Postgraduate Study


Postgraduate Taught Degrees

Please go to the relevant subject tab for further details of the School's Masters programmes.


The School of Arts offers postgraduate research in a diverse range of areas with specialists available to supervise study in the fields of:

The School has distinctive expertise in offering practice based MPhil and PhD programmes tailored to your individual interests as well offering the more traditional degree based on the written thesis or a mixture of the two. There are opportunities for part-time teaching on the School's undergraduate programmes for postgraduates with appropriate skills. Please read our application guidelines before filling in one of our research degree application forms. In your application for study you should:

indicate your main area(s) of interest

the methodological approaches you intend to take

demonstrate some familiarity of the existing field

explain why this research is important and useful

You are advised to contact a member of staff in each subject area who will help you with your proposal or put you in touch with another member of staff with appropriate research interests who can advise you.

Further information:
Sue Ramus
School of Arts
Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH
E-mail: Tel: 01895 274000 Fax: 01895 203105


Creative Writing

MA Creative Writing: The Novel

We designed this MA quite simply to teach everything we think a new novelist ought to know. It combines a focus on the skills of writing full-length fiction with a clear-eyed exploration of the publishing process and related creative fields. This MA has attracted considerable interest among publishers and literary agents, many of whom participate actively in the programme.

MA Creative Writing

The course has been designed to give expert teaching in a broad range of creative writing. It demonstrates through presentation and practice how to write a novel, an autobiographical memoir, a film script and a feature article, how to teach creative writing, how to organise creative writing events and how to prosper in the creative industries.

Creative Writing: Research Degrees

The Creative Writing PhD offers a student the opportunity to complete a substantial work in an exciting research environment in London with the benefit of the experienced supervision of our tutors. It is an ideal progression from a Master's degree for a writer who intends to establish an academic career in this discipline.


MA in English Literature

How might the study of literature and culture enable us to understand and explain the everyday world we inhabit and the ways in which different social worlds have been invented and sustained across time and cultures? How might it help us both to explore ourselves and the ways in which we see and understand others? How does such an enquiry affect, and quite possibly change, the way we read texts and read the world? These are the kinds of questions at the core of the MA in English Literature, which is an exciting development in English studies at Brunel, offering the opportunity to study a wide range of topics and periods, from the early Modern/Renaissance through to the modern and contemporary.

MA English Literature: Contemporary Literature and Culture

The Contemporary Literature and Culture pathway allows advanced study of contemporary literature in all its diversity. We examine popular genres, the 21st century novel, contemporary innovations, postcolonial literatures, postmodern poetics and more. Designed to develop advanced theoretical understanding of cultural, social, intellectual and aesthetic contexts, it allows students to engage with some of the most exciting writing of the last forty years.

To apply for this course, make an application for MA English Literature. In your personal statement you may wish to indicate that you are interested in this pathway. At induction, you will then be given the opportunity to enrol for the Contemporary Literature and Culture pathway.

English MPhil/PhD

Brunel's research strengths continue to grow. All staff are research-active, and some of their research interests can be read here. Our active research culture is enhanced by the provision of taught postgraduate degrees, a series of lectures by contemporary writers, and research seminars given by some of the leading academics in their fields. These and many other research events and initiatives are organised by Brunel's Centre for Contemporary Writing, a research group that has established itself as a centre of excellence in the study of contemporary and popular fiction culture, poetry and many other aspects of literature and narrative. We now also offer PhDs in Creative Writing, supervised by our experienced Creative Writing staff including Celia Brayfield, Bernadine Evaristo, Max Kinnings, Matt Thorne and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Film & TV

We offer the following, cutting edge taught MA courses:

MA in Documentary Practice

This popular MA provides you with the space to creatively, practically and critically engage with the documentary from a variety of traditions. The practical side of the course is taught by a range of working professional documentary filmmakers selected to give students a diverse experience of the many different approaches and possibilities across the genre. While the course is primarily oriented towards practice (approximately 75% practical, 25% theoretical) we believe that effective practice in whatever documentary traditions you choose to draw on and work with requires critical engagement, reflection and historical knowledge, if you are to fulfil your own potential as well that of the documentary genre.

Recent graduates have found employment as: a Documentary Producer - PureRisk Entertainment; Production Team - Pramface Mansion (broadcast BBC 2008); Development Dept ( Windfall Films); Location Assistant - production company in Athens; freelance cameraperson; freelance non-linear video editor; ZDF German TV - history and society documentary dept.

MA Media and Public Relations

The academic study of public relations and the media is very new and this new MA puts us at the forefront of this development. Most of the MAs in Britain either focus on corporate public relations and are predominantly practical or are theoretical courses that sit within more traditional mass communications curriculum and focus on the important area of political communications and the news media. Our MA is innovative because it combines theory and practice, which is a distinctive feature of MAs in Screen Media. Also innovative is our combined examination of the impact of public relations on the media and the use of public relations practices within media organisations, with particular reference to their promotional cultures. This provides students with a broad and advanced understanding of the relationship between public relations and the media.

