PhD Scholarship on Korean Horror Cinema, UK

Deadline: 29 October 2010
Open to: candidates of the highest quality, with the capability of submitting excellent theses
Dates: 3 years starting from January 2011
Scholarship: tuition fee waiver (for the EU students), an anuual bursary of £7000

The Department of Arts, University of Northumbria (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK) is advertising a PhD studentship entitled ‘A History of Korean Horror Cinema’ to begin January 2011. The studentship comprises of a tuition fee waiver, an anuual bursary of £7000, access to research expenses and a dedicated work station.

The PhD will be principally supervised by Dr Alison Peirse, Lecturer in Film and Television Studies. Professor Peter Hutchings will be second supervisor.

Relatively little has been published to date in English on Korean horror cinema, and what has been discussed frequently concentrates on the renaissance of Korean horror film at the millennial fin-de-siècle. This PhD will take a broader perspective, considering the historical development of Korean horror from the 1960s to the present day. What are the social, political, economic and cultural contexts of Korean horror production, and how do these change over time? How can these films be characterised aesthetically, and what might their relation be to international markets? We would be pleased to accept proposals from suitably qualified candidates who are interested in utilising an interdisciplinary methodology to explore an exciting and nascent field of cinema studies,and who will contribute directly to the analysis of horror film and the burgeoning field of Korean Cinema Studies. Proficiency in Korean language is desirable but not essential.

We are looking to recruit candidates of the highest quality, with the capability of submitting excellent theses within the standard PhD duration of 3 years. You will need to demonstrate a strong performance in your first degree (probably a first) as well as a good MA qualification. We will, however, consider candidates straight from undergraduate degrees where there is evidence of exceptional academic ability. Prospective candidates from overseas should contact us concerning entry requirements.

Further information and topics can be found here.

To apply, please use the online Studentship Application Form and submit to Scott Burdon at
Informal enquiries are welcome – for further details please contact Dr Ysanne Holt (

Deadline for applications is Friday 29 October 2010.
Interviews will be held week commencing 22 November 2010

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