Reasons to study Independent Study: Leicester Media School at
De Montfort University:
- Flexible course tailored around your interests
you can structure the course to fit around your career aspirations, with the opportunity to choose your exit award
- Benefit from excellent academic support
the expertise of our experienced academics from diverse backgrounds will support you in your learning
- Learn alongside our award winning research groups
benefit from a variety of research fields across the Leicester Media School, ensuring that you can draw upon a wide range of subject expertise including our Institute of Creative Technologies, Media Discourse Group and Cinema and Television History Research Centre
- Take advantage of our placement opportunities
opportunity to incorporate local, national or international placements or academic exchanges into your studies
- Develop research skills
you will develop and enhance your research skills, methods and problem solving enabling you get a feel for independent research study, and develop your skills accordingly to progress to PhD if you wish
- Excellent graduate prospects
graduates could go on to work in national and international creative industries such as PR, digital and broadcast media as well as going into further academic study towards a PhD
There is a wide range of subject expertise you can draw upon to create your programme of study. You can create a programme within existing disciplinary boundaries or one that is inter-disciplinary. Example subject specialisms include journalism, media and communication, film, social media, new media technology, community media, radio and TV production, graphics, animation and music.
If you are interested in a different specialism, please contact programme leader Professor Ian Hunter using the contact details below. He will investigate whether we can support your research.
This programme offers you flexibility to tailor the course to your interests, with a structure that fits into your lifestyle. As part of our commitment to graduate employability, you can also take advantage of the opportunity to incorporate local, national or international placements or academic exchanges into your studies
This course is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds:
- Graduates wishing to pursue postgraduate study as preparation for a research degree
- In-service teachers or other professionals wishing to develop their academic profile and subject knowledge for career purposes
- Mature students wishing to return to study to update their knowledge and skills
- Graduates who wish to change their direction of study and move into media studies from unrelated disciplines
Structure and assessment
The programme is made up of three stages, each of which, on successful completion, can function as a stand-alone award: a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and the Master of Arts. If you wish to proceed to the next stage you will not normally be awarded with the intermediary awards.
The first stage includes three modules:
- Online Research Methods – This module is delivered online and will develop your postgraduate research skills, providing you with the opportunity to familiarise yourself
with a range of research methods and identify the one(s) appropriate to your
- Research Project Proposal – You will develop your research project, reading programme and focus of study, culminating in the submission of your learning contract
- First Negotiated Module – the main body of your exploratory and developmental work will be discussed and designed in consultation with your mentors. This module will be the initial stage of your research project, developing and testing your project-specific knowledge and skills through two assignments
The second stage builds on the work undertaken and the credits gained for the Post Graduate Certificate. It is made up of two modules. Each module will have been designed by you in conjunction with your mentors as part of your learning contract, to further develop and test your research and communication skills and project-specific knowledge.
The third and final stage is that of the master’s award, which builds on the work undertaken and the credits gained for both the PG Cert and the PG Dip. It consists of a single module – your research project or dissertation. This final module is designed to showcase the skills and knowledge you have developed, and culminates in two assignments – a dissertation or piece of research, and a report or a piece of practical work.
Once you have identified an area of research deemed appropriate for master’s-level research in the Leicester Media School, you will begin to design your programme of study with your mentors (your first and second supervisors). You’ll be able to design a programme where you develop the aims and objectives of study and the assessment criteria by which your work will be judged.
Facilities and features
Leicester Media School
Leicester Media School brings together students from across technical and creative disciplines, allowing them to push boundaries by cross working.
Flexible use of our industry standard facilities means our students get hands on experience of applying up to date research to real world challenges in their chosen fields.
Research activity in the School is very broad, from production and analysis in video, film, television, audio, music, radio, journalism, and Internet through to cutting-edge engineering research in the creation of media technologies and their applications. This spectrum helps to ensure that media practitioners are aware of the latest technological developments, and that design engineers are aware of the needs and trends amongst practitioners.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
This course will develop and enhance your research skills and methods, problem solving, independent learning, ability to work in consultation with others, communication and presentation skills. Graduates can go on to work in the fast growing national and international creative industry sector, in public relations, digital and broadcast media. You also have the opportunity for further academic study towards a PhD and a career in research.