MRes Media Research

Our Masters in Media Research provides you with the skills needed to carry out advanced, interdisciplinary research in the broad field of media and communications studies.

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021,September 2022
  • Duration MRes full-time: 12 months, MRes part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

This interdisciplinary Masters degree is jointly taught by leading academics in media and social science research. You’ll gain both a theoretical and practical understanding of social science research methods, and learn how to apply these to the media and cultural industries. Covering social sciences and humanities approaches, our Masters will give you solid, extensive training in advanced media research methods. You’ll be encouraged to explore your own research interests, gain real-world experience of research and develop your own approach to research throughout the course.

The degree is primarily targeted at anyone needing research training before embarking on a higher research degree, such as a PhD. The course also offers an excellent grounding in social science methods, which are transferable to media research for industry, journalism, marketing and advertising research, production research and wider aspects of social research consultancy.

Enhancing your employability is one of our top priorities. That’s why all MRes students are given the opportunity for a research placement as part of our course where you can apply your learning to the real world.

Reflecting on my experience during the MRes in Media Research at the University of Stirling, I consider it to be not only beneficial from academic and research points of view, but also a life-changing one.

Damyan Kachulski (Bulgaria)
MRes Media Research, 2014

Top reasons to study with us

Work placements

Work placements and work based learning opportunities are available on this programme. Students who have taken this programme in recent years have had the opportunity to explore an applied work based placement with suitable non-academic partners.  Your supervisor and / or programme director is available to discuss these options with you.

Flexible learning

The MRes is a highly flexible programme, with much of the learning based around one-to-one supervision. There are part-time study options available. Both full-time and part-time study does require some timetabled classes, and in the coming session these will also be available online to faciliate remote study.

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Research overview

The University of Stirling was ranked first in Scotland for research impact in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies in the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), with 70% of our research classed as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Research interests in the Division of Communications, Media and Culture currently include:

  • Film Theory and Analysis
  • Television Studies
  • Creative Industries and Cultural Policy
  • Media Economics and Regulation
  • Digital Media
  • Journalism
  • Political Communication
  • Sport and the Media
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising, Marketing and Promotional culture
  • Representations of Gender and Ethnicity
  • Celebrity Culture
  • Visual Rhetorics

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