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University of Bedfordshire
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Professional Doctorates: Journalism - Media - Television - Cinema

Three year part-time professional doctorate will equip you with an analytical grounding in emerging media theories; multi-platform journalism; and research methods.

This will enable you to identify and pursue your own research-based project leading to the submission of a thesis.

Derived from your own professional practice, your research will contribute to the development of specific companies in particular, and the media industries in general.

The Structure of the Award

The awards have two stages. Stage One lasts for one year and consists of three double units: Emerging Media Theories; Contemporary Professional Practice and Models and Methods of Media Analysis.

The first two of these are assessed at the end of Stage One by the completion of a publishable paper – one for each unit.

The third unit Models and Methods of Media Analysis continues throughout Stage Two and is assessed by the submission of an form which provides details for the final research project.

The submission of the form is a formal application to undertake a research degree to the University's Research Committee.

The committee must approve registration and this involves academic scrutiny and review at Research Institute level – in this case RIMAP.

Each unit involves 48 hours class contact with additional support and associated private study. Units will normally take the form of lectures, seminars, presentations and workshops.

There will be additional formal tutorial support for one hour per student per semester, and students will undertake the requisite private study.

In Stage Two, which lasts for a minimum of two years, students continue to attend the Models and Methods of Media Analysis unit and are required to prepare a 50,000 word thesis, which can be project or policy orientated.

Each student will be entitled to a further six hours tutorial support per semester augmented by email correspondence.

Entry Requirements

Candidates wanting to gain entry to these Professional Doctorates should be experienced senior professionals or managers in journalism, television, media or related fields.

They should possess a good honours degree from a UK university, or a Masters degree or equivalent qualification. Candidates will normally be in relevant employment.

The Professional Doctorate runs annually from September each year.

For specific academic enquiries contact Professor Luke Hockley

General admissions enquiries should be made though the Research Graduate School

Bedfordshire University

Professional Doctorates: Journalism - Media - Television - Cinema