University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth


On this course you will extend your photographic work at postgraduate level, defining your own authorial voice within the context of the contemporary documentary environment and the theoretical debates that underpin this. There is a strong ethos in social and cultural awareness, supporting projects that are embedded within research and professional practice. You will be encouraged to network, publicise and market your work outside the University, and enhance your skills for working in the creative sector.

Entry requirements

MA: A good honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An interview or online portfolio submission will be required as part of the selection process. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

This MA course is offered over 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part-time). The course has units related to: Research: This includes methodologies, analytical skills, visual analysis, research management and organisation, professional skills, networking and personal effectiveness. Creative photographic practice: This includes analogue and digital skills, editing, project management, professional practice and industry links, peer learning, contextualisation and reflective practice. Core units comprise: Proposal A Question of Research Photography Major Project Contemporary Documentary Practice in Context

Assessment methods

The course informs and encourages our students to participate in project work that is built upon social and cultural awareness through engaging and collaborating with communities outside of the university, nationally and internationally. Much of the teaching encourages students to have the ability to verbally articulate their ideas, peer exchange and participate in collaborative learning, with some workshops and lectures. You will benefit from being taught by practising professionals with extensive expertise in exhibiting, publishing and curating. There will be regular contact teaching time including one-to-one and group tutorials and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to engage in the wider culture that develops within the subject area alongside the undergraduate students in Photography. During the final stage of the course in summer the learning becomes more independent and self-managed making your timetable more flexible. You will mostly be assessed by a mix of written and practical coursework, with regular feedback.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 13,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 4,630 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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