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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

SS MA Media and Cultural Analysis

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MA or PG Diploma or PG Certificate
Programme title Media and Cultural Analysis (SSPT36)
Programme code SSPT36
Length of programme One year
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

Media and Cultural Analysis: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/socialsci/mediaculturalanalysis/

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

  • To enable students to gain a systematic and critical awareness of current issues and debates in communication media studies and related disciplines.
  • To develop students' skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of media communications and related disciplines.
  • To enable students to interpret evaluate and apply advanced knowledge in the discpline in an innovative way.
  • To prepare students for employment in diverse professional environments through a combination of independent work and industry exposure.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about the relationship between media and modernity.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about the politics of representation.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

K1. The major traditions, theories and frameworks of inquiry relevant to the analysis of media, communications and associated disciplines.

K2. The historical expansion of communications media, the institutionalisation of media systems, various audiences uses of the media, and the implications of new media for cultural life.

K3. The range of relevant research methods employed in the analysis of media and culture.

K4. The major arguments and issues in contemporary debates in the analysis of media and cultural texts and audiences'.

K5. The ways media and communicative forms construct the shared meanings that comprise public cultures and subcultures and of the issues of representation these practices raise.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able, with reference to media communication and culture, to:

C1. Generate research data according to set procedures and methods.

C2. Independently organise, classify and critically evaluate information gathered in the course of their projects and assignments.

C3. Use advanced concepts and theories drawn from media, communications and associated disciplines to analyse relevant empirical evidence.

C4. Discuss their research and the issues it raises reflexively.

C5. Interpret media texts, representations and cultural identities.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

P1. Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and culture, productively employing the insights gained in their own work.

P2. Demonstrate their capacity to develop appropriate research strategies to address the issues they have selected for sustained investigation in self-chosen projects.

P3. Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry.

P4. Discuss historical transformations in media, communication, and culture and wield this understanding in appraising current patterns of development, such as cultural globalisation and media convergence.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

T1. Critically evaluate a range of academic and industry sources.

T2. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

T3. Deploy qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

T4. Plan, organise and manage, with appropriate supervision, a significant self-directed project.

T5. Work flexibly, creatively and independently, displayhing a high degree of self-direction and initiative.

T6. Demonstrate skills and abilities learned in relation to their own continuing professional development.

4. Programme structure

 MEDIA AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS (SSPT36):

COMPULSORY MODULES (Total modular weight 135)

Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP301

  Media and Modernity

15

2

SSP302

  Media & Cultural Industries: Political Economy & Public Policy

15

1

SSP303

  The Politics of Representation

15

1

SSP317

  Production and Reception Analysis

15

2

SSP503

  Online Research Methods and Media Analysis

15

1

SSP353

  Key Debates in Media and Cultural Analysis

10

1+2

SSP399

or

SSP400

  Dissertation

  or

  Dissertation (Placement Experience)

 50

 1+2

MA students must also attend SSA306, a media landscapes module.

 

OPTIONAL MODULES (combined modular weight 45)

One optional module must come from semester 1 and two must come from semester 2.

Code

  Module title

Modular weight

Semester

  SSP305

  Digital Futures: Explorations in New Media

15

1

  SSP314

  Global Communications

15

2

  SSP316

  Media and Cultural Work: Inequality and Discrimination in the Creative Industries

15

2

  SSP318

  Digital Economies

15

1

  SSP319

  Digital Cultures

15

2

 SSP323

  Marketing Politics

15

1

SSP324

  Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

15

2

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to obtain the following:

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than SSP399/SSP400.

(ii) PGDip – 120 credits from modules other than SSP399/SSP400.

(iii) MSc – 150 credits and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

With the exclusion of module SSP399/SSP400 (Dissertation), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

This section relates to undergraduate degrees only.

