The MA Applied Research can be designed by you to meet your career and research aspirations.
It can be studied in any academic area in the University in which we have research expertise. So anything from art, digital film, business management, sociology, the choice is almost endless! Contact us if you want to check that we can support you. We probably can.
The degree runs over one year full time or two years part time. It combines developing applied research applications with real world experience to improve your employability upon graduation.
A subject specific or negotiated module of your choice
Students can chose from available existing level 7 modules or level 6 modules or complete a negotiated module. As the name implies is negotiated between the personal tutor and the student. This allows the student to build their module to meet their degree and career aspirations. This could include our new Staffordshire Graduate Edge module.
Publishing, Presenting and Exhibiting
This module requires the student to write up their work for publication or present it at the University Postgraduate conference or show as well as learning skills around exhibiting and presenting. This will increase your applied skills your your scholarly outputs
This is designed to increase your employability. It requires the completion of up to 150 hours of relevant applied work and is assessed by portfolio. The components of this are flexible but could include an industrial placement, voluntary work or working in a commercial environment. Its builds your networks and gives you real world experience. For students already working you can use current employment experience towards your assessment portfolio.
Issues, Ethics, and Methods in Research
This will develop the depth and breadth of your understanding of issues and ethics associated with research. It support the development, design and analysis of your independent major project. This module can be considered in two halves; a theoretical half covering research design and, interpretation and analysis and a subject specific half which applies theory to your specialist subject area. It is delivered by blended learning and with support from your personal tutor.
Independent Major project
You start in the autumn term with your major independent project and submitted it at the end of the spring term. The topic area will be defined by you and your supervisor. This could be a major art or creative related project or written thesis.