Media and Creative Industries MRes MRes
- Entry requirements:
- 2:1 +
- 1 year
- up to 4 years
- Start date:
- October 2018
in the world for Media and Communications
QS World Rankings 2017
European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
Our MRes in Media and Creative Industries gives you the opportunity to develop your critical thinking and analytic abilities to kick start your career as a researcher.
What makes this programme different?
- Study with the UK's #1 university for media (Guardian University Guide, 2018)
- Discover the latest research and skills in media and the creative industries
- Learn from globally-recognised academics with expertise in a range of areas
- Learn inside one of the world’s principal hubs for media and communication
- Study in the world's top destination for careers in the media and creative industries
Who should study this programme?
If you have a passion for media and the creative industries, and would like to widen your research skills and focus your interests, our MRes in Media and Creative Industries will provide you with the foundation you need take your next step towards an MPhil, PhD or analytical career.
Minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent qualification in a wide range of subjects. In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted to the degree who does not possess the requirements mentioned, but who has substantial relevant work experience.
English Language Requirements
The standard University IELTS English language requirement is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each individual element (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
What you'll study
You will learn from the most influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators, exposing you to the latest theories and developments from across your discipline.
Whilst a traditional taught master’s degree programme focuses on the development of expertise in a chosen area, an MRes places more emphasis on the individual to uncover new knowledge and develop their own research expertise.
Collaborative Research Project
- Work in diverse and interdisciplinary research teams
- Understand and be able to undertake a project and team based real-world research process
- Apply critical enquiry, reflection, and appropriate methods to identify, frame, and resolve issues and problems related to research initiatives.
- Identify stakeholder issues, values and worldviews, while collecting and analysing evidence-based information and knowledge to develop appropriate research insights, practices and outputs.
- Identify, structure and reflect on key issues and propose solutions to undertaking research in creative ways using appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods
- Enhance your appreciation for diversity and divergent individual and disciplinary perspectives
- Be able to provide structured, reflective and critical feedback to peers and other stakeholders
- Plan and implement a real-world and team based research initiative including identifying problems, objectives, resources, timing, and appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods
- Effectively communicate research ideas, methods and results to diverse stakeholders, using multi-channel, state of the art data, media and technologies
- Make informed, critical and reflective decisions in time-limited situations
- Coursework (100%)
Research Design, Practice and Ethics
- The importance of design and planning of the overall task in hand
- The importance of a clear hypothesis and coordination of the research objectives
- The importance of efficient execution of the planned strategy to achieve your objectives
- The ethical implications and the importance of professional approach to ethical issues in research
- The methodologies for data collection or knowledge assimilation for your subject area
- Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended data
- The most effective methods of presentation of your data or knowledge
- 100% coursework
Quantitative Research Methods
- Report (40%)
- Assignments (60%)
Foundations in Qualitative Research
- How to become a skilled qualitative researcher
- Epistemological and theoretical issues related to qualitative research
- Design issues for qualitative studies
- Selecting an appropriate research method (action research, case study, critical discourse analysis, ethnography types, gender theories, grounded theory, participant observation, textual analysis)
- Analysing and interpreting qualitative data
- Issues and debates related to conducting qualitative research
- Evaluation of qualitative research studies
- An examination of ethical considerations
- Scholarly academic writing skills and information communication technologies
- The future of qualitative research in solving research problems
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of qualitative research paradigms, principles and practices
- Undertake an original and independent piece of qualitative research using a wide range of ontological and epistemological perspectives and methods
- Present a rationale for the application of qualitative research to interdisciplinary research problems
- Employ a range of qualitative approaches to record and analyse qualitative data
- Solve complex research problems through qualitative approaches
- Critically evaluate the characteristics of qualitative research
- Analyse, interpret and critically evaluate qualitative data
- Conceptualise and design qualitative research approaches for various research settings
- Employ qualitative approaches to research and evaluate their use and value in research
- Implement qualitative research projects for various disciplinary settings
- Demonstrate awareness of relative activities elsewhere and always apply a self-check against the best practice
- Find and evaluate scholarly sources
- Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
- Demonstrate effective communication and argumentation of research findings with appropriate references
- Demonstrate effective project management skills and show commercial awareness of the managed task
- Demonstrate a positive attitude towards qualitative research approaches
- Demonstrate qualitative problem-solving skills in a variety of research settings
- Coursework (100%)
Media and Creative Industries: Critical Perspectives
- Understand how and why the media and creative industries have been defined;
- Understand the importance of industrial structure in media and creative industries;
- Understand the implications of innovation and technological change for media and creative industries;
- Understand changing business models in media and creative industries;
- Understand the importance of copyright and how this is affected by technological change;
- Understand why media and creative industries cluster in particular spaces and cities;
- Understand the globalisation of media and creative industries;
- Understand media and cultural policy;
- Identify, debate and evaluate relevant critical perspectives on media and creative industries;
- Systematically assess the implicit theoretical assumptions of contrasting perspectives;
- Use critical perspectives to analyse emerging trends in media and creative industries;
- Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences;
- Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation;
- Assess the empirical validity of competing perspectives;
- Manage time and resources effectively;
- Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice ;
- Understand the behaviour of firms in media and creative industries;
- Understand emerging trends in media and creative industries;
- Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field;
- Plan, organise and manage coursework assignments, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality.
