- Entry requirements: 2:1 degree in a relevant subject.
- Full-time: 12 months
- Part-time: 24 months
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The Communication and Media MRes allows you to undertake a one year full-time or two year part-time research project in Communication and Media. You will receive training in research skills and supervision from one or more academic specialists in their subject area.
The programme provides excellent preparation for you if you’re intending to undertake a PhD in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, but is also a good choice if you wish to pursue a research project for purposes of professional development or personal interest.
You will become part of a community of active researchers conducting interdisciplinary research on topics including: digital and social media; political communication and journalism; media history and theory; film and screen; strategic communication; cultural studies and cultural anthropology; photography; computer games; television and magazines; global entertainment, and global events. As a research student you will be encouraged to pursue your own research interests in collaboration with an academic supervisor.
This programme is designed for those considering careers in, for example, media, journalism, publishing and management.
Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.
International students may be able to study this course on a part-time basis but this is dependent on visa regulations. Please visit the Government website for more information about student visas.
If you're able to study part-time, you'll study the same modules as the full-time master's degree over a longer period, usually 24 months. You can make studying work for you by arranging your personal schedule around lectures and seminars which take place during the day. After you complete all the taught modules, you will complete your final dissertation or project and will celebrate your achievements at graduation the following term.
Studying part-time means you can study alongside work or any other life commitments. You will study the same modules as the full-time master's degree over a longer period, usually 24 months. You can make studying work for you by arranging your personal schedule around lectures and seminars which take place during the day. After you complete all the taught modules, you will complete your final dissertation or project and will celebrate your achievements at graduation the following term.
You will take ONE only of the following modules: COMM747, COMM523, COMM760, COMM749, COMM742, or COMM755. This will be determined by your research proposal and you will be allocated the module most appropriate to your subject of study.
Research Resources is a preparatory module that allows students to develop a body of research materials relevant to their dissertation project. With guidance from the supervisor(s), students will identify the key primary and secondary sources that will inform their work. They will develop detailed knowledge of the existing scholarship and debates in their field, while also beginning to identify the contribution that will be made by their own work.
By the end of the module, students will have produced a detailed critical bibliography of key primary and secondary sources that will provide the critical foundation for your dissertation project.
This module is designed to prepare students for their dissertation research. It begins by introducing them to the fundamental aspects of research in the field of media and communication studies, looking at how to find and critique existing knowledge in the field, research project design, and ethical considerations.
Students will then be introduced to a number of approaches in the field of political communication research such as media content analysis, frame analysis, survey design, interview techniques, focus group research, as well as the basics of statistical data analysis and data visualisation. By the end of the module, students will be in a position to present and submit their own dissertation proposals.
The module gives MSc Strategic Communication students the set of methodological concepts and skills necessary for undertaking scientific research in the field of communication sciences, with special attention to the analysis and evaluation of strategic communication. The module is intended to prepare students for the dissertation and to support them in the different research projects and activities undertaken during the academic year.
Researching Culture and Everyday Life provides an introduction to a range of research methods and critical-creative approaches designed to equip students with the relevant skills and methodological tools required for studying media, culture and everyday life. The module is organised around three main blocks. The first, consisting of four lectures, introduces students to the fundamentals of research design, philosophy and ethics. Looking ahead to the final assessment, practical guidance and skills in designing and developing a research project proposal will also be provided. The first block of lectures is delivered as part of wider postgraduate methods training in the Department of Communication Media, and sessions are accordingly shared with students studying on parallel masters programmes. The second and third block of lectures focus on research methods frameworks and approaches that are specific to the Media, Culture and Everyday Life programme. These include ethnographic and autoethnographic methods, the role of archives in cultural research, working with sensory and affective approaches to research practice, visual methods, microhistorical approaches, ‘messy’ and creative/experimental research methods.
Researching Screen is a research methods module aiming to demonstrate both the fundamental principles of academic research design and the ideas and philosophies that underpin it as well as showcase certain philosophical, theoretical, methodological and analytical approaches that have been utilised in the study of screen media. The module is organised in 3 blocks.
The first block includes sessions that that are broadly about research design across the academic spectrum and delivered to all PGT students in the Department. It will include important introductory sessions and will be delivered by staff across the various research clusters in the department.
