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The School of Media, Art and Design’s MA by Research offers you the chance to continue your studies at postgraduate level in one of the School’s research specialisms.

As a postgraduate MA student enrolled on this programme you will join a department with over thirty years of experience delivering excellent teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange, and award-winning professional practice.

This is not a taught MA, and therefore there are no modules offered. Instead, the individual defines their own set of research questions in conversation with their supervisory team. The range of subjects available for students to research is necessarily constrained by the range of specialisms offered by the supervisors within the School. Areas of specialism include: Animation, Applied Art, Cultural Studies, Digital Media, Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Journalism, Media and Communications, Photography, Radio, Television, and Web Design.

The MA by Research in Media, Art and Design will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a supervised programme of independent study and practice in a structured and supportive environment. You will work closely with your supervisors to develop your ideas, refine your research questions, and complete your research project.


Whether you are moving straight from your undergraduate studies, or perhaps you are returning to high education as a mature student, you will find that the School of Media, Art and Design’s MA by Research provides a supporting research community in which you will have the chance to flourish.

The programme leads to a significant qualification in its own right, but could also fast track successful applicants to MPhil and ultimately to PhD qualifications.


Because this is a research MA, there are no required modules, instead you will define your area of research in conversation with your supervisors.

All students enrolled in the School of Media, Art and Design’s MA by Research will have ample opportunities to participate in the Graduate School’s ‘Researcher Development Programme’, which provides a broad menu of specialist sessions aimed at enhancing competence across a range of postgraduate skills and research methods.


The skills and specialisms that you will gain from the School of Media, Art and Design’s MA by Research will vary depending on whether you choose to produce a written thesis or a practice based research project, as well as also depending on what subject you have chosen to focus on. That said, the skills and specialist knowledge developed during the programme will provide you with additional grounding for a career within the landscape of media, art and design employment.


The main teaching method of the School of Media, Art and Design’s MA by Research is individual supervision offered by expert members of staff. Alongside this you will also have opportunities to participate in School-based seminars in which you will engage in group critique of work-in-progress, as well as having access to the Graduate School’s series of ‘Researcher Development Programme’ (RDP) lectures and seminars.

Given the independent nature of the study involved in this MA and the diverse range of subjects, research modes and supervisory patterns available, it would be artificial – if not impossible – to estimate your contact hours per week; however, averaged over the course of a year, your overall workload will typically consist of 15 contact hours per month (consisting of supervisory meetings, attendance of School-level research seminars, and attendance at Graduate School RDP session).

The supervisory team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience. All our team members are qualified to postgraduate level and are research-active.


The MA by Research in Media, Art and Design is offered via two modes:

A traditional research mode that consists of supervised academic study culminating in the submission of a written thesis of 25,000 words.

A practice­-based mode that consists of supervised work on a body of creative practice that culminates in the submission of a project or portfolio equivalent to 15,000­-20,000 words, together with a reflective analysis of no less than 5,000 words and no more than 10,000. The combined word count equivalent for a practice-­based submission should not exceed 25,000 words.

The MA by Research is assessed using the Graduate School’s validated doctoral framework, which means that MA by Research students produce a single thesis (whether written or comprising both practice-­based and written elements) that will be submitted at the end of their study.

More detailed information about the doctoral assessment framework used by the Graduate School can be found here:


88% of research at the School of Media, Art and Design has been recognised as world leading or internationally significant according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results, the UK ­wide initiative to assess the quality of research in UK universities. We are particularly proud that 8.3% of our research outputs are world leading and a further 37.5% internationally excellent.

We are committed to research that makes a difference in people's lives, and this was recognised in the REF assessment as 30% of our research impact is internationally excellent.


Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Government loans of up to £10,609 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can   or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

Visit the Media, Art and Design (by Research) - MA / MRes page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!





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