PhD programme in cooperation with the University of Westminster

Why strive for a PhD?

A PhD is for professional and personal qualifications, it stands for ambition and diligence, above average intellectual abilities and maturity. A PhD is a sign of a variety of excellence. A doctoral thesis is a key differentiator and therefore an indicator that you are able to work methodically and scientifically at the highest level and it can offer you a competitive advantage in science and industry. PhDs have better career opportunities, they show better progress in their career. The doctorate is increasingly becoming an important criterion in the global labor market. The average annual earnings are significantly higher than for non-doctoral workers in a comparable position.

The PhD programme of the University of Westminster

The PhD awarding institution is the University of Westminster, an internationally renowned University with four campuses in London. Being part of the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the PhD programme is offered in English – valid for both lectures and publications. At Westminster School of Media, a long tradition of innovative, applied sciences matches with close contacts to the vibrant media and creative industry of the British capital. The 175-member Media Faculty is one of the most research-oriented across Europe. 

For details on tuition payments and application procedure click here.

Research Topics at CAMRI and CREAM

The Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design organizes its research within two institutes, namely the „Communication and Media Research Institute“ (CAMRI) and the „Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media” (CREAM). Topics of potential PhD theses have to match one of those two research clusters. References to existing research projects are welcome.

Find more information:

www.westminster.ac.uk/camri
www.westminster.ac.uk/cream

Yet scientific references sometimes become apparent only at second glance. Therefore PhD candidates are encouraged to discuss their research project with Macromedia University. Our supervisors help evaluating a possible connection within the scientific context of Westminster.

Graduate in England – live and research in Germany

The cooperation between University of Westminster and Macromedia University enables students to participate in the PhD programme of the University of Westminster, while living in Germany and doing research at Macromedia University. Macromedia University manages the application for the PhD programme. Admission depends on the quality of the application as well as the candidate’s qualifications. Students accepted to the PhD programme will be enrolled and supervised at both universities. The first supervisor is a member of the faculty of the University of Westminster, the second supervisor is a Macromedia scientist. 

Macromedia University – Strong in Applied Research

With their 80-member faculty, their practice-led undergraduate teaching and highly specialized Graduate School, Macromedia University offers an excellent context for applied research in areas like media economy, media usage, media design, communication science or design theory. The private University has one of the largest media faculties in the German higher education landscape. Their professors have proven records of expertise in media and communication economy as well as applied research.

The Supervisors of Macromedia University

At each of the five locations of Macromedia University there will be at least one member of the Macromedia faculty available as a PhD supervisor. In case of a successful admission to the University of Westminster PhD programme, the supervisor will accompany the PhD student as a scientific and personal coach – this starts with determining the current state of research, followed by developing the first hypotheses up to the successfully disputing the findings in front of the PhD committee.

We would be happy to learn about your research project and discuss a possible supervision. Please write directly to one of the Macromedia scientists mentioned below or contact us via phd emailmacromedia.de.

Studying at Macromedia University, graduating with a PhD from the University of Westminster: Made possible by the PhD cooperation between both universities.
Part of the University of Westminster: The “Communication and Media Research Institute” (CAMRI) and The “Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media” (CREAM).
Strategic Research Fields at Macromedia University:
  • Media Innovations and Business Transformation
  • Transmedia Storytelling
  • User Centered Design Methods
  • Experiencing Sport Events


Campus Munich

Prof. Dr. Alyosh Agarwal

Prof. Dr. Alyosh Agarwal

Professor Media Management
Programme Media und Communication Management
Media School, Graduate School
Campus Munich

a.agarwal emailmacromedia.de

Prof. Dr. Guido Ellert

Prof. Dr. Guido Ellert

Professor Media Management
Programme Sports and Event Management
Media School, Graduate School, Head of Competence Center Business Psychology
Campus Munich

g.ellert emailmacromedia.de

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Faust, Ph. D.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Faust, Ph. D.

Präsident
Programme Design
School of Creative Arts, Graduate School
Campus Munich

j.faust emailmacromedia.de

Prof. Dr. Andreas Graefe

Prof. Dr. Andreas Graefe


Business School
Campus Munich

a.graefe emailmacromedia.de

Prof. Dr. Dr.  Castulus Kolo

Prof. Dr. Dr. Castulus Kolo

Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research
Programme Media Economy
Head of Graduate School Munich, Media School
Campus Munich

c.kolo emailmacromedia.de

Campus Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Thomas Döbler

Prof. Dr. Thomas Döbler

Professor Media Management
Programme Media Economy
Head of Graduate School Stuttgart,
Campus Stuttgart

t.doebler emailmacromedia.de

Campus Cologne

Prof. Dr. Marlis  Prinzing

Prof. Dr. Marlis Prinzing

Professor Journalism
Programme Journalism
Media School
Campus Cologne

m.prinzing emailmacromedia.de

Prof. Dr.  Holger Sievert

Prof. Dr. Holger Sievert

Professor Media Management
Programme PR and Communication Management
Head of Media School Cologne, Graduate School, Head of Competence Center PR and Communication Management
Campus Cologne

h.sievert emailmacromedia.de

Prof. Dr. Ralf Spiller

Prof. Dr. Ralf Spiller

Professor Media Management
Programme PR and Communication Management
Head of Graduate School Cologne, Vice Head of Media School Cologne
Campus Cologne

r.spiller emailmacromedia.de

Campus Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Andreas  Hebbel-Seeger

Prof. Dr. Andreas Hebbel-Seeger

Professor Media Management
Programme Sports and Event Management
Head of Media School Hamburg
Campus Hamburg

a.hebbel-seeger emailmacromedia.de

Prof. Dr. Thomas Horky

Prof. Dr. Thomas Horky

Professor Journalism
Programme Sports Journalism
Vice Head of Media School Hamburg,
Campus Hamburg

t.horky emailmacromedia.de

Campus Berlin

Prof. Dr. Gernot Wolfram

Prof. Dr. Gernot Wolfram

Professor Media Management
Programme Arts and Event Management
Head of Graduate School Berlin, Media School
Campus Berlin

g.wolfram emailmacromedia.de

Supervision in the PhD programme

The University of Westminster has established high standards for the supervision process within the PhD programme. In 10 out of 12 months per year, the Macromedia-supervisors are supposed to meet with the PhD candidates, evaluating and discussing the scientific progress for at least four hours. In addition, PhD candidates have to participate in the „Doctoral Researcher Development Programme“. They attend annual training sessions at the Westminster campus and meet with their first PhD-supervisor. Also, all formal intermediate and final assessments requiring the presentation of written work and a defence by viva voce will normally take place at the University of Westminster.

Visa regulations für PhD students

Researchers studying by Distance Learning who are without a right to reside and study in the UK will need to comply with the University and UK Visas and Immigration Service requirements for obtaining an appropriate visa when planning visits to the UK.

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  • Cologne +49 221 31082-0
  • Hamburg +49 40 3003089-0
  • Berlin +49 30 2021512-0

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