Advanced Doctoral Workshop in Media and Communications

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Lilie Chouliaraki, FAW.7.01D


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Data, Networks and Society and MPhil/PhD in Media and Communications. This course is not available as an outside option.


Students must have completed Research Seminar for Media, Communications & Culture (MC500).

Course content

The series is intended to offer students guidance and support in the writing-up of their thesis. The approach to the series is student-centred, practice-oriented and dialogic, focusing on students’ work - hence the term ‘workshop’. Specifically, participants commit to submitting a draft of one of their PhD chapters and comment on others’ submissions, in the course the academic term. The curriculum consists therefore of individual students’ work, each week concentrating on a single student’s draft (maximum 5000 words) submitted together with a relevant academic reading. Through a system of signing-up and pairing, each ninety-minute session is set up in two parts: the first part is a twenty-minute dialogue between the writer and their discussant, who introduces and comments on the writer’s work; the second part is a full hour’s exchange of ideas by all - the expectation being that everyone commits to reading the submitted draft. The role of the DPD is to gently guide group interaction and, when necessary, provide input as much on the submission as on subsequent discussion points. The role of the DPD is not to substitute the supervisor but to ensure that the discussion is conducted in an informal, friendly and non-intimidating way. 


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 20 hours of seminars in the LT.

40 hours of teaching across two terms.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Media & Communications

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills