MRes Creative Industries - University of Portsmouth

Creative Industries

Develop a range of skills and experience within the creative industries

Course Overview

Why take this course?

The MRes in Creative Industries offers you the opportunity to undertake in-depth study in an area of interest to you while developing your skills in research. You will spend one third of your time in the taught element of your course, covering your chosen subject and training in research methodology, and the remaining two-thirds in your personalised research dissertation. You can study within any of the Faculty’s schools: Architecture, Art & Design, Creative Technologies or Media & Performing Arts.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Work with a member of staff to conduct a large research project of your choosing within the area of creative and culture industries
  • Experience a satisfying intellectual challenge within a productive research community, aided by supportive supervision
  • Your project will be supported through formal research training sessions such as: preparation of an artefact, peer reviewed publication, critical review, grant application, conference presentation or intellectual property submission

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course will provide a thorough grounding should you consider moving towards doctoral or research related roles as a career. You will develop a wide variety of skills, experience and competence throughout your studies, offering further advantages in terms of employment opportunities.

Here are some routes graduates may pursue:

  • Research-related careers
  • PhD study
  • Architectural or creative practice
  • Curation
  • Design
  • Teaching
  • Theatre Performance


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Structure & Teaching

The course is offered as full-time (one year) or part-time (two years).

 The course has two units:

  • Research Project (120 credits). This is the main part of the course, with an extended research project undertaken in one of the Schools in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries during which you will work with an experienced member of academic staff.
  • Research Preparation and Development (60 credits). This includes a wide range of research skills, including: personal effectiveness, research management, professional skills, networking, research organisation, science communication, impact, literature review and career management.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and Assessment

The Research Preparation and Development unit involves a number of taught sessions. These will be selected by you and your supervisory team from Faculty and Department subject-specific provision as well as from our Graduate School Development Programme. You will also refine and submit your research proposal as part of the unit.

The Research Project unit is supported by a nominated supervisor with whom regular contact is maintained, usually through face-to-face meetings organised on a regular basis for the duration of the research project period. The supervisor will have expertise in your chosen research area.

How are you assessed?

The Research Preparation and Development unit has a number of assessments including a project proposal, literature review and reflective practice.

The Research Project unit assessments include a presentation and a dissertation.

Tutor's view


Dr Brett Stevens
Faculty Research Degrees Coordinator

This course provides a thorough grounding should you consider moving towards doctoral studies, or pursue research related positions, roles and activities as a career.  The MRes Creative Industries programme enables you to work with active researchers and provides a valuable research grounding for a wide range of career opportunities, including preparation for MPhil or PhD study. You will also develop a wide variety of skills, experience and competence throughout your studies, offering further advantages in terms of many employment opportunities.

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Facilities & Features


We have purpose-built sound/music studios for you to compose your own music with our impressive range of professional recording and mixing equipment. Our TV studios allow the production of all types of television and film work including green screen. We have photographic studios with flash and tungsten lighting set ups, with both digital and traditional cameras supported by a digital darkroom together with traditional black and white, and colour darkrooms.

Our 92-seat theatre is fully equipped with industry-standard lighting, sound and AV technologies. We also have a number of rehearsal studios and mirrored dance space equally fitted with lighting, sound and AV technologies, as well as a sound recording booth, a video editing suite and music practice rooms equipped with pianos. Other studios within the Faculty include: Virtual Reality Lab; motion capture facilities; and life drawing studios.

Technical Facilities

You will have access to powerful and modern multimedia PC and Mac computers equipped with the latest industry standard software, professional printers and extensive film, video and photography editing facilities. The Eldon Production Centre offers laser-cutting, 3D printing, CNC milling machine and digital fabric printing. The photographic workshops and computer suites are very well equipped. Specialist filming equipment is available from the Faculty Loan Store. The sewing workshop provides pattern-cutting facilities, a range of industrial sewing machines including digital embroidery, while the fabric print workshop allows you to explore a range of textile techniques.    

Graduate School

The University of Portsmouth Graduate School supports, administers and coordinates training for the MPhil, PhD, and Professional Doctorate programmes. We aim to involve you fully in our research programmes by providing professional training, offering high-quality supervision, and giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and to equip you for your future career or further research.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

You may be required to spend £100 - £200 per annum on sundry materials.

If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you may wish to purchase extra materials or software.

These costs will depend on the nature of the project.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

The MRes will give you research methods training and skills that are relevant to your current and future employment. It will also facilitate the achievement of your further career progression through engagement with continuing professional development activities. Roles our graduates may take on include:

  • Research-related careers
  • PhD study
  • Architectural or creative practice
  • Curation
  • Design
  • Teaching
  • Theatre Performance

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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