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Research Institute for Media, Arts and Performance
University of Bedfordshire
Luton campus
University Square

+44 (0)1234 400 400 (switchboard)

Research Students

Research Degrees

Masters by Research, MPhil and PhD

The Research Institute for Media, Art and Design welcomes applications for post-graduate research.

It offers supervision for research degrees: Masters by Research (1 year), MPhil (2 years) and PhD (3 year)

Practice-led Masters by Research

Media, Art and Design runs a series of Masters by Research Awards across the range of its subjects and skills. You may work towards an MA in areas such as Art and Design, Film, Multimedia, Creative Writing, Radio and Journalism. You will work on a Creative/Practice-based project within the subject area, supervised by a member of academic staff on a one-to-one basis.

The Institute will provide additional support lectures to acclimatize students to academic research, and there is a regular series of seminars presented by researchers and practitioners. There is a Research Student Room, equipped with Apple Mac computers, for private work and small workshops.

This is a one-year full-time research degree (two years part-time). You will concentrate on a piece of practice-based work (a film, piece of art-work, or a creative text), which will be supported by a thesis of about 15,000 words explaining the context, methodology and research history of the project.

The assessment process includes a short presentation, plus viva-voce examination. The range and scope of the project will be discussed at the outset by yourself and your supervisor to ensure the correct balance between creative work and thesis, and to make sure that the project is capable of completion within the time-scale of the course.

Entry qualification is usually a BA (Hons) degree 2:2 or above in a relevant discipline, although students with considerable practical experience in the subject area, and with a BA in a different discipline, should not be discouraged from applying.

The first stage will be to discuss your experience and proposed research with the Subject Leader in that particular area. To discuss your proposed area of research contact the staff member below before making a formal application:

  • Masters by Research - Art and Design
  • Masters by Research - Creative Writing (Keith Jebb)
  • Masters by Research – Film (Dave Green)
  • Masters by Research – Journalism (Alexis Weedon)
  • Masters by Research – Multimedia (Pete Dean)
  • Masters by Research – Performance (Helen Bailey)
  • Masters by Research – Radio (Janey Gordon)

Staff emails are: If you contact a member of staff by email please put 'Masters by Research Inquiry' in the subject line. You may prefer to telephone 01234 400400 and ask for the staff member by name.

When you are ready to apply, contact the Research Graduate School for an application form and return it with an outline of your proposed practice.

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