New media in society

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

New media and society research aims at going beyond the study of Computing and ICT from a technology perspective, and looks at improving our understating human values and the impact of technology innovations on people's lives and their communities. This research particularly looks at ways to use new media to promote social justice and tackle complex societal challenges of inclusion and disadvantage.

Within this area we have a range of projects exploring: digital storytelling within museums and galleries to promote social cohesion; persuasive technologies to help address the climate crisis; technologies to support personal and self-regulated learning; and deliberation technologies for online discussion, argument mapping, audience engagement, and discussion-based decision making.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

  • Tools for discussion and collaboration in distance learning
  • Distributed linked data for cultural heritage
  • Design and implementation of chatbots for social good
  • Sensing data for social change

Current/recent research projects

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £15,698 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £7,849 per year

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships


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How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Ms Ortenz Rose (KMI Senior Services Assistant)
Email: KMI PHD Enquiries
Phone: +44 (0)1908 654774

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