David Hickman

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

PhD by creative practice in film and/or television. I am especially interested in proposals for films, scripts and other forms of practice that challenge prevailing industry trends and conventions, but by means of popular, rather than experimental, storytelling. PhD proposals incorporating documentary or fiction about or from regions of conflict are especially welcome.

Personal profile


David Hickman has been writing, producing and directing single documentaries and series for broadcast television and film for the last twenty years.

As producer or director, his films have won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival, two Emmys (and three Emmy nominations), a Grierson Award (for best science documentary), a Peabody Award, and many others.

He has made films with New York Times bestselling authors Stephen Hawking, Brian Greene and Thomas Friedman, as well as IVF pioneer Robert Winston, actor and producer Danny Glover and writer and performer Alexei Sayle.

In the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, he is Programme Director of the MA in Digital Film and Television Production. He teaches documentary, directing and cinematography.

He is a film-voting member of BAFTA.

He continues to work as a producer, director, writer and cinematographer, and is in development on a feature documentary.