization now form part of the much bigger multimedia industry, there is an increased need to make sense of the implications for society by conducting more research into the areas of communications and culture. Our research programmes provide you with an opportunity to explore in detail contemporary culture, media and communication theories, policy and practice.
Our community of researchers and teachers are of international standing, with each staff member bringing their own unique set of cultural and research specialisations. This mix of experiences delivers a contemporary programme with wide-ranging significance to the modern environment.
Professor Zaharom Nain is interested in media policies and structures, especially in relation to the implications of ownership and control of media organisations for democratic practices and representation. This includes the study of digital media and the control and regulation of new and social media; Associate Professor Joanne Lim focuses on participatory media (mobile and social media), youth identities and civic/political engagement in the Southeast Asian context; Assoc Prof Thomas Barker focuses on communication, media, creative industries and cultural studies, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia, targeting conditions of cultural production; Assoc Prof Khoo Gaik Cheng specializes broadly in film and cultural studies, including independent filmmaking and cinema in Malaysia and Southeast Asia; race and multiculturalism, food and identity, cosmopolitan identities and spaces, and the political economy of the durian. Dr Dag Yngvesson specializes in film in Indonesia; American and European New Wave and post-apocalyptic films; Dr Ahmad Fuad Rahmat on psychoanalysis, masculinity in films; Assistant Prof. Gayathry Venkiteswaran’s area of expertise includes media freedom and right to information, media and politics, media reform, digital rights, media and feminism, journalism as a profession; Assistant Prof. Leong Yut Moy conducts research on Japanese Literature from the Meiji, Taisho, Showa periods to contemporary Japanese Literature; Dr Sergio Camacho specializes in the zarzuela; his research interests include but are not limited to composition, contemporary music, performing arts and new audiences; stage, screen and music technology; new technologies in education, and world musics; Dr Cristina Quintana Blanco’s research interest focuses on teaching and learning a foreign language; Latin American culture and history; and translation and interpreting.
How to apply for
If you are interested in applying to do an MPhil, MRes or PhD in the School of Media, Languages and Cultures we would recommend that you contact us and discuss your research project proposal with the relevant supervisor in the first instance. You can then visit our applications pages to find out how to apply.