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.

Media Research

Key facts

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

The University of Stirling is ranked 3rd in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Media and Film Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2020).

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

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.

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 and Activism
  • Journalism
  • Political Communication
  • Sport and the Media
  • Public Relations
  • National Identity and Globalisation
  • Representations of Gender and Ethnicity
  • Celebrity Culture
  • New Media and Intellectual Property

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