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Arts University Bournemouth: Master of Research

Institution Arts University Bournemouth
Department Graduate School
Telephone 01202 363228
Study type Taught


Master of Research

The course offers a unique foundation for innovative research in the arts, media, design and architecture. It asks you to engage in a socially and ethically responsible research practice where making occupies a central part of the research to develop new ways of looking, reading and understanding our interaction with things, the environment and each other. You will follow a programme of study which combines practical and theoretical approaches to making and maker cultures, emphasising the knowledge and skills needed for doctoral study.

You will be supported in developing your own disciplinary, or cross-disciplinary research area by engaging with the diverse expertise across the Arts University Bournemouth. You will develop mastery in the theories, methods and practices of research through independent study and a taught programme of lectures, seminars and workshops offered by researchers and professionals working in the field.

Central to the course is your Independent Research Project, which is developed from your initial proposal submitted as part of your application. The Independent Research Project will combine documentation of practical work, critical reflection and contextualisation into an integrated thesis of 15,000-20,000 words. On completion of the course, you will have gained intellectual, technical and professional skills which will allow you to conduct high-quality research. This will prepare you for further study at a doctoral level (PhD) or as part of research-led projects in the creative and cultural industries.

As part of the course you will:

Create and take part in current critical practice and debate at the forefront of your discipline. Gain skills in research, analysis, conceptualisation, argumentation, presentation and complex problem-solving. Develop confidence for PhD study. Develop the necessary competence for initiating and managing advanced research projects in the creative and cultural industries.


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