CAMRI is a thriving community of researchers, with doctoral students from around the world researching in media, communications and cultural studies.
We provide a platform for diverse, challenging research aimed at making a mark in the scholarly community. Furthermore, we offer a wide range of facilities, including:
- designated doctoral rooms with computer
- e-mail and internet access,
- extensive library access, including 24 hour access for some of the academic year,
- research training,
- language training,
- studio and laboratory space.
CAMRI staff members are experienced researchers with national and international expertise in their subject areas with considerable experience in supervising doctoral researchers. As such, they are well placed to provide the pastoral and academic support to CAMRI doctoral students.
Doctoral students are a valued part of the Faculty community and, along with staff, take part in regular workshops and seminars, organised by CAMRI or the Faculty or in collaboration with other institutions. CAMRI has been a host and continues to be an active participant in the European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School.
It also hosts joint Westminster, Goldsmiths College, London School of Economics and City University Doctoral Research Symposia. These are exciting and popular twice-yearly events where our students meet, interact and share their experiences of doctoral research with students from our partner institutions.
Doctoral researchers are also involved in a host of other activities such as the regular monthly doctoral research workshops managed by the students and the production of Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed Media and Cultural Studies journal published by CAMRI.
CAMRI doctoral programme graduates have gone on to successful careers in both academic and media professions. (see where they are now in our alumni page)
Students attend an institutional induction session delivered at enrolment. This is delivered by the Academic Registrar’s Department and focuses on institutional and regulatory matters.
All newly-enrolled doctoral students are then required to attend an induction programme within the Research Centre. In the course of this, they are introduced to relevant administrative and academic staff, including their supervisors.
They are also advised of the academic and administrative processes leading to an MPhil/PhD, and in particular the evaluation, monitoring and review procedures governing the supervision process.
They are issued with detailed information as to the opportunities available to share experiences and interact with other doctoral students both within the Research Centre and with other institutions, and attend sessions where they discuss with existing doctoral students their experience of doctoral research.
The expectations of the Research Centre as to academic standards and performance of its research degree students are explained, as are its aims in terms of the development of appropriate levels of scholarly competence and independence of mind.
Students also participate in a tour of the campus and facilities and receive training in the use of equipment, library facilities, and of University systems.