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Develop high level research skills and deepen your knowledge of film and culture by studying with world leading researchers. This course offers an advanced level of engagement with theories and research practices across the interdisciplinary fields of film, media and cultural studies.
In this flexible course you can focus on areas that you find particularly fascinating whilst contextualizing them within this academic field. It includes field trips and industry visits that will bring new insights into cultural industries and cultural practices.
You will benefit from being part of the vibrant research culture of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS) whose specialisms include: sexual cultures; film and emotion; stardom; everyday-life studies; masculinities; game studies; and cultural participation. Our research events programme brings a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds.
You will refine your powers of analysis, research and communication. These skills are highly valued by employers and will boost your employability.
Offering a year-round programme of exhibitions, events and performances, Sunderland Culture brings big-name artists from the worlds of contemporary visual arts, glass, ceramics and performance to the city, alongside showcasing the best and most exciting local talent. There is a huge range of opportunities for students to visit the venues, take part in events and get involved in the programme. Learn more about Sunderland Culture.
All modules are team taught, drawing on the wide range of research specialisms of our staff. Co-taught with MA Media and Cultural Studies, this MA enables you to contextualize your own work within the wider field of film, media and cultural studies. You will pursue your own specific interests via the choice of assignment questions on the taught modules and through negotiation of topics in the Special Topic and Dissertation modules.
On this flexible course our students have produced work on a wide range of topics, with methods ranging from textual analysis to audience study and ethnography. Previous dissertation topics have included: An Oral History of Cinemagoing in Sunderland; National Identity in New Zealand Cinema; Mise en scene, characterization and emotional resonance in Pixar’s Wall-E; The Films of Makoto Shinkai; Tinder dating; Horror in Children’s Media; Mediated Nostalgia and Escapism in Video Games.
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which may include lectures, seminars, field trips, critiques. workshops and supervision. Via the CRMCS research events programme these are supported by a range of guest speakers form diverse academic and industry backgrounds.
Assessment methods include essays, projects, presentations, and a dissertation.
You will complete a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice. As the culmination of the course, it will build on all the skills and knowledge that you have gained up to this point.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
We usually require applicants to hold a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a related discipline. We will also consider applications from those who hold a 2:2 honours degree.
If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS (or equivalent) score of at least 7.0.
The annual, full-time fee for this course is:
The part-time fee is £375 per 10 credits. Please note part-time study is not available to international applicants.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
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This information was correct at the time of publication.
Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course, you will be equipped for a range of roles in the media and cultural industries.
Throughout the course you will refine your powers of analysis, research and communication. These skills are highly valued by employers and will boost your employability. A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies. The approach of the course, with its emphasis on supported independent research, is excellent preparation if you are thinking of continuing on to PhD level.
Our graduates are employed in a wide variety of fields including evaluation research, education, digital marketing, and freelance creative arts, as well as going on to undertake further study in areas such as teacher training and PhD research.
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