Research course

Arts and Creative Industries

London South Bank University · Arts and Media

Entry requirements

When applying for a Research Degree Programme at LSBU you are expected to have a good honours degree. If you have the equivalent of a lower second or third class honours you would also need a Postgraduate qualification at Masters level. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications.

Months of entry

January, November, October, September, May, April, March, February

Course content

The School of Arts and Creative Industries has a major commitment to scholarship and research. We recognise its significance in underpinning course provision, particularly at postgraduate level, and in developing enterprise and knowledge transfer with the media, arts and creative sectors.

All research students are enrolled in the LSBU's postgraduate Key Skills programme. In addition, they can undertake research methods training from relevant MA and MSc courses, as well as taking part in specialist events and activities, which ensure an inclusive and thriving research culture.

Our applied research tackles real-world issues and encompasses a wide variety of methodologies and approaches, including practice-based research, empirical work on audiences and texts, and theory-driven analysis. Read the Arts and Creative Industries Research blog for up-to-date information about research activities.

The School is home to the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, which uses a trans-disciplinary approach to analysing the use of the image in network culture.

Advantages of an MRes

An MRes is distinct from a taught Masters in that your final output will be an extended dissertation or creative project relevant to your field of interest, rather than module-based coursework and exams. LSBU also offers project-based Masters as part of its Creative Media Artsscheme. The difference between this and the MRes is that you are able to complete the MRes in just one year.

Areas of MRes research

We offer MRes supervision in a range of subject areas, methodological approaches and theoretical approaches, including practice-based research. We welcome proposals in all areas of research relevant to the School.

Research environment

Research students benefit from engaging with highly qualified academic staff and become a vital part of our dynamic research culture.

Research excellence

80% of our research was awarded 3* out of 4* for impact - very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance - by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be expected to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.

Fees and funding

Please see our website: Research scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 7815 6100