A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.
Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master's course.
You'll be expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.
Your main supervisor will normally head a supervisory team which will comprising up to three members. The research supervisor will advise and support you on your project.
At the end of the project you'll write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined.
On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).
Our research specialisms
Research in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies focuses on a wide range of aspects of the interplay between media audiences, industries, technologies and texts. The subject group offers research and supervision expertise in areas including:
• Digital Media
• Fan Cultures
• User participation, user generated content and transmedia narratives
• Film and Television Studies
• Media and Sport
• Cultural Globalisation
• Media and Power
• Media and Identity (including questions of ethnicity and gender)
• Media History
• Media Industries and Policy
• African Media and Journalism
• The interplay of popular and political communication
• Journalism Practice and Theory
• Investigative Journalism
A new research centre dedicated to forms of participatory culture and the shifting boundaries between media industries and media users to be launched in 2016, will offer a focal point for our postgraduate research culture.
You are advised to take time to investigate the University's website to find out more details about the research we conduct. Please visit the Research section of the website to take a look at the information there.
To find out about the staff in this subject area please visit the subject area page, or alternatively, to look at profiles of any of our academic staff, you can visit our academic staff profile page.
Your completed research proposal outlining your areas of interest as part of your application will be used to identify the appropriate supervisors for your project. If you have already discussed your application with a member of staff, please identify them in your online application.
Normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA by Research is an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification (the minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable).Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages
Recipient: University of Huddersfield
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