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Leicester Media School Independent Study MA/MSc

Course Description

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 LMS Independent Study at DMU:

• Have the flexibility to tailor the course to your interests, with a structure that fits into your lifestyle

• Take advantage of the opportunity to incorporate local, national or international placements or academic exchanges into
your studies

• Get a taste for what PhD Study might entail and develop an appreciation of independent research study

• Benefit from the support of experienced academic experts within their field who will regularly have contact with you to review your progress

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.

Course Modules

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 MA. 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 PG 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. You will have
the opportunity to integrate modules from other postgraduate courses within the Leicester Media School into your study programme.

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.

The next available start date for this course is September 2016.

Visit the Leicester Media School Independent Study MA/MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a media, humanities, technology, science or related subject area relevant subject. f you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application individually.

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