Programme Specification

SS MA Global Media and Cultural Industries

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MA or PG Diploma or PG Certificate
Programme title Global Media and Cultural Industries (SSPT46)
Programme code SSPT46
Length of programme One year
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

Global Media and Cultural Industries: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/socialsci/globalmediaandculturalindustries/

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

  • To enable students to gain a systematic and critical awareness of current issues and debates in communication media studies and related disciplines.
  • To develop students' skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of media communications and related disciplines.
  • To enable students to interpret evaluate and apply advanced knowledge in the discpline in an innovative way.
  • To prepare students for employment in diverse professional environment through a combination of independent work and industry exposure.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about digitilisation of media and cultural industries.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about the political economy of media and cultural industries.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

K1. The major traditions, theories and frameworks of inquiry relevant to the analysis of media, communications and associated disciplines.

K2. The historical expansion of communications media, the institutionalisation of media systems, various audiences' uses of the media, and the implications of new media for cultural life.

K3. The range of relevant research methods employed in the analysis of media and culture.

K4. N/A to this programme.

K5. N/A to this programme.

K6. The major arguments and issues in contemporary debates about media and cultural industries.

K7. The development of the global character of media and cultural industries.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able, with reference to media communication and culture, to:

C1. Generate research data according to set procedures and methods.

C2. Independently organise, classify and critically evaluate information gathered in the course of their projects and assignments.

C3. Use advanced concepts and theories drawn from media, communications and associated disciplines to analyse relevant empirical evidence.

C4. Discuss their research and the issues it raises reflexively.

C5. N/A to this programme.

C6. Interpret industry data and policy documents.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

P1. Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and culture, productively employing the insights gained in their own work.

P2. Demonstrate their capacity to develop appropriate research strategies to address the issues they have selected for sustained investigation in self-chosen projects.

P3. Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry.

P4. Discuss historical transformations in media, communication, and culture and wield this understanding in appraising current patterns of development, such as cultural globalisation and media convergence.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

T1. Critically evaluate a range of academic and industry sources.

T2. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

T3. Deploy qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

T4. Plan, organise and manage, with appropriate supervision, a significant self-directed project.

T5. Work flexibly, creatively and independently, displayhing a high degree of self-direction and initiative.

T6. Demonstrate skills and abilities learned in relation to their own continuing professional development.

4. Programme structure

GLOBAL MEDIA AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES (SSPT46):

COMPULSORY MODULES (Total modular weight 135)

Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP302

  Media & Cultural Industries: Political Economy & Public Policy

15

1

SSP305

  Digital Futures: Explorations in New Media

15

1

SSP316

  Media and Cultural Work: Inequality and Discrimination in the Creative Industries

15

2

SSP317

  Production and Reception Analysis

15

2

SSP503

  Online Research Methods and Media Analysis

15

1

SSP350

  Key Debates in Global Media and Cultural Industries

10

1+2

SSP398

or

SSP400

  Dissertation in Global Media and Cultural Industries

  or

  Dissertation (Placement Experience)

 

50

 

1+2

MA students must also attend SSA306, a Media Landscapes module.

 

OPTIONAL MODULES (combined modular weight 45)

One optional module must come from semester 1 and two must come from semester 2.

Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP301

  Media and Modernity

15

2

SSP303

  The Politics of Representation

15

1

SSP314

  Global Communications

15

2

SSP318

  Digital Economies

15

1

SSP319

  Digital Cultures

15

2

SSP323

  Marketing Politics

15

1

SSP324

  Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

15

2

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to obtain the following:

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than SSP398/SSP400.

(ii) PGDip – 120 credits from modules other than SSP398/SSP400.

(iii) MSc – 150 credits and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

With the exclusion of module SSP398/SSP400 (Dissertation), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

This section relates to undergraduate degrees only.

