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MPhil - Faculty of Media & Communication

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

From law, computer animation and media production to communication and journalism, our Faculty of Media & Communication offers many opportunities for research across a wide range of specialisms.

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an excellent precursor to a PhD and undertaking this two-year course in the Faculty of Media & Communication will give you access to experts and resources in a wide range of media and communications fields, as well as law.

The faculty hosts seven research centres: Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP)Narrative, Culture and Community Research CentreCentre for Comparative Politics and Media ResearchCentre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM), Experimental Media Research Centre (EMERGE)National Research Centre for Computer Animation, Centre for the Study of Conflict, Emotion and Social Justice.

The research strategy in the faculty is aligned with Bournemouth University’s 2025 vision and strategic plan; a plan that stresses real-world impact, the enrichment of society and the economy, and advancing knowledge to significantly influence challenges world-wide.

Research projects within the faculty have had a significant impact on a number of worldwide issues including digital and technological futures; The implications of 3D printing for Intellectual PropertyAfterglowThe impact of digital technologies on readers and reading and global security; Tear gas, policing and human rights.

There is strong potential for collaborative research that allows you to cross boundaries both within the sector and across all of our faculties, allowing you to deliver insightful and impactful research. 

Book onto a Postgraduate Open Day to meet us and find out more. 

Key information

Next start date:

January 2021, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot & Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

18-36 months full-time or 36-72 months part-time

Entry requirements:

An Honours degree at 2:1 or higher and/or a relevant Master's degree. If English is not your first language, you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

You can be awarded a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) after critically investigating and evaluating an approved topic and demonstrating an understanding of research methods appropriate to your chosen field. You’ll be expected to present and defend a thesis and/or practical element, by viva voce (oral examination), to the satisfaction of the examiners. You can register to study for an MPhil on a full-time or part-time basis.

The main focus of an MPhil is to carry out a unique research project, within any research area that is covered by one of our eight research themes. These involve cross-faculty collaboration and present an excellent opportunity to work on an impactful research project.

Research study areas

We have an international reputation for delivering high-quality research projects, with some of our work published in leading national and international journals. Within the faculty we have experts in journalism, communication, animation techniques, software development, media education and digital archiving, all of whom work together to deliver exciting and ground-breaking research. 

Key subject areas you can apply to study for your MPhil within the Faculty of Media & Communication are listed in this section. Our research themes run across all areas and some are cross-faculty across the University. 

Entry requirements

How to apply

You can apply for a MPhil with the Faculty of Media & Communication by clicking on the ‘apply now’ button and completing the application form. You will need to create an account and complete the application form in full.

You can save the form as you go, enabling you to return to it at as many times as you want before submitting. The form is split into tabbed sections. As you complete each of the tabbed sections they will turn green; only click submit once all of your tabs are highlighted green.

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