De Montfort University

De Montfort University

Independent Study

This course provides an opportunity to design your own individual programme of Master�s level study within the Leicester Media School (LMS), while being supported and supervised by leading national and international scholars. There is a wide range of subject expertise you can draw upon to create your programme of study. You can create a programme within existing disciplinary boundaries or one that is interdisciplinary. Example subject specialisms include journalism, media andcommunication, film, social media, new media technology, community media, radio and TV production, graphics, animation, game art design and music and audio production.

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2.2 minimum) in a media, humanities, technology, science or related subject area relevant subject. We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world. If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience, we will consider your application on an individual basis. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with no component below 5.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

The programme is made up of 3 stages, each of which, on successful completion, can function as a stand-alone award: a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and the MA. If you wish to proceed to the next stage you will not normally be awarded with the intermediary awards. The 1st stage includes 3 modules: Online research methods; research project proposal; 1st negotiated module. The 2nd stage builds on the work undertaken and the credits gained for the PG Certificate. It is made up of 2 modules. Each module will have been designed by you in conjunction with your mentors as part of your learning contract, to further develop and test your research and communication skills and project specific knowledge. You will have the opportunity to integrate modules from other postgraduate courses within the Leicester Media School into your study programme. The 3rd and final stage is that of the Master�s award, which builds on the work undertaken and the credits gained for both the PG Cert and the PG Dip. It consists of a single module � your research project or dissertation. This final module is designed to showcase the skills and knowledge you have developed, and culminates in two assignments � a dissertation or piece of research, and a report or a piece of practical work.

Assessment methods

Once you have identified an area of research deemed appropriate for Master�s level research you will begin to design your programme of study with your mentors. You�ll be able to design a programme where you develop the aims and objectives of study and the assessment criteria by which your work will be judged. Depending on the focus of your research, the course can be studied online or offline. The minimum requirement is that you have fortnightly tutorials with your mentor. The research project proposal will be assessed through an initial critical review of literature relevant to your project review; an essay, report or presentation; and supporting presentation or paper identifying the focus of your study and the main case studies you will use. It will culminate in the submission of your learning contract.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Leicester Campus Leicester LE1 9BH East Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
0116 250 6070