Programme Specification

SS MA Digital Media and Society

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MA or PG Diploma or PG Certificate
Programme title Digital Media and Society (SSPT47)
Programme code SSPT47
Length of programme One year
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

Digital Media and Society: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/socialsci/digitalmediaandsociety/

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

  • To enable students to gain a systematic and critical awareness of current issues and debates in communication media studies and related disciplines.
  • To develop students' skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of media communications and related disciplines.
  • To enable students to interpret evaluate and apply advanced knowledge in the discpline in an innovative way.
  • To prepare students for employment in diverse professional environment through a combination of independent work and industry exposure.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about digital culture.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about digital economies.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

K1. The major traditions, theories and frameworks of inquiry relevant to the analysis of media, communications and associated disciplines.

K2. The historical expansion of communications media, the institutionalisation of media systems, various audiences' uses of the media, and the implications of new media for cultural life.

K3. The range of relevant research methods employed in the analysis of media and culture.

K4. N/A to this programme.

K5. N/A to this programme.

K6. N/A to this programme.

K7. N/A to this programme.

K8. The major arguments and issues in contemporary debates about the social and cultural impact of digital media.

K9. The relationships and tensions between old and new socio-economic practices and structures in the digital environment.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able, with reference to media communication and culture, to:

C1. Generate research data according to set procedures and methods.

C2. Independently organise, classify and critically evaluate information gathered in the course of their projects and assignments.

C3. Use advanced concepts and theories drawn from media, communications and associated disciplines to analyse relevant empirical evidence.

C4. Discuss their research and the issues it raises reflexively.

C5. N/A to this programme.

C6. N/A to this programme.

C7. Analyse and interpret digital social, cultural and economic practices.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

P1. Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and culture, productively employing the insights gained in their own work.

P2. Demonstrate  their capacity to develop appropriate research strategies to address the issues they have selected for sustained investigation in self-chosen projects.

P3. Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry.

P4. Discuss historical transformations in media, communication, and culture and wield this understanding in appraising current patterns of development, such as cultural globalisation and media convergence.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

T1. Critically evaluate a range of academic and industry sources.

T2. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

T3. Deploy qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

T4. Plan, organise and manage, with appropriate supervision, a significant self-directed project.

T5. Work flexibly, creatively and independently, displayhing a high degree of self-direction and initiative.

T6. Demonstrate skills and abilities learned in relation to their own continuing professional development.

4. Programme structure

DIGITAL MEDIA AND SOCIETY (SSPT47):

COMPULSORY MODULES (Total modular weight 135)

Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP305

  Digital Futures: Explorations in New Media

15

1

SSP317

  Production and Reception Analysis

15

2

SSP318

  Digital Economies

15

1

SSP319

  Digital Cultures

15

2

SSP503

  Online Research Methods and Media Analysis

15

1

SSP351

  Key Debates in Digital Media and Society

10

1+2

SSP397

or

SSP400

  Dissertation in Digital Media and Society

  or

  Dissertation (Placement Experience)

 

50

 

1+2

 
MA students must also attend SSA306, a media landscapes module. 
 
OPTIONAL MODULES (combined modular weight 45)

One optional module must come from semester 1 and two must come from semester 2.                                                  

     Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP301

  Media and Modernity

15

2

SSP302

  Media & Cultural Industries: Political Economy &     Public Policy

15

1

SSP303

  The Politics of Representation

15

1

SSP314

  Global Communications

15

2

SSP316

  Media and Cultural Work: Inequality and      Discrimination in the Creative Industries

15

2

SSP323

  Marketing Politics

15

1

SSP324

  Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

15

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to obtain the following:

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than SSP397/SSP400.

(ii) PGDip – 120 credits from modules other than SSP397/SSP400.

(iii) MSc – 150 credits and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

With the exclusion of module SSP396/SSP400 (Dissertation), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

This section relates to undergraduate degrees only.

