About the course
Leicester Media School’s Independent Study MA/MSc provides you with an opportunity to design your own individual programme of Master’s-Level study within the Leicester Media School (LMS), while being supported and supervised by leading national and international scholars.
There is a wide range of subject expertise you can draw upon to create your programme of study. You can create a programme within existing disciplinary boundaries or one that is inter-disciplinary. Example subject specialisms include journalism, media and communication, film, social media, new media technology, community media, radio and TV production, graphics, animation, game art design and music and audio production.
Reasons to Study:
• Flexible course tailored around your interests
you can structure the course to fit around your career aspirations, with the opportunity to choose your exit award
• Benefit from excellent academic support
the expertise of our experienced academics from diverse backgrounds will support you in your learning
• Learn alongside our award winning research groups
benefit from a variety of research fields across the Leicester Media School, ensuring that you can draw upon a wide range of subject expertise including our Institute of Creative Technologies, Media Discourse Group and Cinema and Television History Research Centre
• Take advantage of our placement opportunities
opportunity to incorporate local, national or international placements or academic exchanges into your studies
• Develop research skills
you will develop and enhance your research skills, methods and problem solving enabling you get a feel for independent research study, and develop your skills accordingly to progress to PhD if you wish
• Excellent graduate prospects
graduates could go on to work in national and international creative industries such as PR, digital and broadcast media as well as going into further academic study towards a PhD
This course is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds who wish to pursue Postgraduate study as preparation for a research degree. The course is also aimed at in service; teachers or other professionals wishing to develop their academic profile and subject knowledge for career purposes; or who wish to change their direction of study and move into media studies from unrelated disciplines.
The programme is made up of three stages, each of which, on successful completion, can function as a stand-alone award: a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and the Master of Arts. If you wish to proceed to the next stage you will not normally be awarded with the intermediary awards.
The first stage includes three modules:
Online Research Methods
Research Project Proposal
First Negotiated Module
The second stage builds on the work undertaken and the credits gained for the Post Graduate Certificate. It is made up of two modules. Each module will have been designed by you in conjunction with your mentors as part of your learning contract, to further develop and test your research and communication skills and project-specific knowledge.
The third and final stage is that of the master’s award, which builds on the work undertaken and the credits gained for both the PG Cert and the PG Dip. It consists of a single module – your research project or dissertation. This final module is designed to showcase the skills and knowledge you have developed, and culminates in two assignments – a dissertation or piece of research, and a report or a piece of practical work.
Once you have identified an area of research deemed appropriate for master’s-level research in the Leicester Media School, you will begin to design your programme of study with your mentors (your first and second supervisors). You’ll be able to design a programme where you develop the aims and objectives of study and the assessment criteria by which your work will be judged.
Teaching and assessment
Depending on the focus of your research, the course can be studied online or offline. The minimum, requirement is that you have fortnightly tutorials with your mentor.
A variety of assessments will be used. The first two modules, Research Methods and the Research Project Proposal, have prescribed assessments. Following on from that you can choose how to be assessed, as long as the mode of assessment is appropriate to your research project and the aims and objectives you have set out for the relevant module. All students will be encouraged to present at least one assignment as a conference paper and one as a short article for a peer-reviewed publication.
The online Research Methods module will be assessed through an initial commentary on the range of methods available, and an in-depth analysis of three potential methods that might be used for your project. You will be required to research, test and critically evaluate each of the three methods through their application to a case study relevant to your research.
The Research Project Proposal will be assessed through an initial critical review of literature relevant to your project review; an essay, report or presentation; and supporting presentation or paper identifying the focus of your study and the main case studies you will use. It will culminate in the submission of your learning contract. Your learning contract will outline the detail of what you will be assessed on and how, for each negotiated module and your final independent study.
Contact and learning hours
Supervision hours are 45 hours per year per full time student, 22.5 per part-time student. Self directed study is 145 hours for a 15 credit module, 291 hours per 30 credit module and 590 hours for the 60 credit module.
To find out more
To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/entry-criteria-and-how-to-apply/entry-criteria-and-how-to-apply.aspx
Funding for postgraduate students http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-funding-2017-18/postgraduate-funding-2017-18.aspx