Taught course

Media Research

University of Stirling · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

A good degree in a relevant subject area. This normally means a degree whose classification is equivalent to the award of an upper second class Honours degree or better at a UK university. Candidates without formal academic qualifications but with significant media experience at an appropriate level may also be considered for admission to the course.

Months of entry


Course content

Our graduate media studies Masters award; Media Research (MRes) has an illustrious background, and with our other degrees has received awards.

1st in Scotland for research in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (most recent Research Assessment Exercise)

1st in Scotland for Communications and Media (The Independent Complete University Guide, 2011, and The Guardian University Guide, 2011)

The Master’s degree in Media Research, which can also provide the first year of the doctoral course, is designed to give you the necessary skills to carry out advanced interdisciplinary research in the broad field of media studies.

Course Objectives

A new suite of MRes courses has been developed concurrently by six subject areas: Applied Social Science, Education, Communications, Media and Culture, Management, Nursing, Midwifery and Health and Sports Studies. These courses have a shared core of four modules in generic research skills, plus specialist disciplinary modules and a range of options.

They aim to combine high quality with flexibility and choice for students. Employability is another important focus, with the opportunity for a research placement offered to all MRes students.

This course is designed to provide a basic but extensive training in media research methods. The training provided is multidisciplinary, covering social sciences and humanities approaches. Ideal candidates are those looking for employment in the media for which research training is seen as valuable, as well as those intending to pursue academic careers in the field.

The course aims to:

  • Provide a structured analysis of established practices in film and media studies research
  • Offer a critical overview of the intellectual frameworks that inform media research to enable you to develop your own approach to researching media institutions, texts and audiences
  • Encourage you to explore your personal research interests and support the development of original enquiry through student-centred teaching and assessment

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Dissertation (15000 words)
Approach varies in each module100

Course contact details

Dr Richard Haynes
+44 (0)1786 467 971