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MA/MSc Interactive Media (by research)

Explore your interactive media interests within a research context, guided by an expert within the field.

  Length Start dates (semester dates)
MA by research

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

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MSc by research

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

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Unleash your creativity and innovation within a research context, guided by an expert within the field with the MA/MSc Interactive Media by research.

For the MA by Research in Interactive Media, you will investigate, through critical theory, close reading or other appropriate approaches, an area of interactive media and/or digital culture (such as games studies, digital cinema, digital identity, digital design and digital storytelling), submitting for your degree a thesis of between 15,000 and 20,000 words.

For the MSc, you will design, implement, analyse and evaluate an interactive media system of your choice (such as virtual reality, mobile apps, interactive cinema, interactive websites), submitting for your degree a thesis of between 15,000 and 20,000 words.

The MA and MSc by Research in Interactive Media have no taught element. You will work independently with support from your academic supervisor.

These degrees are particularly aimed at individuals who wish to develop advanced research skills to enhance their undergraduate degree and/or as a prelude to developing a research-based career. As such, whilst counting as a research degree in its own right, this Masters by research may enable you to transfer to PhD study. This is provided your research project is of a sufficiently high standard and has the potential to be explored in greater depth.

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You will be supported by an academic supervisor. They will normally share or complement your research interests.

Course location

This course is run by the School of Arts and Creative Technologies.

You'll be based in the School of Arts and Creative Technologies on Campus East. Most of our facilities and supervisory staff are housed here.

Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. You may be invited for an interview and asked to send samples of your creative practice work.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your ability.

English language requirements


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Find out more about how to apply.

You will require the following supporting documents:

  • Application form
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Degree transcript
  • Two references
  • Research proposal
  • Sample work

The research proposal should be one to two pages in length and outline your particular research question, its context and the proposed methodology.

Careers and skills

The MA/MSc Interactive Media by research course will help to extend your knowledge of this exciting industry, develop network connections, gain access to interactive and digital media facilities and build up your creative portfolio and skills. You will develop your collaborative working, creative and critical thinking, digital media design and production and independent research skills, opening the door to a wide range of career opportunities. 

This course offers the ideal foundation for further study towards a career in academic research. You will also become equipped with the practical and research skills to succeed in a fast growing and competitive industry.

Our dedicated careers team offer specific support including a programme of professional researcher development and careers workshops and 1:1 career support sessions. They will help you to build up your employability portfolio and to engage in activities that will build up your skills and experience within and outside of your research work.

Career opportunities

  • Academic researcher
  • Web designer/developer
  • Content developer
  • Game developer/programmer
  • User experience (UX) designer
  • Project manager
  • Digital marketing manager
  • Storytelling/script writing for interactive and immersive production
  • Freelance work

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