The research student community
Housed on the third floor of DMU’s Clephan building in a space with dedicated desks, internet terminals, photo-copier/scanner and archive facilities, the community is a mutually-supportive social group which is keen to welcome new members. The students organise an annual Postgraduate Research Conference, which has attracted BAFTSS sponsorship and two book deals. The PGR student community currently has ten members, the majority of whom are full-time. Six students have successfully completed their theses since January 2014.
Researchers cover the spectrum from MA by Research or Independent Study through MPhil to PhD, both full-time and part-time. Prospective doctoral students may apply for full studentships to the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership which allocates more than 80 bursaries each year to PGRs in the six-member consortium. A limited number of internally-funded full or partial research studentships are also periodically available to candidates on a competitive basis. Students are encouraged to participate in the life of the Centre and advised on conference paper and publishing opportunities.
An indication of the interests and expertise of potential supervisors can be found by using the links to individual staff home pages listed in the Membership section.
The popular and successful taught MA in Television Scriptwriting is affiliated to the CATH Centre. This long-established course concentrates on the craft of television scriptwriting and prepares you for the competitive world of professional writing.
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Major Research Projects and Grants
Three large funded projects are currently being hosted by the CATH Centre:
Hollywood and the Baby Boom (PI: Dr. James Russell), funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is now in the writing-up phase, further details are here | .
Women's Work in British Film and Television (CI: Dr. Vicky Ball) is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It is a collaborative partnership between Newcastle University and De Montfort University and is now in its second year. Further details can be found here | .
British Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound 1927 - 1933 (PI: Laraine Porter) is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It is a collaborative partnership between the University of Stirling and De Montfort University and is now in its first year. Further edails can be found here|.
In addition, members of the Centre have been engaged in a project on the History of Cinema-going in Leicester , mapping the growth and decline of film theatres in the city and collecting oral history accounts. A documentary film and electronic installation have been produced.