Programme Specification

SS MA Global Political Communication

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MA or PG Diploma or PG Certificate
Programme title Global Political Communication (SSPT50)
Programme code SSPT50
Length of programme One year
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

Global Political Communication: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/socialsci/globalpoliticalcommunication/

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

  • To enable students to gain a systematic and critical awareness of current issues and debates in communication media studies and related disciplines.
  • To develop students' skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of media communications and related disciplines.
  • To enable students to interpret evaluate and apply advanced knowledge in the discipline in an innovative way.
  • To prepare students for employment in diverse professional environments through a combination of independent work and industry exposure.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about the production, dissemination and reception of political communication in a global context.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about political marketing.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

K1. The major traditions, theories and frameworks of inquiry relevant to the analysis of media, communications and associated disciplines.

K2. The historical expansion of communications media, the institutionalisation of media systems, various audiences' uses of the media, and the implications of new media for cultural life.

K3. The range of relevant research methods employed in the analysis of media and culture.

K4. N/A to this programme.

K5. N/A to this programme.

K6. N/A to this programme.

K7. N/A to this programme.

K8. N/A to this programme.

K9. N/A to this programme.

K10. The major arguments and issues in contemporary debates about political communication in local, national and global contexts.

K11. The development of new forms of political communication and the transformation of traditional forms of political communication.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able, with reference to media communication and culture, to:

C1. Generate research data according to set procedures and methods.

C2. Independently organise, classify and critically evaluate information gathered in the course of their projects and assignments.

C3. Use advanced concepts and theories drawn from media, communications and associated disciplines to analyse relevant empirical evidence.

C4. Discuss their research and the issues it raises reflexively.

C5. N/A to this programme.

C6. N/A to this programme.

C7. N/A to this programme.

C8. Analyse and interpret political/media texts, representations and processes.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

P1. Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and culture, productively employing the insights gained in their own work.

P2. Demonstrate their capacity to develop appropriate research strategies to address the issues they have selected for sustained investigation in self-chosen projects.

P3. Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry.

P4. Discuss historical transformations in media, communication, and culture and wield this understanding in appraising current patterns of development, such as cultural globalisation and media convergence.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

T1. Critically evaluate a range of academic and industry sources.

T2. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

T3. Deploy qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

T4. Plan, organise and manage, with appropriate supervision, a significant self-directed project.

T5. Work flexibly, creatively and independently, displayhing a high degree of self-direction and initiative.

T6. Demonstrate skills and abilities learned in relation to their own continuing professional development.

4. Programme structure

GLOBAL POLITICAL COMMUNICATION (SSPT50):

COMPULSORY MODULES (Total modular weight 135)

Code

  Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP303

  The Politics of Representation

15

1

SSP314

  Global Communications

15

2

SSP317

  Production and Reception Analysis

15

2

SSP323

  Marketing Politics

15

1

SSP503

  Online Research Methods and Media Analysis

15

1

SSP352

  Key Debates in Global Political Communications

10

1+2

SSP396

or

SSP400

  Dissertation in Global Political Communication

  or

  Dissertation (Placement Experience)

 

50

 

1+2

 
MA students must also attend SSA306, a Media Landscapes module.
 
 
OPTIONAL MODULES (combined modular weight of 45)

One optional module must come from semester 1 and two must come from semester 2.                                                  

     Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP301

  Media and Modernity

15

2

SSP302

  Media & Cultural Industries: Political Economy & Public Policy

15

1

SSP305

  Digital Futures: Explorations in New Media

15

1

SSP316

  Media and Cultural Work: Inequality and Discrimination in the Creative Industries

15

2

SSP318

  Digital Economies

15

1

SSP319

  Digital Cultures

15

2

SSP324

  Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

15

2

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to obtain the following:

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than SSP396/SSP400.

(ii) PGDip – 120 credits from modules other than SSP396/SSP400.

(iii) MSc – 150 credits and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

With the exclusion of module SSP396/SSP400 (Dissertation), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

This section relates to undergraduate degrees only.

