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Creative Practice MRes

Course Description

The School of Creative Studies and Media has a strong reputation for its synthesis of critical/theoretical work and practice, and this degree lies at the heart of its activity. You take first semester modules in creativity and research and in media theory, before embarking on the production of a substantial practice-based dissertation under the supervision of a specialist member of staff. The dissertation includes both a reflective/critical element and a portfolio, and can be undertaken in any of the practice-based disciplines taught in the School, including writing, screenwriting, performance, television and radio production, film and documentary making, digital media writing and production, and journalism. Successful applicants for this programme will have an excellent first degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent practical/industrial experience, and a demonstrated ability to work independently to bring a self-directed project to completion.


Media, Culture, and Creativity Theory: This module builds on one of the School of Creative Studies and Media Department’s greatest strengths, by bringing students together with other practitioners and researchers from other fields of study in a forum for a wider discourse about current research in the media and creative industries. The module will provide a systematic overview of major 20th and 21st century critical schools and theoretical approaches, which are key for an advanced understanding of how to read and analyse creative, cultural and media artefacts such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, film, video games and other new media texts.

Research Methods: This module equips you with an understanding and critical overview of key methodological issues associated with various types of research in the Media, Cultural and Creative Industries, in preparation for the dissertation.

MRes Humanities Dissertation: With guidance from academic staff, students following the MRes Humanities Dissertation module will be asked to choose a topic of their own, for further research. Students will be expected to produce an independently researched piece of work which will reflect the knowledge and skills acquired from the taught modules. The topic chosen may be specific to one culture or comparative.

Visit the Creative Practice MRes page on the Bangor University website for more details!

Student Profiles

AHRC One-year Research Preparation Masters (RPM) in Creative Writing - Single Award

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts, Education and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC One-year Research Preparation Masters (RPM) in Creative Writing (one year full-time or two years part-time) beginning on 1st October 2011. The AHRC RPM scheme supports students undertaking Masters courses who wish to focus on advanced study and research training and is explicitly intended to provide a foundation for further research at doctoral level. There is a depth of writing experience at Bangor in both English and Welsh, and the current staff of the College of Arts, Education and Humanities includes a number of writers who have gained international recognition for their work.Applicants should apply for a place on the following Masters degree:MA Creative Practice (School of Creative Studies and Media) - focus on 'applied' writing (for the stage, screen and media). The School of Creative Studies and Media at Bangor engages in cross-disciplinary research and teaching across the creative media. It specialises in a number of key areas: media and digital communication; journalism; writing for stage, film and media; film studies; theatre and performance; creative practice. Further details are available at http://www.bangor.ac.uk/courses/postgrad/taught/courses.php.en?view=course&prospectustype=postgraduate&courseid=486&subjectarea=23

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fee + £9490


Applicants should hold a distinguished academic record, which will include a Bachelor Degree (or equivalent) and, in the case of those applying for one of the three-year PhD studentships, will preferably have gained, or be in the process of studying for, a Masters degree or relevant professional experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the aptitude to successfully complete the MA/PhD by research within the period of the award. AHRC awards are open to UK and to EU applicants.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 1st July 2011 and interviews will be held in late July / early August. Applicants must apply using the University's Postgraduate On-Line Application Form available here. Please supply all the relevant supporting documents requested on the on-line application form electronically including the research proposal (max. 1000 words) detailing:
(i) relevant research skills and experience (including, for example, I.T. skills, and a brief description of university programme of study to date), and
(ii) the main focus of postgraduate interest, research plans and an understanding of the challenges ahead, and
(iii) whether or not you are applying to other institutions with an AHRC BGP (if so, please state the name of the institution or institutions).

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good 2.i Honours degree or industry equivalent experience.

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