Arts: Communication and Media MRes

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject and are required to submit a sample of written work.
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Module details

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered

Please note: programme and module details are illustrative and subject to change.

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.

Compulsory modules

Research Resources (SOTA701)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop skills of independent research, including use of library resources and electronic databases. To identify key primary and secondary resources relevant to the student's field of research. To develop detailed knowledge of existing scholarly debates relevant to the student's field of research.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of library resources, electronic databases and other scholarly resources (where appropriate) for purposes of independent research.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate scholarly judgement in the identification of appropriate primary and secondary sources as part of a research project.

(LO3) Students will develop detailed knowledge of existing scholarship, debates and theoretical and/or methodological perspectives in their chosen field of research.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S7) Time and project management - Project management

(S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

(S10) Information skills - Information accessing: [Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S11) Information skills - Record-keeping

(S12) Research skills - All Information skills

(S13) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

(S14) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

Feasibility Study (SOTA702)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce a preliminary and preparatory essay based on the student's area of research.

To define the scope, methodology and boundaries of the student's research project.

To develop the student's skills of critical writing through the development of a coherent and appropriate academic voice.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of and engagement with the existing scholarship within the proposed area of research.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate a coherent methodology appropriate to the area of research.

(LO3) Students will begin to make an original contribution to the area of research through detailed engagement with primary and/or secondary sources as appropriate.

(LO4) Students will strengthen their communication skills in written work through the development of an appropriate and coherent academic voice.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading.

(S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills).

(S7) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S8) Time and project management - Personal action planning.

(S9) Time and project management - Project planning.

(S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

(S11) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation.

(S12) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification.

(S13) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

(S14) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis.

(S15) Information skills - Critical reading.

(S16) Information skills - Evaluation.

(S17) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S18) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity.

(S19) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc).

(S20) Skills in using technology - Information accessing.

(S21) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

Dissertation (SOTA703)
LevelM
Credit level120
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce an extended piece of research in an Arts-based subject.

To develop specialist subject knowledge in the student's chosen area of research.

To gain experience of postgraduate-level academic research in the Arts, with a view to possible future progression to doctoral research.

To make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of the Arts.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire detailed specialist knowledge in their chosen field of research and will be able to make an original contribution to knowledge in that field.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of research methodologies in the Arts, as appropriate to the chosen field of research.

(LO3) Students will demonstrate the ability to present original research in a coherent written form, including the use of an appropriate academic voice and accuracy in presentation in referencing.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills).

(S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S7) Time and project management - Personal action planning.

(S8) Time and project management - Project planning.

(S9) Time and project management - Project management.

(S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

(S11) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation.

(S12) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification.

(S13) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

(S14) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis.

(S15) Information skills - Critical reading.

(S16) Information skills - Evaluation.

(S17) Information skills - Record-keeping.

(S18) Information skills - Information accessing:(Locating relevant information) (Identifying and evaluating information sources).

(S19) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S20) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity.

(S21) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc).

(S22) Skills in using technology - Information accessing.

(S23) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

(S24) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility.

Research Methods in Media & Politics (COMM747)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To introduce students to some of the fundamental aspects of research design, including ethical considerations and procedures.

To familiarise students with a variety of approaches to political communication research.

To provide practical guidance on selecting methods appropriate to research questions in the field of political communication.

To help students to develop a number of transferable skills in project planning, critique and analysis, as well as verbal and written communication.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire broad foundational knowledge of research methods design, research philosophy, and research ethics policy and practice.

(LO2) Students will be able to locate their research within its field.

(LO3) Students will understand several key approaches to political communication research.

(LO4) Students will be able to design a research project using appropriate methodology.

(S1) Information skills - critical reading

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - media analysis

(S3) Time and project management - project planning

Research Methods for Strategic Communication (COMM523)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The module had the following aims:
1. To introduce students to principles and methods of academic research in communication and media, with a particular focus on the field of strategic communication studies.
2. To provide students with research methods knowledge and skills to undertake independent research
3. To support student in planning and preparing their dissertation project
4. To give students critical awareness of issues of research ethics and familiarity with the procedures needed for undertaking ethically compliant research

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain critical understanding of the importance of rigorous methods in academic research

(LO2) Students will learn how to identify research problems and formulate relevant questions and hypotheses

(LO3) Students will learn how to select appropriate methods and data to investigate a research problem