Programme Specification

SS MSc Social Sciences Research Programmes

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MSc; (PGCert/PGDiploma Social Science Research available as exit award only)
Programme title MSc Social Science Research (Communication and Media); MSc Social Science Research (Social Policy); MSc Social Science Research (Education); MSc Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies); MSc Social Science Research (Sport and Exercise Science)
Programme code MSc Social Science Research (Communication and Media) (SSPT21/SSPT22); MSc Social Science Research (Social Policy) (SSPT23/SSPT24); MSc Social Science Research (Education) (MAPT21/MAPT22); MSc Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) (BSPTA3/BSPTA4); MSc Social Science Research (Sport and Exercise Science) (PSPT11/PSPT12)
Length of programme 1 year full time; 2 year part time (NB PT students must follow the sequencing of modules for the full time programme)
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/taught/

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

These programmes are designed to produce graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are well equipped to progress onto being high level researchers in their chosen field of study. 

Students will

  • gain understanding of key epistemological and ontological debates that frame social science research;
  • gain advanced knowledge of the methodologies, processes, designs and practices involved in social science research;
  • acquire in-depth training in the conduct and management of research, from its commencement to its conclusion;
  • explore and reflect on their developing research skills in the context of their areas of research interest and their growth as creative and independent researchers;
  • critically analyse ethical aspects of academic research and gain advanced ability to deal with ethical problems and challenges;
  • be able to apply all of the above in the context associated with their chosen programme. 

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Economic and Social Research Council’s requirements for Doctoral Training Pathways (see http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/call-for-doctoral-training-partnerships-dtps/). 

UK Quality Code for Higher Education, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, April 2012 (Part A: Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards). 

The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ), the QAA, August 2008. 

Master’s Degree Characteristics, QAA, March 2010.

The Higher Education Credit Framework for England, QAA, 2008. 

The Quality Code, Part B: Assuring and Enhancing Academic Ability 

Chapter B1: Programme Design, Development and Approval 

Chapter B3: Learning and Teaching 

Chapter B4: Enabling Student Development and Achievement 

Chapter B6: Assessment of Students

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding of… 

K1 ethical issues and problems associated with social science research

K2 the range of research methods and paradigms in use in social science research generally and also in their selected discipline;

K3the key principles of research design, their applicability in contexts, and the challenges and value of multi-methods research;

K4 the critical application of theory in the development of research choices;

K5 the significance of the choices of particular research philosophies in a variety of disciplines, with special reference to their discipline;

K6 the original application of knowledge together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and inquiry are used to create and interpret new insights in the discipline;

 

For Social Science Research (Communication and Media) only:

 K7 students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding ofresearch innovation and development in Communication and Media; 

For Social Science Research (Education) only: 

K8 students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding ofresearch innovation and development in Education; 

For Social Science Research (Social Policy) only: 

K9 students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding ofresearch innovation and development in Social Policy; 

For Social Science Research (Business and Management) only: 

K10 students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding ofresearch innovation and development in Business and Management Studies; 

For Social Science Research (Sport and Exercise Science) only: 

K11 students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding ofresearch innovation and development in Sport and Exercise Sciences.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to

C1 apply diverse qualitative and quantitative research methods;

C2 critically evaluate these research techniques and methods;

C3 effectively plan, design and execute research projects covering a diverse range of research challenges;

C4 make appropriate methodological choices that connect to wider ontological and epistemological debates about knowledge creation;

C5 critically analyse research questions, present reasoned and theoretically informed arguments and new hypotheses concerning academic developments in social science research appropriate to their chosen pathway. 

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

P1 use a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative research methods in investigating social processes and phenomena;

P2 use appropriate technology to assist in the generation, collation and analysis of research data;

P3 communicate and publish the results of their research, on the basis of the formative and summative feedback delivered through the programme.

