University of Chester

Programme Specification
Arts and Media MRes
2017 - 2018

Master by Research

Arts and Media

Arts and Media

University of Chester

University of Chester

Kingsway Campus

Warrington Campus

Postgraduate (MRes)

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

6 Years

Biannual - January - October




17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities Art and Design



MRes in Arts and Media

Wednesday 12th June 2013

To provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop an independent, substantial piece of scholarly research within Arts and Media which fits with the departments’ supervisory expertise.

To instil in students:

  • a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current challenges and lines of enquiry, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the various academic disciplines within the fields in Arts and Media;
  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research, advanced scholarship and practice;
  • an originality in the application of knowledge and practice, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge and practice in the discipline;
  • a conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline; and to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

To prepare fully those students with suitable interests for further postgraduate research at the Master/Doctor of Philosophy level and beyond.

Successful students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: ·

  • The communication of complex issues both through critical reflection and evaluation (AD7007, AD7506; ME7249, ME7252; PA7001, PA7012 or PA7022; and PA7023).
  • A comprehensive understanding of the relation of theory to practice through creative and imaginative interrogation of practice-based and theoretical frameworks (AD7007, AD7506; ME7249, ME7252; PA7001, PA7012 or PA7022; and PA7023).


Cognitive Skills

Cognitive and practical skills are all transferable either directly or indirectly to the workplace. Students will have the ability to use information and retrieval skills to gather, sift, synthesise, analyse and organise material independently and recognise its application and potential. They will have acquired the capacity for independent study, be able to manage personal workloads efficiently and effectively, to meet deadlines and negotiate and pursue goals with others.

Successful students will:

  • Be able to describe, interpret and evaluate Arts and Media practices and engage imaginatively and critically using a range of critical and theoretical models (AD7007, A7506; ME7249, ME7252; PA7001, PA7012 or PA7022; and PA7023).
  • Have the ability to articulate ideas in relation to their own and a wider context of practice, to critically analyse and make critically informed assessments of their own and others’ work and the ability to communicate this across a range of contexts (AD7007, A7506; ME7249, ME7252; PA7001, PA7012 or PA7022; and PA7023).






Practical Skills

In the context of Arts and Media, practical and professional transferable skills are those acquired in the progression towards autonomous learning, notably: self-discipline, personal organisation, resourcefulness, lateral thinking and problem solving, self-evaluation, maintenance of a set of ideas and the ability to coherently keep them in play and bring them to resolution.

Successful students will:

  • Have the ability to develop ideas through appropriate practical and technical skills and to increase facility in the articulation of ideas through a given medium (AD7007, A7506; ME7249, ME7252; PA7001, PA7012 or PA7022; and PA7023).
  • Be able to engage creatively and critically within Arts and Media disciplines through the understanding of appropriate vocabularies, techniques, structures and working methods (AD7007, A7506; ME7249, ME7252; PA7001, PA7012 or PA7022; and PA7023).
  • Be able to work creatively and imaginatively and have the developed creative skills needed for the realisation of theoretical or practice-based work (PA7023).



Successful students will be able to demonstrate effective communication skills in written and practical form (relating to the discipline), in order to:

  • Select, manage and present material in a variety of ways to a range of audience (AD7007, AD7506; ME7249, ME7252; PA7001, PA7012 or PA7022; and PA7023).
  • Have acquired the capacity for independent study, be able to manage personal workloads efficiently and effectively, to meet deadlines and negotiate and pursue goals with others (PA7023).
  • A developed ability to manage constructively and effectively, creative, personal and interpersonal issues in the creation of a substantial piece of work (PA7023).

The MRes is comprised of 180 credits of Level 7 comprising 40 credits of 'taught' modules and 140 credits of research project.

Department of Art and Design

AD7007 Research Proposal and Development (20 credits)

AD7506 Research Methods in Art and Design (20 credits)


Department of Media

ME7249 Contemporary Media Issues (20 credits)

ME7252 Research Skills and Methods (20 credits)


Department of Performing Arts

PA7001 Research Methods (20 credits)

PA7012 Frameworks and Practices (20 credits) or PA7022 The Mechanics of Music (20 credits)


All students then complete a 140 credit Research Project (PA7023)

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
AD7007 7 Research Proposal and Development 20 Optional
AD7506 7 Research Methods in Art & Design 20 Optional
ME7249 7 Contemporary Media Issues 20 Optional
ME7252 7 Research Skills and Methods 20 Optional
PA7001 7 Research Methods 20 Optional
PA7012 7 Frameworks and Practices 20 Optional
PA7022 7 The Mechanics of Music 20 Optional
PA7023 7 Research Project 140 Comp

Art and Design
Students will study:
AD7506 Research Methods in Art and Design (20 credits)


AD7007 Research Proposal and Development (20 credits)


PA7023 Research Project (140 credits)

Students will study:
ME7249 Contemporary Media Issues (20 credits)


ME7252 Research Skills and Methods (20 credits)


PA7023 Research Project (140 credits)

Performing Arts
Students will study:
PA7001 Research Methods (20 credits)


Either PA7012 Frameworks and Practices (20 credits) or PA7022 The Mechanics of Music (20 credits)


PA7023 Research Project (140 credits) 


The academic ability, motivation and potential of a student required for entry to the programme can be established from a number of forms of evidence:

  • an initial degree in a discipline related to Arts and Media; OR
  • an initial degree in another subject, together with evidence of certificated learning in an Arts and Media subject or substantial related experience;
  • applicants will normally hold at least a 2.1 honours degree. Consideration will be given to those who hold a lower classification who can demonstrate satisfactorily they are capable of performing at the level required to complete the programme successfully.

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL internet 90.

As the MRes is a Research Degree, all applicants will be interviewed.

There is currently no MRes Benchmark Statement but the QAA code of practice for research degrees is relevant and has been drawn upon.


Teaching in the departments seeks to move students from being interested spectators and occasional practitioners towards being professionally engaged in their discipline specific pursuits. This approach is initiated in the form of a series of guided research tasks, which have both theoretical and creative outcomes: these are designed to enable the individual student to develop as an imaginative, reflective practitioner.

The course will be taught through a combination of seminars, practical workshops, tutorials and the close supervision of written and creative work. It is a feature of the learning and teaching strategy of the course as a whole that the student is given as much freedom as possible to develop work which is of direct relevance to him or her.

The assessment within the course will be geared toward enabling the student to develop an appropriate critical and analytical framework within which to place and evaluate their own concepts and practical work and the position of these within their research. With this in mind, assessment tasks will be designed to allow the student sufficient opportunity to explore this framework.  Assessment will be via critically informed written submissions; practical presentations; performances/practical pieces (with accompanying oral examination); analytical documentation of performances/practical work.  The student may be required by the examiners to defend the submitted work of the 140 credit Research Project by oral examination and there is a normal expectation that candidates will be interviewed by the external examiner to discuss the work.

On completion of this programme, a successful graduate will have acquired a range of communication and transferable skills (as embraced by both the educational aims of the programme and the programme outcomes - see above) valuable to their current or potential employers. The MRes in Arts and Media will also prepare students for further research at Doctor of Philosophy level.

The University is committed to the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in all its forms; through different ideas and perspectives, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilities to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression.

Student Support and Guidance

All students are issued with a comprehensive programme handbook and a module handbook at the commencement of each module. Students needing further advice are welcome to consult the Programme Leader (who acts as the Personal Academic Tutor for students on the programme), or the module tutor.

Learning Resources

In addition to the University's Open Access IT Suite and the Parkgate Road campus library, students are welcome to use the range of specialist facilities available across the Departments in the Faculty.

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