Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


MA by Research

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The MA by Research is for candidates who have appropriate qualifications to undertake research and who have a clearly defined project which is planned and focused from the outset.

How you study

The MA by Research involves the completion of the research project and submission of a thesis of up to 30,000 words within one year of registration (two years for part time study). The subject must have substantial significance and, because of the nature of the degree, it is very important that the work is clearly focused and a disciplined approach to the project is adopted. MA by Research students are required to attend the MA Research Methods and Dissertation module.

How to apply

Submit your university application online.

You must first make an application through the University’s application process and in addition you must complete a short Application form.

The heart of your application will be your research proposal. This should be a document of around 2,000 words and should normally include the following:

  1. A clear statement of the proposed research topic.
  2. An explanation and rationale of the importance of the proposed topic. This may include a section on the gaps or limitations of any existing work in your proposed area.
  3. A section indicating possible methodology and why this methodology might be the most appropriate for your topic.
  4. An approximate timetable showing a realistic plan for the completion of your research and writing within one year.

Before you submit an application, you should consider how your proposed research fits with the research interests of staff at the School of Media and Communication. You do not need to identify potential supervisors before you apply, but in view of the short timescale involved in studying for an MA by Research, it is important that you get a clear idea of the kind of research we do and make it clear how your proposed research will fit with that undertaken at the School.



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