P4 analyse the theoretical foundations and research methods used in their research areas.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

T1 communicate ideas, arguments, research rationales and findings effectively to a range of academic and non-academic audiences;

T2interact positively with their peers, and a range of academic colleagues, acknowledging challenges in or limitations to their work and thinking;

T3 demonstrate self direction in tackling and solving research problems, act autonomously in pla.nning research tasks

4. Programme structure

C=compulsory

O=optional

Title

Credit

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Comms

and Media)

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Social Policy)

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Education)

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Business Manage/t)

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Sport Exercise)

Resp.

School

Semester 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philosophy of Social Science

20

c

c

c

c

c

SSPGS

Quantitative Research Methods

20

c

c

c

c

c

SBE

Research Design and Practice

20

c

c

c

c

c

SSPGS

Semester 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualitative Research Methods

20

c

c

c

c

c

SSEHS

Specialist Research Methods (Communication)

20

c

-

-

-

-

SSPGS

Specialist Research Methods (Social Policy)

20

-

c

-

-

-

SSPGS

Specialist Research Methods (Education)

20

-

-

c

-

-

Science

Specialist Research Methods (Finance)

20

-

-

-

c #

-

SBE

Specialist Research Methods (Management)

20

-

-

-

#

-

SBE

Specialist Research Methods (Sport and Exercise)

20

-

-

-

-

c

SSEHS

Advanced Methods 1: Doing research with young people in their socio-spatial contexts

 

10

o

o

o

o

o

SSPGS

Advanced Methods 2: Advanced Content Analysis

10

o

o

o

o

o


SSPGS

Advanced Methods 3: Methodological Advances in Applied Ethnography

 

10

o

o

o

o

o

SSPGS

Advanced Methods 4: Applied Conversation Analysis

10

o

o

o

o

o

SSPGS

Advanced Methods 5: Methodological Implications of Critical Realism

10

o

o

o

o

o

SSEHS

Dissertation (Comms/ media)

60

c

-

-

-

-

SSPGS

Dissertation (Soc Pol)

60

-

c

-

-

-

SSPGS

Dissertation (Education)

60

-

-

c

-

-

Science

Dissertation (Business/ Manage/t)

60

-

-

-

c

-

SBE

Dissertation (Sport/ Exercise)

60

-

-

-

-

c

SSEHS

 *NB Students will choose 2 from 5 advanced methods module. 

# MSc Social Science Research Methods (Business Management) students should choose either the Specialist Research Methods (Finance) module or the Specialist Research Methods (Management) module.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

Each module in the programme will be assessed and credit awarded in accordance with the levels of achievement specified in Regulation XXI

Candidates who have studied a particular module, completed the relevant assignments according to a timetable agreed with the Department and passed in accordance with XXI are eligible for the award of credit in that module. 

In order to be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master, the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but also: 

(1)  to be eligible for the award of PG Cert in Social Science Research candidates must have, over a period of not more than three years, accumulated minimally 60 credits in the following core modules: Philosophy of Social Science, Quantitative Research Methods and Research Design and Practice);

(2)  to be eligible for the award of PG Dip in Social Science Research candidates must have, over a period of not more than five years:

(a)     studied the core modules Philosophy of Social Science, Quantitative Research Methods, Research Design and Practice and Qualitative Research Methods, two 10 credit advanced training modules and the subject specific module relevant to their programme pathway

and

(b)     accumulated minimally 100 credits, excluding the 60 credit major project, and module marks of not less than 40% in further modules with a weight of 20.

(3)  to be eligible for the award of MSc in Social Science Research (Pathway) candidates must have, over a period of not more than eight years:

(a)     studied the core modules Philosophy of Social Science, Quantitative Research Methods, Research Design and Practice and Qualitative Research Methods, two 10 credit advanced training modules,the subject specific module relevant to their programme pathway and dissertation

and

(b)     accumulated minimally 150 credits and module marks of not less than 40% in further modules with a weight of 30 are eligible for the award of MSc in Social Science Research (Pathway) where the Pathway is  Communication and Media, Education, Business and Management, Social Policy or Sports and Exercise Science.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

Not applicable

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