- 100% Coursework
Media and Creative Industries: Contexts and Practices
- Demonstrate the key characteristics and trends of various media sectors;
- Identify the main elements in the value chain of various media sectors;
- Identify the key historical moments in the development of mass and online media;
- Ability to synthesise acquired information in essays/'industry briefs' which address key challenges for the media and creative industries
- Make use of feedback on the substance and presentation of these briefs
- Write concise `industry briefs'.
- Engage in conversation with media professionals;
- Produce short, well-written texts that are informative to others.
- Be able to respond creatively to contemporary challenges facing the sector
- 10% Mini reports
- 90% Report
Major Research Project
- A research project suggested by you or your academic supervisor, which will be mutually agreed and carried out within the University, with or without links to the external organisations.
- A University-based research project that is set by an external organisation and supervised by your University supervisor in collaboration with tan external organization representative.
- A research project that involves direct collaboration and placement/visits to an external organization (subject to a suitable placement position being obtained)
- Articulate a clear, coherent and original research question, hypothesis or business problem in a suitable subject area
- Synthesise relevant sources (e.g. research literature, primary data, obtained results) to construct a coherent argument in presenting their findings to their research objectives
- Analyse data collected by an appropriate method during their research project
- Critically evaluate data collected in context with the state of the art available in public
- Engage in critical debate and argumentation in written work
- Apply principles of good scholarly practice to their written work
- Perform an appropriate literature review using library databases or other reputable sources
- Determine the most appropriate research methods for a particular subject area
- Plan a research project and produce a realistic gantt chart demonstrating their intended timelines
- Synthesise information from appropriate sources
- Demonstrate rational use of research methods and available tools
- Select and use appropriate investigative and research skills
- Demonstrate effective project planning skills
- Find and evaluate scholarly sources
- Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
- Demonstrate effective researching to reach the set objectives
- Demonstrate effective presentation and report writing skills
- Successfully manage a project from idea to completion
- Demonstrate commercial awareness or the impact of knowledge transfer in a business or research environment
- The importance of research project planning
- The importance of researching the state of the art and understanding the subject area using literature review or other means such as software programmes, standard specifications etc.
- Theoretical as well as practical perspectives of the research objectives
- Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended project objectives
- The most effective methods of presentation of the collected and analysed data to relate it to the project objectives
- The ethical implications of research
- Final Project Report/Thesis (60%)
- Final Presentation (20%)
- Interim Project Report (20%)
How you'll be assessed
You will complete a combination of written and practical assessments, which may vary depending on the module choices you make. You can expect to complete essays and reports of varying lengths, as well as presentations, proposals and pitches in some cases. For information about the assessments you will be expected to complete for each module, please see the compulsory and option module lists for this programme.
How you'll study
Your personal and professional development
The Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully into a research or analytical career.
Future career prospects
Studying an MRes in Media and Creative Industries will give you a fascinating introduction into the life of a postgraduate researcher. Each of the six MRes programmes at Loughborough University London has been carefully designed to empower graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills needed to progress onto a PhD. Graduates may also continue into high level researcher positions within their chosen sector or field.
Your personal development
Research skills are greatly in demand across the high value industries of the UK. Alongside the taught elements of this programme, you will be able to access a tailor-made programme mapped to the Researcher Development Framework produced by Vitae, the UK’s national organisation for research excellence. The programme will encourage you to identify your current skills and future career goals, and will offer you employability training and development activities throughout the duration of your programme.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.