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Arts and Creative Industries MRes

Overview

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, you 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.

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.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
January; February; March; April; May; June; September; October; November; December
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
January; February; March; April; May; June; September; October; November; December
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • Exploring  the benefits of bilingual radio drama

    Exploring the benefits of bilingual radio drama

    LSBU researchers and their collaborators explore the methods and benefits of creating bilingual radio drama a compelling dramatic experience.

  • Multiculturalism and Britishness at the Tate

    Multiculturalism and Britishness at the Tate

    Home to greats like Hockney, Turner, Freud and Hepworth, the Tate occupies a special place in the UK’s cultural psyche. But how does the notion of a national collection representing Britain – perhaps even a discourse of ‘Britishness’ – fit with a 21st-century idea of identity?

Modules

There are no modules on this course as it is a research degree, however you can choose to take the following module:

    This module provides an overview of the major theoretical perspectives that underpin academic media research, and shows you how qualitative and quantitative methods are used to study media institutions,texts and policies. The module also explores the ethical and political issues that arise in doing media research and the role and responsibilities of the social researcher in the community.

Employability

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.

When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.

In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.

Attending conferences

Research students are often sponsored to attend national and international conferences and to meet leading scientists in their fields and to present their research findings. The progress of all research students is formally monitored by the University's Research Degree Committee.

Transferable skills

A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Staff

Matthew Hawkins

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Film Practice

Matthew is a filmmaker and film-thinker.  His research interests include film practice, focusing on affect and tone in narrative cinema, documentary film, and experimental practice.


Facilities

  • Edric Theatre

    Edric Theatre

    A dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity that can be set up in numerous configurations. The main auditorium, 30-seat studio and backstage facilities are used by drama, performance and technical theatre students. Facilities are available for commercial hire.

  • Borough Road Gallery

    Borough Road Gallery

    The gallery is a home for visual art and a unique part of the University's heritage. Opened in 2012, the Borough Road Gallery contains valuable and significant works of Post War British Art in a public collection, produced by the celebrated artist and teacher David Bomberg (1890-1957).

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Research Degree programme at LSBU are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's level. Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level. You will be invited to an interview with your potential supervisor, in person or by telephone, prior to an offer being made.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
January; February; March; April; May; June; September; October; November; December
Application code
P052702
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
January; February; March; April; May; June; September; October; November; December
Application code
P052702
Application method

Home, EU and International students should apply for our full-time and part-time postgraduate research courses in the UK using the online system provided by the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) via UCAS Postgraduate. You can apply for up to 10 courses – create your application in your own time and complete unfinished sections when you're ready. Use their Track service to follow your applications as they progress through the system and receive any offer replies online. All application enquiries can be put to our Course Enquiries Team by phoning 0800 923 88 88, or emailing course.enquiry@lsbu.ac.uk.

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £4195International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 4720Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £2450International fee: £6250
AOS/LSBU code: 4721Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £4900
International £12500

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

At the London Doctoral Academy we are committed to supporting and developing professional researchers who are driven to make a difference. We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations - and when they're available we'll publish notices on the London Doctoral Academy site.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Exploring  the benefits of bilingual radio drama

    Exploring the benefits of bilingual radio drama

    LSBU researchers and their collaborators explore the methods and benefits of creating bilingual radio drama a compelling dramatic experience.

  • Multiculturalism and Britishness at the Tate

    Multiculturalism and Britishness at the Tate

    Home to greats like Hockney, Turner, Freud and Hepworth, the Tate occupies a special place in the UK’s cultural psyche. But how does the notion of a national collection representing Britain – perhaps even a discourse of ‘Britishness’ – fit with a 21st-century idea of identity?

  • Mickey Mayhew, PhD Sociology and Media Studies

    Mickey Mayhew, PhD Sociology and Media Studies

    Mickey came to LSBU to pursue a PhD and to develop his writing career; he now has several books on the shelves of the UK’s iconic independent bookseller, Foyles.

 
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Tel: 0800 923 8888

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Course Enquiries - International

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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