Media StudiesDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Supervisor: Jacquelyn Burkell
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
Western has a reputation for having a strong research agenda. That, in combination with the expertise of faculty in the Media Studies program and the wide ranges of interests that they cover, made Western a very compelling option.
Where is “home” for you?
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Describe your research.
Current research shows that women experience online abuse at higher rates than men. For my doctoral research I ask the question, how do Canadian women and girls respond to cybermisogyny? A foundational principle behind this research includes recognizing that the gap between online life and offline life is closing, thus, we need to understand and protect women’s rights online as we do offline.
Where’s your favourite place on campus?
I prefer quiet, smaller spaces to study, so I applied for a carol in the Weldon library – it is spacious, close to resources I require, and best of all has a large window with a great view. If I’m feeling more social I will work in the Grad Club.
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
I have an amazing cohort, and that students in other years have also been an incredible, and accessible, resource. A strong sense of community goes a long while working towards a PhD.
What’s your favourite book?
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
What idea would you like to share with the Western graduate community?
I encourage you to talk to someone outside of your field about your research. More interdisciplinary conversations are something the 21st century needs.
Program ContactShelley Long (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Graduate Programs Assistant
Faculty of Information and Media StudiesWestern University
FIMS and Nursing Building, Room 2020
London, Ontario N6A 5B7
The program focuses on media, broadly defined, through a kaleidoscopic interplay of culture, industry and technology, organized around three major areas of specialization. Each area focuses on a major field of study within media studies, and all develop critical approaches to the articulation and reproduction of social power via media. Designed to give students a thorough grounding in the key issues, texts, traditions and debates within media studies, the areas are not meant as segregated and free-standing domains of scholarly inquiry; rather, there are degrees of overlap between areas, and, accordingly, students will be encouraged to explore such intellectual crossroads and interstices.
The strength and reputation of our PhD program is a result of our internationally renowned faculty, world-class facilities, and the students who thrive in an intellectually stimulating environment. Western is pleased to offer Own Your Future, a unique Doctoral professional development program that supports students in their academic studies and career engagement. Through Own Your Future, students will develop insight into their current and evolving skill set. To learn more, visit www.uwo.ca/ownyourfuture.
- 12 Terms (4 years)
- Full-time study
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Master's degree in Media Studies, Communication or a related field appropriate to the interdisciplinary strength of the program.
- Minimum 78% overall average in the last degree.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 107 for the internet version. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 8 out of 9.
- January 15 - Acceptance notification from mid March to late April
Fields of Research
- Media Cultures
- Media Industries
- Media Technologies