This programme has been developed by the Centre for Urban and Community Research to encourage creative interplay between practice and theory. You'll have the chance to consider cutting-edge debates in cultural and social theory in a research setting that actively encourages the development of photographic practice.
The programme offers working photographers, visual artists and media practitioners space to reflect critically on their practice.
It also offers those with a background in sociology, urban and cultural geography, cultural studies or anthropology the opportunity to combine visual forms of representation with standard forms of research techniques in investigating urban life and the physical environments of the city.
Paul Halliday, Department of Sociology
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Paul Halliday (Programme Convenor) or the Postgraduate Programmes Officer
Modules & Structure
Navigating Urban Life- 30 credits Through The Lens Part A- 15 credits Key Debates for Inventive and Visual Sociology Practice- 15 credits Talking Practice A and Talking Practice B- 15 credits each Urban Photographers- 15 credits Through The Lens Part B- 15 credits
As well as these modules, you will complete a Dissertation and Major Visual Project (60 credits).
The Dissertation can comprise two parts: a portfolio and a 5-6,000-word Dissertation, or you may submit a 10-12,000-word written Dissertation. The Dissertation will consist of: an account of the rationale of the photographic project; a critical evaluation of photographic practice and issues of reflectivity and knowledge production. In combination with the written part you will be expected to provide evidence of a sustained and coherent body of photographic work focusing on an aspect of urban culture for assessment. Previously, work from Final Visual Projects has been shown on a virtual gallery space linked to the CUCR website.
Essays; dissertation; final visual project.
This MA develops skills in urban photography, visual ethnography and urban research, communications for urban planning, community arts and visual arts practice.
Graduates of the programme have progressed to the following areas and careers:
Doctoral studies curating public relations urban planning advertising community artseducation social research journalism