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MPhil/PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies

Standard duration: Full-time: 3-4 years, Part-time: Up to 7 years

Min. entry requirements: 2:i undergraduate degree and Master’s (or equivalent) in a relevant subject

English Language: IELTS 7.0

Interdisciplinarity has become highly valued by universities, research councils, business and government, for whom complex problems - such as urban governance and environmental management - require new combinations of qualitative and quantitative methods, humanities, social and natural sciences, and exploitation of digital media and visualisation tools. A PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies will allow students to explore new methodological possibilities, especially those facilitated by digital technologies, which stray across orthodox disciplinary boundaries.

Students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including those working within the humanities, the natural sciences, social sciences, computing and statistics. We are especially interested in hearing from prospective students hoping to work in and around software studies, digital methods, cultural economy, digital aesthetics, social networks, cultural theory of digital media, complexity, mapping and visualisation, and new approaches to quantification and valuation. Students will have the chance to audit the modules offered as part of the MA in Digital Media and Culture, and be encouraged to attend a weekly PhD seminar, at which texts will be discussed with members of CIM staff.

Students may wish to add a specific disciplinary focus to their research, in addition to 'interdisciplinary studies'. This can be easily done, through joint supervision between CIM and another department, resulting in a Multidisciplinary Research Degree. For example, a student wishing to focus on interdisciplinary studies and history would be co-supervised between CIM and History, and be assessed for a PhD in 'Interdisciplinary Studies and History', with examiners selected accordingly.

Application Fact File

Entry Requirements

2:i undergraduate degree and Master’s (or equivalent) in a relevant subject

English Language Requirements

Band B


All applications are made online at

Applications for all research programmes are welcomed throughout the year. However, candidates also applying for funding must take into account that early deadlines apply.

Tuition Fees
(2016/17 rates)

Home/EU: Full-time £4,109, Part-time £2,465

Overseas (band 1): Full-time £15,460, Part-time £9,276

Overseas (band 2): Full-time £19,740, Part-time £11,844

Please note: These are the standard course fees. Check the fees page for a list of courses with non-standard fees.

Details of funding opportunities are available via the Graduate School.

Course Contact Details
Nate Tkacz