Taught course

Media, Culture and Communication

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree, or equivalent, in a related discipline is usually required for acceptance. Masters by Research courses are available in any of the research fields, including drama, dance and performing arts, popular music, film studies, sound technology, and art and design.

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters by research in Media, Culture and Communication provides training that is relevant for further qualitative research at MPhil and PhD level. It also develops your high-level qualitative research skills that are relevant to research-based jobs in the creative industries.
Essential Info
The focus in this Masters by Research is empirically researching and writing a supervised 25,000-word dissertation on an agreed and approved topic in media, cultural and communication studies. It is your opportunity to explore a topic of particular interest over an extended period, which can be a very rewarding experience.
We welcome proposals for our Masters by research in Media, Culture and Communication across our areas of expertise. This comprises Media Studies – including radio, TV, new media, print media, cinema, advertising, journalism, media in Wales, European media and global media; Cultural Studies – including masculinities, gender, youth and children’s culture, post-war popular culture, material culture, national culture, consumerism, convergence cultures and musical cultures; and Communication Studies – including risk, war, environment, health, trust and politics.
We have expertise in a wide range of methods, including case studies, ethnography, discourse analysis, archival analysis, political-economy and interviews.
What You Will Study
You will study the following modules:
• Research Paradigms
• Research Practices
You will also complete a research proposal, a 25,000-word dissertation and an oral examination (viva voce).
Common Modules
The Faculty understands the importance of a strong grounding in research knowledge and skills, enterprise and innovation as part of a balanced postgraduate education.
We also recognise that each student has different requirements of their postgraduate experience.
You can choose to study one of the following three, 20 credit common modules. Each of these has a different focus, enabling you to select the module that will be most beneficial to you.
Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship: This module aims to develop your knowledge of the methods to identify, develop and manage enterprise and innovation in the creative sector. It will then help you apply this to your own entrepreneurial project.
Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries: The focus of this module is on the development of research knowledge and skills, while also encouraging critical engagement with approaches to creative practice. You will also explore ideas, debates and issues in the creative and cultural industries.
Research Paradigms: This module focuses on research paradigms and their theoretical underpinnings. It also looks at key conceptual tools drawn from a wide range of subject areas relevant to postgraduate research in the creative industries.
How You Will Study
Teaching and learning will involve a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and student presentations. Modes of assessment include essays, projects, individual/group presentations, a dissertation and an oral examination (viva voce). Classes are held during evenings, allowing you the working day to further your dissertation or continue in paid employment. These limited but intensive contact hours will give you maximum flexibility in your study patterns. You will be allocated two dissertation supervisors and meet with them regularly.
Possible Career Options
Your research, communication and writing skills will be highly developed by the end of this process. Your work can be used to further your career prospects if your dissertation involves the extended study of media and cultural producers, audiences and/or texts in relevant areas.
This Masters provides training that is relevant for further qualitative research at MPhil and PhD level. It also develops high-level qualitative research skills that are relevant to research-based jobs in the creative industries.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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