MRes in Media Research


Program Description


The University of Stirling is ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Media and Film Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2018).

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.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 We’re ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Media and Film Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2018)

#2 All MRes students are given the opportunity to conduct a research placement as part of the course

#3 You’ll gain both a theoretical and practical understanding of social science research methods


The University of Stirling was ranked first in Scotland for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies in the most recent UK Research Assessment 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

Course details

The MRes Media Research degree consists of two components: a taught course and a dissertation. The taught course takes place over an academic year. You’ll take three modules in the Autumn Semester and three modules in the Spring Semester, making for a total of six taught modules across the year.


The course involves lectures, seminars, tutorials, a research project and case study work. A dissertation proposal must be submitted by the beginning of the Spring Semester when supervisors are allocated. You’ll be expected to stay within the areas of current staff interests and expertise. Each dissertation is approximately 12,000 words in length and may take the form of a written publishable academic article or a project report, depending on its focus.


Assessment is conducted by means of coursework as specified for each module. This includes essays, a literature review, a research report, a seminar presentation and a media text.

Course director

Professor Richard Haynes

+44 (0) 1786 467971

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas £15,250
  • Home/EU £6,300
Last updated November 2018

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