Block two and three are subject specific and focus exclusively on research approaches that have been informed by theories, philosophies and disciplinary traditions associated with the field of the arts, humanities and cultural studies. These include approaches that are centred on the study of the visual image as text (semiotics, narrative, style) on relevant contexts around industrial and cultural aspects of screen media (political economy to cultural approaches to industry research), on media specific models of analysis (games and television) and on audiences and fans.
Blocks two and three will be delivered by a number of colleagues in the Screen and Film Studies research cluster who will demonstrate research methods based on their own expertise.
This module will provide students with skills to understand and apply the building blocks of computational social science. Students will be introduced to cutting edge methods to design, develop and interpret quantitative surveys, as well as to collect and analyse large datasets from digital sources at different levels of granularity. At the end of the module, students will be able to match techniques to answer research questions such as: what are peoples’ attitudes towards news media and what social factors significantly influence those attitudes? How does disinformation spread? What hot topics were debated on social media in the last month? The module will be taught following "active learning" methodologies where empirical activities as well as group discussions will play a key role.
This module allows students to develop a substantial piece of written work that will demonstrate and clarify the aims and scope of their project. By the end of the module, students will have defined their key research questions and begun to develop key points of their analysis and argument. Though the module is in some respects continuous with COMM704 and can be thought of as the beginning of students’ work on their dissertation, it is also intended to provide substantial feedback on the development of their research project and plans. Students will work with their supervisor(s) to define their key questions, clarify the scope and purposes of their project, and identify any possible challenges. At the end of the module, students will submit a substantial piece of written work that will demonstrate the aims and feasibility of their project. Material used in this assessment can be included in their final dissertation and might take the form of a sample chapter.
On this module, students will undertake a piece of original research in their chosen field. With guidance from an academic supervisor (or supervisory team) students will produce a dissertation of between 30,000 and 35,000 words (or equivalent) based on their independent research. This module is a core component of the MRes Communication and Media programme and as such its syllabus will vary according to the individual research project and will be determined by the student with guidance from the academic supervisor(s).
Teaching on MRes Communication and Media is delivered through regular supervisory meetings with academic staff with subject-area expertise matched to students’ specific areas of research interest. With the exception of one class-taught module on research methods (to be chosen from five different bespoke methods modules offered by the Department of Communication and Media), there is no group teaching. MRes students are invited and encouraged to participate in, and contribute to the wider research culture in the Department. But in terms of teaching, students’ main point of contact will be with supervisors who provide one-on-one tutorials.
Students studying the MRes will be assessed by coursework. Preparatory work (e.g. annotated bibliography, research project proposal) is designed to provide step-by-step development of ideas and knowledge that will feed into completion of the final dissertation (30-35,000 words), which is the primary mode of assessment.
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
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The MRes Communication and Media may enhance the career prospects of those working or wishing to work in fields associated with the study of Communication and Media subjects (Film, Television, Digital Media, Journalism, Linguistics, Public Relations, Cultural Industries, etc.). While managerial positions often require the ability to conduct research or project-work and to demonstrate sustained and complex organisational skills in ways encompassed by this programme, its emphasis on oral and written communication skills as well as on IT-based presentation skills will be useful for many types of employment.
You may want to take this course for personal development as you are interested in the field. Equally, the MRes is designed to prepare you for further research at PhD level, and to enable you to enter postgraduate research, offering a first step towards a career in academic teaching and research.
Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.
|UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)|
|Full-time place, per year||£4,712|
|Part-time place, per year||£2,356|
|Full-time place, per year||£21,850|
|Part-time place, per year||£10,925|
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.
If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and Postgraduate Loans.
Please note, this programme may have additional costs associated with it depending on your choice of a lab or computational/fieldwork-based project.
Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.
The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.
|Postgraduate entry requirements||
Applicants are required to submit a sample of written work (2,000-3,000 words). This can be an undergraduate essay or similar.
If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, a Pre-Master’s can help you gain a place. This specialist preparation course for postgraduate study is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. Although there’s no direct Pre-Master’s route to this MRes, completing a Pre-Master’s pathway can guarantee you a place on many other postgraduate courses at The University of Liverpool.
You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.
|English language qualification||Requirements|
IELTS 6.5 overall (with S:6.5, W:6.5, L:5.5, R:5.5)
View our IELTS academic requirements key.
Standard Level (Grade 5)
|TOEFL iBT||88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23.|
|INDIA Standard XII||70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards|
|Hong Kong use of English AS level||C|
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Last updated 2 October 2023 / / Programme terms and conditions /