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MPhil Research Degree with the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute

Course Description

Study for your doctorate or MPhil at Sheffield Hallam’s Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI). C3RI an inspiringly diverse multidisciplinary group which makes connections between the research traditions of: art; design and media production; communication studies; computing; engineering.

The Institute consists of two research centres:
-Art and Design Research Centre.
-Communication and Computing Research Centre.

We provide an environment in which each discipline can develop its own approach to research. At the same time we bring people together on questions that cut across traditional subject boundaries.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mphilphd-research-degrees--cultural-communication-and-computing-research-institute

Research activity at C3RI

C3RI is Sheffield Hallam University’s largest community of researchers, with over 100 academics, researchers and technical staff. Our work covers basic, strategic and applied research as well as covering research into teaching and learning. Much of it is through partnerships with businesses and professional collaborators.

Research is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Board, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Union, commercial clients, charitable bodies and government.

We support a PhD research programme with over 40 students. The C3RI also maintains many knowledge transfer partnerships that support close collaboration between academics, researchers and industrial partners.

Design Futures

C3RI also houses Design Futures – a Yorkshire Forward Centre of Industrial Collaboration for Product and Packaging innovation.
Design Futures has had specialist design teams working exclusively on commercial consultancy services for several years. These teams have developed award winning, innovative solutions for many clients, some of which have been patented.

Course structure

Note: this MPhil can be developed into a PhD. See website for more information: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mphilphd-research-degrees--cultural-communication-and-computing-research-institute
PhD by confirmation – 3-4 years full time, or 5-7 years part-time.
MPhil – 2 years full time, or 3 years part time.
Start dates – September, January or May.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
-Candidates are required to critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic, to demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to their chosen field and to present and defend a thesis by oral examination.

Each student is allocated a director of studies and a supervisor. Regular meetings between the student and supervisors are scheduled, with targets set for written and oral presentation of research progress.

Research training
All students are required to complete research training modules unless already studied as part of a masters degree. This has fee implications for part-time students, but is included in the full-time fee. Training is followed by theoretical and textual research, analysis and writing, working closely with the supervisors. Students are expected to present seminar papers on their work and to submit written papers for comment. Students will also be expected to attend relevant seminars from the research seminar series.

Assessment: thesis followed by oral examination.

Other admission requirements

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level. The final thesis must be presented in English.

Visit the MPhil Research Degree with the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good first degree from a UK institution (normally a first or upper second), or the overseas equivalent, to register for MPhil only or MPhil with the possibility of transfer to PhD. Only holders of a relevant UK masters degree, which had a substantial research training element can apply for direct PhD registration. See course description for further admission details.

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