This programme has grown out of the research interests and expertise of the teaching team, giving it a distinctive character. The focus on PR within the media will range from that of large corporations to smaller-scale, alternative forms including ‘DIY’ practices employed directly by lower-budget producers via social media and other online channels, key areas of contemporary development in PR and marketing more generally.

Postgraduate Research Degrees in Film and Television Studies 

Film and TV staff can supervise MPhil and PhD study, including practice-led research, in a wide range of areas, including:

  • contemporary British, European, Hong Kong, Hollywood and American independent cinema
  • science fiction, horror, comedy
  • cult media, transgression
  • documentary, animation, video practice
  • Third Cinema
  • gender, sexuality and the body in film
  • videogames and other new media technologies
  • marxist and psychoanalytic methodologies
  • cinematic spectacle, narrative

Games Design

I believe this award to be the best of its kind in the country, and continue to be both impressed and envious of the quality of students it attracts.

- Professor Richard Bartle, University of Essex

Masters level study of Games and Game Design is available on our successful MA, many graduates from which have gone to work in a range of roles within the games industry. At present around 60% of our graduates have gained graduate level or games industry jobs after studying the MA. 

We also have a thriving post-graduate research community focused on games from a range of disciplinary perspectives. We have a dedicated Games Lab which provides a great place to play games old and new, of all formats, and mix with staff and students investigating this exciting new academic topic.

MA Digital Games: Theory & Design

This exciting programme will enable you to engage in, and experiment with, practical game design. Together we will explore a range of theories and concepts with which to analyse the various values of games, play and pleasure, and go back to 'basics' by considering what it is that makes for 'good' game play. Different types of games are explored with the aim of developing designs that are both innovative and that might appeal beyond the current core markets for digital games.

PhD Programme

We have a thriving PhD programme devoted to the academic study of games from a range of perspectives. Few of the current PhD candidates have a academic degrees in games, but that is likely to changes as more scholars turn their attention to games. We welcome anyone looking to undertake a PhD either as a full-time or part-time student with a strong research proposal in games. We are also looking to grow our post-doc community and welcome applications for potential projects. We hold regular research meetings, many PhD students attend the MA classes and we encourage PhDs to participate in the teaching at BA and MA level. Our dedicated lab also gives students a base from which to work and this also supports a strong community culture.


Journalism MA (NCTJ Accredited)

Graduates, some award-winning, now work for The Independent, The Guardian, NME, BBC, IPC magazines, regional and local newspapers, press agencies and online brands.

Our MA is one of only a small number of NCTJ accredited MAs in the UK, a hallmark of its industry-facing nature, strong delivery, excellent employment prospects and amazing facilities. We recruit small cohorts to ensure high class contact and personal mentoring. Our programme is multi-platform, not single media, so all students learn skills in video, online, print with the addition of either audio or on-screen page makeup. Our focus is on brilliant writing and reporting, and students produce content for our own sites and enjoy great placement opportunities due to our close relationship with industry. We also host weekly guest speakers from leading media brands.

International Journalism MA

MA International Journalism addresses the global shifts in the journalism industry by contextualising different forms of journalistic practice within a framework of technological, political and cultural change. It also sets out to equip students with sufficient generic skills to adapt to future journalism industry developments.

Postgraduate Research Degrees in Journalism

If you are a journalist wishing to gain a doctorate, the experience of our tutors - all professional journalists as well as academics - allows them to supervise research in a wide range of areas.


Contemporary Performance Making MA

This innovative MA, which draws upon both facilities and expertise at Brunel and the vast resources of London, will provide you with the space to nurture your creativity through the practical and critical exploration of contemporary performance including live art, digital art, writing and directing for performance. This course is approximately 70% practise and 30% theory, and an ideal programme for practising artists developing their own work. Graduating students have gone on to show their work nationally and internationally, work with key UK and international companies and secure funding and support for their work. Full-time students can take the course over one full year. To apply and for a full course description, click on the link above.

Introducing MA Performance Making and the "Digital Lab"

Theatre Research Programmes

Theatre at Brunel welcomes proposals for MPhil and Phd research. For more information concerning the subjects research expertise please see our staff profile pages.


MA/MMus Experimental Music

MA/MMus Experimental Music at Brunel University is the UK's first Masters programme in Experimental Music and offers you the opportunity to develop your own programme of study, based around your particular interests in contemporary music-making.

Music Research

Music at Brunel University focuses on twenty-first century musicianship but although our programmes centre on the music of our time, they are informed by a broader understanding of the history and materials of western music and of other musical traditions. Visit the Music Research pages for more details of the areas in which we can offer research supervision.

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Page last updated: Thursday 22 May 2014