There are 4 possible MA by Research courses:
MA by Research is a must if you want to progress to a PhD, including a PhD by practice, in the contemporary arts. The course is specifically designed for graduates who want to prepare for doctoral study, either by integrating creative practice with theoretical or historical work, or by more traditional methods assessed by thesis only.
The course enables each student to acquire generic research skills whilst developing a specific research topic through writing and/or practice. You will develop a single research receiving support and guidance specifically related to your project through one-to-one sessions with a supervisor who is expert in the relevant area of the contemporary arts. The modules you will take are:
As a quality provider of postgraduate level research training, LICA’s approach is flexible enough to accommodate students who want to develop skills in conventional academic methods and outcomes, and students undertaking practice-as-research or who want to produce unconventional output for assessment. We are adept at supporting discipline-specific as well as interdisciplinary research projects. The course prepares students with a thorough training and preparation for doctoral level research in a wide range of areas across the contemporary arts. Training in research methods encourages students to reflect on the processes through which they can evolve and formulate research questions and design subject specific research methods intrinsic to those questions.
Students undertake a major research project that enables the development and testing of creative, critical and expositional methods of research through which you can produce a substantial written thesis in response to a set of research questions and/or the production and documentation of a substantial creative project in response to a single set of common research questions.
You must have at least an upper second class degree in the chosen or a cognate pathway.
Please note that if English is not your first language you are required to obtain an English language qualification that demonstrates ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Details of the English Language requirements can be found on our How to Apply page.
The course will appeal to current final-year undergraduates or recent graduates wanting to prepare for higher research degrees in the Contemporary Arts. The course also attracts staff from Further Education Institutions and new universities who want to develop a research profile.
Senior Lecturer: Music
"MA by Research enables students from across the arts to develop their research skills in projects that provide excellent preparation for a range of careers and doctoral study."
MA Film by Research, 2012
"The department has a diverse range of professional artists, lecturers and general staff whom are more than willing to inspire or assist in your studies."
"Whether your work is practical or theoretical based, LICA have a wide variety of studios and study based facilities to ensure you can reach your highest potential."
"The interconnectivity between different artistic mediums is what influenced me the most in choosing Lancaster for my postgraduate studies."
MA Music by Research, 2012
"Studying at lancaster has been great with opportunities that have helped me develop my own musical skills as well as life skills from management of events to performing my work in Spain."
"As a graduate from lancaster it made sense for me to attend my MA in music here due to the help and expertise of the staff in the department, which in turn has helped me define my future career in music."
Lecturer: Film Studies
"At Lancaster you will study with researchers who are at the forefront of contemporary debates in Film Studies."
Lecturer: Film Studies
"The best of American cinema and culture can be studied alongside alternative cinema from the four corners of the globe."