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Masters by Research (Creative Media)

Masters by Research (Creative Media)
Course Type
Masters Degree
Course Category
Creative Media
Programme Code
Duration Type
Full time
  • About this Programme
  • Programme Details
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Info

Undertaking a Postgraduate research degree at Dundalk Institute of Technology can be a rewarding experience both in terms of your professional and personnel development. It can give you that cutting edge that is required in the competitive world.

If you enjoy working as part of a research team whilst possessing the ability to learn independently, problem solve and critically evaluate your work, then perhaps undertaking a postgraduate research degree at DkIT is your best option. 

The Masters by Research in the Section of Creative Media has strong links with the Creative Media Research Group, who are a group of academics aiming to use their multidisciplinary skills to advance new knowledge and initiatives in creative media and who perform research, both traditional and practice-based, in the following thematic areas: 

  • Future Communications
  • Creative Technologies
  • Creative Media Content Creation
  • Media Production
  • Creative Pedagogies and Transformative Work Practices
  • New-Media Narrative Forms
  • Media - Culture, Community and Society

For new graduate research students undertaking postgraduate degrees by research at Masters levels from September 2011 the fee structure is:

Year 1 €4,000 including Student Services Charge

Year 2 €4,000 including Student Services Charge 

(Year 3 is €1,600)

Part Time Students - 50% of above fee

Applicants are normally required to have a second-class honours degree.

For more information, please see the 'Further Information' tab and you can also contact sarah.mccann@dkit.ie or bride.mallon@dkit.ie 

The Section of Creative Media would like to hear from interested industry professionals and recent third-level graduates who wish to pursue a Masters By Research in the Creative Media area, which can include a practice-based and/or a traditional research project.

The Masters by Research is usually taken on a two-year full-time basis and in order to enroll, a prospective student would submit a proposal for a research topic with which they would wish to engage for that period, during which time they would have weekly meetings with an appointed supervisor and agree key deadlines for deliverables.  This proposal would be validated by the DKIT School of Informatics & Creative Arts Postgraduate Programme Board and QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) prior to commencement.

As above, these proposals can include both traditional written research and practice–based research elements. Research workshops/seminars etc. will also take place across the 2-year period.

The Section of Creative Media in DKIT is leading the way in practice-based research in the Creative Media Industries, having introduced a practice-based research module at undergraduate level in the BA (Hons) in Video & Film Production add-on honours degree (see www.dkit.ie/filmhons) some years ago. Recent projects on this year-long module have included:

  • Representations of Women in films about the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland;
  • Portrayals of Irish Society on Irish Television in the last 50 years;
  • Masculinity in Contemporary Irish Cinema;
  • An Investigation into the Effect of Video Games on Contemporary Film-Making.

All of the above have also included the creation of short films as part of the project’s research and deliverables.

Eimear’, a short film created as part of the ‘Representations of Women in films about the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland’ project,has already been screened at numerous film festivals throughout Ireland, including the Kerry Film Festival, the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival, along with winning the Best Student Film at the Underground Cinema Film Festival in Dublin recently.

Funding may be available, dependent on applicant’s status and /or necessary application procedures etc. under various schemes operated by Susi (http://www.susi.ie/) and the Irish Research Council (http://www.research.ie/), along with internal funding for DKIT graduates.

For more information, please contact sarah.mccann@dkit.ie or bride.mallon@dkit.ie

Head - Creative Media Research Group