Taught course

Creative Industries

University of Portsmouth · School of Film, Media and Communication

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in a related subject. Applicants may be subject to interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Why take this course?

The MRes in Creative Industries offers you the opportunity to undertake in-depth study in an area of interest to you while developing your skills in research. You will spend one third of your time in the taught element of your course, covering your chosen subject and training in research methodology, and the remaining two-thirds in your personalised research dissertation. You can study within any of the Faculty’s schools: Architecture, Art & Design, Creative Technologies or Media & Performing Arts.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Work with a member of staff to conduct a large research project of your choosing within the area of creative and culture industries
  • Experience a satisfying intellectual challenge within a productive research community, aided by supportive supervision
  • Your project will be supported through formal research training sessions such as: preparation of an artefact, peer reviewed publication, critical review, grant application, conference presentation or intellectual property submission

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course will provide a thorough grounding should you consider moving towards doctoral or research related roles as a career. You will develop a wide variety of skills, experience and competence throughout your studies, offering further advantages in terms of employment opportunities.

Here are some routes graduates may pursue:

  • Research-related careers
  • PhD study
  • Architectural or creative practice
  • Curation
  • Design
  • Teaching
  • Theatre Performance

Module Details

The course is offered as full-time (one year) or part-time (two years).

The course has two units:

  • Research Project (120 credits). This is the main part of the course, with an extended research project undertaken in one of the Schools in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries during which you will work with an experienced member of academic staff.
  • Research Preparation and Development (60 credits). This includes a wide range of research skills, including: personal effectiveness, research management, professional skills, networking, research organisation, science communication, impact, literature review and career management.

Programme Assessment

The Research Preparation and Development unit involves a number of taught sessions. These will be selected by you and your supervisory team from Faculty and Department subject-specific provision as well as from our Graduate School Development Programme. You will also refine and submit your research proposal as part of the unit.

The Research Project unit is supported by a nominated supervisor with whom regular contact is maintained, usually through face-to-face meetings organised on a regular basis for the duration of the research project period. The supervisor will have expertise in your chosen research area.

The Research Preparation and Development unit has a number of assessments including a project proposal, literature review and reflective practice.

The Research Project unit assessments include a presentation and a dissertation.

Student Destinations

The MRes will give you research methods training and skills that are relevant to your current and future employment. It will also facilitate the achievement of your further career progression through engagement with continuing professional development activities. Roles our graduates may take on include:

  • Research-related careers
  • PhD study
  • Architectural or creative practice
  • Curation
  • Design
  • Teaching
  • Theatre Performance

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £6,500 Part time: £2,170 (60 credits) in year 1 and £4,330* (120 credits) in year 2. * Fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
Full time: £13,200 Part time: £4,400 (60 credits) in year 1 and £8,800* (120 credits) in year 2 *Fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566