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Research degree fees and scholarships

Postgraduate research tuition fees

Home/EU students: The tuition fee you pay in your first year will increase (in line with inflation) for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fees for part-time degrees are usually charged at half of the rate of full-time degrees across twice the number of years (subject to an increase in subsequent years in line with inflation).

Overseas students: The tuition fee you pay in your first year will be the same for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fees for part-time degrees are usually charged at half of the rate of full-time degrees across twice the number of years

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Funding your study

Find out more about tuition fees, fee status and funding options here.

Continuation/submission/re-submission fees

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Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Funding the World's Brightest PhDs - Scholarships to support PhD Study at the University of Sheffield.

Understanding media use in an age of big data

Four-year funded integrated PhD and MSc in Data Analytics and Society

In our current big data age, media content, platforms, devices and apps are proliferating at great speed. In this context, media use is undergoing rapid change, and so too are methods for understanding how people use media and engage with media content. Audiences find media content in novel ways, and they follow their preferred media across diverse platforms, producing data about their individual media use patterns and behaviours as they do so. These by-product data exist alongside other data about media use, gathered via conventional methods such as surveys, focus groups and interviews. How to bring these data together to produce novel and robust understanding of cross-platform media use now and in the future is a challenge for media companies and for media researchers alike, not least because the data and related methods have limitations and raise issues relating to privacy and ethics. This PhD project addresses this challenge, by exploring how to understand media use in an age of big data and the methods for doing so.

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Training

We offer an outstanding academic environment for our PhD students. We provide an interdisciplinary research experience and advanced training to all our PhD students, regardless of scholarship funding source, through our Social Sciences Doctoral Training programme. There are further training opportunities within the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.

There are also opportunities for three-month internships with public, private and voluntary organisations which enable students to apply their research skills to a more practical environment. Previous students have benefited from internships at organisations such as the Department of Work and Pensions and Oxfam.

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