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Journalism and Communications

MA by Research

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What is Journalism and Communications MA by Research?

Research a topic of your choice or work on an extended creative project. Boost your professional practice and develop high-level skills and knowledge to progress your career.

You’ll benefit from an experienced team of research-active scholars and industry practitioners who can offer supervision across a range of topics. Staff specialisms include:

  • ethics in sports journalism
  • communications-management for NGOs
  • protest campaigns
  • magazine journalism
  • broadcast journalism
  • live reporting
  • digital media in live sporting events.

Study style

You’ll have the opportunity to choose between a research-based or practice-based project. For example, write a thesis of 80,000 words for the research-based PhD or, for the practice-based option, create a piece of content or stage a multi-media event and accompany it with a much-shorter written component. As a practice-based student, you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art studios and equipment.

Students who haven’t already completed a relevant Master’s degree are normally required to complete two research-methods modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research, and Methodologies and Methods. These sessions and their related assignments will help you lay the critical foundations for your project.

This research contributes to the research priority area Being Human: Past, Present and Future and Creative Practice as Research.

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Entry requirements

    • MA or MSc by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area

    • PhD: a master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic

    • We actively encourage applications from students from a range of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Oct 2021 Park, Cheltenham £3,333 £6,667
Feb 2022 Park, Cheltenham £3,333 £6,667
Oct 2022 Park, Cheltenham
Feb 2023 Park, Cheltenham

Industry links

Our School of Media runs annual research events such as the Equal Platforms symposium and the Women, Ageing and Media summer school. Plus there are regular seminars and lectures throughout the academic year, which are open to postgraduate students from across the university.

Present your research

The School of Media will support you with opportunities to present your work at national and international conferences and festivals.

Students in a presentation

Join our academic community

We run events allow you to present and develop your research and creative practice in a vibrant and supportive atmosphere.

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