The master's programmes at the School of International Communication are rapidly developing into highly-acclaimed, unique post-graduate qualifications.

Taught by a highly international team of scholars, the addition of new modules reflecting a growing interest in journalism, means MA students within the school have a rich vein of scholarship to tap into and use to develop their own interests and ideas.

An important component to postgraduate students' studies within the school is the preparation of their dissertations. Students within the school will find a helpful and knowledgeable team of scholars readily available to assist them in this vital task, ensuring dissertations are of the highest standard.

Current Research Areas of Supervisors

 Name Reserch Interests

Dr. Mary J. Ainslie

Associate Professor, Media and Cultural Studies

  • Transnational pan-Asian media depictions

  • Southeast Asian current social issues

  • Media consumption in Southeast Asia

Dr Stephen Andriano-Moore

Teaching Fellow in Communications and Cultural Studies

  •  Film studies
  • Film sound

  • Production culture

Prof. Eugene Ch’ng

Professor of Cultural Computing, NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality, NVIDIA Technology Centre

  •  Digital heritage
  • Mixed reality

  • Virtual reality

Dr Filippo Gilardi, PFHEA

Head of School of International Communications

Associate Professor in Creative Industries and Transmedia

  • Creative industries

  • Digital media

  • Transmedia

Dr. Celia Lam

Assistant Professor in Media and Cultural Studies

  •  Aesthetics of digital media production;
  • Audience and fan experience and uses of digital media;

  • Celebrity culture

Dr Bjarke Liboriussen

Assistant Professor in Digital and Creative Media


  • Creative industries
  • Game studies

  • Culturally specific gaming practices

Dr Paul Martin

Assistant Professor in Digital Media and Communications

  •  Meaning in digital games
  • Phenomenology in digital games

  • Chinese esports

Dr Wyatt Moss-Wellington

Assistant Professor in Media and Communication Studies

  •  Film theory, philosophy and history
  • Cognitive media studies

  • Narratology and hermeneutics

Dr Corey Kai Nelson Schultz

Associate Professor in Media & Communication Studies

  • Chinese art film

  • Chinese visual culture

  • Film phenomenology

Dr K. Cohen Tan, FHEA

Assistant Professor in Digital Media and Communications

  • Critical theory

  • Buddhist philosophy

  • Cultural Studies

Dr Xiaoge Xu 

Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies

  • Mobile studies

  • Creative studies

  • Experience studies

Dr Shixin Ivy Zhang


Associate Professor in Journalism Studies


  • Journalism studies
  • Media and conflict

  • Media management

  • Media globalisation

  • Digital media

Prof. Xiaoling Zhang


Chair Professor in Creative Industry


  •  Transformation of media industry in China
  • Media industry regulations in China

  • Chinese media and soft power


Master's programmes

MA International Communications Studies

PhD programme

PhD Programme of Culture Studies in School of International Communications