(LO4) Students will learn how to discuss and present research results

(LO5) Students will gain awareness of ethical implications of social research

(LO6) Students will have the ability to prepare and outline a dissertation proposal

(S1) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

(S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions

(S3) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

(S4) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

(S5) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

Researching Culture and Everyday Life (COMM760)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop broad-ranging knowledge of research methods philosophy, design, ethics and practice related to research in the arts, humanities and social sciences

To familiarise students with a range of methods and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of media, culture and everyday life

To develop practical and critical-creative skills that help foster flexibility and reflexivity in research design and in the undertaking of large-scale research projects in the arts and humanities

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire broad foundational knowledge of research methods design, research philosophy and research ethics policy and practice

(LO2) Students will gain familiarity in research methods and approaches tailored for advanced level research and scholarship in media, culture and everyday life

(LO3) Students will develop requisite practical knowledge and critical-creative skills necessary for the undertaking and successful completion of large-scale research projects in the arts and humanities

(S1) Information and research skills - Critical reading

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Critical analysis and dissemination

(S3) Time and project management - Project planning

Researching Screen (COMM749)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

1. To foster a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin and the main elements that comprise an academic research project (research design, philosophy, ethics, practice)

2. To outline a range of research methods in screen media studies research informed by arts, humanities and cultural studies approaches

3. To enable students to understand and critique the methodological approaches used within the interdisciplinary environment of screen studies

4. To train students to identify the most appropriate methods for any given research topic in the field of screen studies

5. To develop transferable skills (devising a research project, presenting and justifying it to your peers, locating and retrieving area specific sources, writing it up as an advanced piece of research)

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire broad foundational knowledge of research methods design, research philosophy and research ethics policy and practice.

(LO2) Student will demonstrate knowledge of a variety of methods in screen media studies research informed by arts, humanities and cultural studies approaches

(LO3) Students will be able to understand, evaluate and critique methodological approaches used within the interdisciplinary environment of screen studies

(LO4) Students will be able to choose the most appropriate methods for a research project they will develop with the field of screen studies

(S1) Devising a research project, presenting and justifying it to your peers, locating and retrieving area specific sources, writing it up as an advanced piece of research

(S2) Identifying and accessing area specific sources of information and materials

(S3) Developing literacy in terms of an ability to produce clear, structured written work

(S4) Developing proficiency in using digital resources and tools for research as required by the chosen project

Introduction to Computational Social Science Methods (COMM742)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

1. To provide students with basic methods to answer social science research questions through data analysis
2. To introduce students with skills to design and analyse quantitative surveys
3. To teach students how to collect and organise datasets from digital media sources
4. To give students insights on how to map and investigate social networks
5. To provide students with the empirical means to scaffold debates on online media at a large scale

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire broad foundational knowledge of research methods design, research philosophy and research ethics policy and practice.

(LO2) Students will learn how to design suitable surveys for different research questions.

(LO3) Students will acquire basic skills in probability analysis and statistical modelling for social science.

(LO4) Students will learn most up to date methodologies for data collection across digital media.

(S1) Data wrangling

(S2) Hypothesis testing through statistical modelling

(S3) Working with API (application programming interface)

(S4) Automated text analysis (sentiment analysis, topic modelling, opinion mining)

Social Media Research Methods (COMM755)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
Aims

This module aims to provide students with an overview of research methods as applied to social media research. It aims to teach necessary foundational knowledge for research design, as well as specific approaches. By developing students’ abilities to understand and interpret published research as well as to conduct their own projects, it aims to support both the taught modules and the dissertation module for the MA in Media, Data and Society. The data analysis techniques and R skills taught in the module also aim to support students in future data-driven work outside the academy.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire broad foundational knowledge of research methods design, research philosophy and research ethics policy and practice.

(LO2) Students will learn basic social statistics and their application to survey research

(LO3) Students will learn the foundations of computational social media research methods including different approaches to using text as data.

(LO4) Students will learn about using social media as a source of data for applied research projects

(S1) Students will gain skills in understanding and interpreting published survey research into social media use.

(S2) Students will develop a foundational level of programming skills using R

(S3) Students will gain skills in obtaining social media research data from open platforms, and in analysing and interpreting it.

(S4) Students will gain skills in conducting and interpreting data visualisation of social media data.

(S5) Students will develop skills in using data to solve problems.