MA Critical Screen Practice

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UKPASS Code:P050325
Course Length:1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2017
Department:Department of Media
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Develop an advanced knowledge of media, film and television;
  • Prepare for a career in the media industry by choosing elective modules to meet your requirements;
  • Immerse yourself in a vibrant research culture.

The MA Critical Screen Practice introduces you to a broad range of critical and analytical approaches to various aspects of media while also providing the opportunity to develop your practical skills. You will develop an advanced knowledge of media, film and television and apply it to industry-related practice, theory and research.

The programme will advance your understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political context of media production, and foster rigorous skills in research methods, analysis and the theoretical conceptualisation of media and cultural theory.

The philosophy which underpins the programme is a desire to provide you with a learning experience that encourages and stimulates your intellectual curiosity, supports your development, challenges you and equips you with the necessary skills and abilities to compete successfully for a wide variety of employment opportunities in the media industry.

The MA will be attractive to graduates who have studied an area of creative study/practice such as media, music, film, television or drama.

If you wish to acquire specialist craft skills, combined with reflexive engagement with the policy and practice of the media and film industries, then this is the programme for you.

Department of Media

Course in Depth

What will I study?

The programme consists of three compulsory modules. These interrogate key film studies and media theories and methodologies across the twentieth century and develop your practical skills. The modules also include integrated research training which is designed to help contextualise your own research.

You will also select optional modules to develop new skills, or tailor the MA to your own specific expertise. Elective module themes may include transnational media, European cinema, screen genres,  and the relationship between media, culture and identities.

Full-time students will complete taught modules at the end of the second semester and work on a compulsory dissertation/project over the summer, building on the skills and knowledge you have already acquired. If you opt to study the MA on a part-time basis, you will study the taught modules over two years and complete the compulsory dissertation/project at the end of Year 2.

How will I study?

The taught components of the MA will be delivered by means of small-group seminars, delivered over two 12-week semesters. While working on your project/dissertation during the summer you will meet with your supervisor regularly for one-to-one meetings.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, from the traditional academic essay to reports, research portfolios and practical projects. To a large extent, your choice of research topic will determine the type of assessment employed.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be based primarily in the Department of Media and will be taught by experts in their respective fields. There is a regular programme of visiting speakers, professors and industry professionals.

A Great Study Environment

MA Critical Screen PracticeThe Department of Media is based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17m building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for creative media students.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Dedicated support in the use of all creative media facilities is available through our Media Development Team.

As a student in the Department of Media, you will benefit from our high-definition TV studios which come equipped with camera channels operated via either a studio configuration or hand-held setup, production galleries and control rooms with reference lighting, a Media Management system (Editshare) which ensures tapeless workflow and provides network storage for your work, and a fully independent talk back system to all studio areas. You can expect to use equipment such as vision mixers, HD routers, chroma key infinity walls and fully populated, motorised lighting rigs.

Media editing booths are available, equipped with software such as Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer. Creative Edge also boasts an audio dubbing suite which enables you to access a sound mixing desk, as well as sound performance rooms to add audio dialogue replacement and a Foley pit for reproduction of sound effects.


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MDM4018 Researching Media and Culture (20 credits)

Researching Media and Culture introduces you to key research methods in the media, film and cultural studies and to practical issues in carrying out research. The module will explore a range of approaches to researching people, researching texts, and researching institutions and industries. You will develop an understanding of research and how to carry it out successfully. You will also begin to prepare for your through working on your dissertation proposal and reworking ideas and material in different ways, including as a formal written proposal and as a presentation.

MDM4019 Film and Media Theory and Analysis (20 credits)

Film and Media Theory and Analysis critically examines key film and media theories and debates and modes of analysis that have informed the fields. Your contextual awareness will be deepened as you develop a critical repertoire of specialised theory and advanced analytical skills required at Master’s level. The module will allow you to further develop a range of research approaches and tools for conducting research activity at this level. Importantly, the inherent interconnection between theory, approaches and methodologies will also be highlighted.

MDM4021 Dissertation Project (60 credits)

Dissertation Project allows you to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the field of media by means of a sustained, rigorous, critical and systematic piece of independent academic research. This will be either in the form of a traditional dissertation, industry research dissertation or practice-as-research project on a defined relevant topic of your choice. You will acquire the confidence to appropriate, critique and expand existing theories, analysis and methodologies and present the results of your original findings to a larger academic (and, where appropriate, industry-related) audience.

MDM4022 Screen Media Practice (20 credits)

Screen Media Practice offers you the opportunity to undertake in-depth personal research and to develop the pre-production process for a substantial creative media project. The module takes you through three of the five key processes of production (development, pre-production design, production scheduling) and provides you with a professional framework in which to prepare to undertake a supervised, independent large-scale media production project.

You will select three of the following modules:

BUS4531 Success in the Digital Economy (20 credits)

Success in the Digital Economy questions what determines success and failure in the digital economy. The internet has changed business and society and a new economy of creativity, opportunity, connectivity and content has been created. This module considers this ‘digital economy’, the key concepts underpinning commercial activities, the technologies that are employed, and the implications for entrepreneurs striving for success. The module makes extensive use of case-studies to highlight the victors and victims as a way of understanding key theoretical concepts. You are asked to investigate and assess the potential of real world start-ups and to try to convince other students to become (virtual) investors in a business.

HUM4019 Re-making the Nation: Propaganda, Culture and Identity in the Second World War (20 credits)

Re-making the Nation: Propaganda, Culture and Identity in the Second World War explores the idea that British identity was re-modelled as a consequence of the Second World War. The module will examine the idea that the need to mobilise the entire population for the war effort, and the incorporation of a wide range of forms of cultural production into the propaganda effort, had the effect of drastically altering notions of Britishness. In this respect, the war might be seen as a transition between the more visibly hierarchical and economically laissez-faire 1930s, and the Welfare State of the post-war world.

HUM4034 Love Actually? Love, Literature and Popular Culture (20 credits)

Love Actually? Love, Literature and Popular Culture explores representations of romantic and/ or sexual love in texts written, or set, in Anglo-American culture from 1800 to now. The module synthesises high and low-brow primary sources, reading them in the context of key critical and cultural theorisations of love, bringing together narratives of desire in three key contexts: falling in love, staying in love, and love after love.

HUM4039 Colonial to Global: Narratives of Imperialism (20 credits)

Colonial to Global: Narratives of Imperialism examines the notion of old and new imperialisms by exploring fictional narratives from the colonial era, the postcolonial period and the contemporary period of globalisation. While such narratives are widely produced and disseminated imaginatively through literature and film, they also interact with and, indeed, are often reinforced by, archival material and the theoretical framings of imperial gestures. The module assesses a range of canonical and contemporary literary texts, supported by appropriate film screenings, in terms of both aesthetic value and of cultural and political dialogue.

HUM4040 Real Men, New Men and Lover Men: Masculinities in Twentieth-Century Narratives (20 credits)

Real Men, New Men and Lover Men: Masculinities in Twentieth-Century Narratives examines a range of twentieth-century texts (literature, film, TV and theatre) that explore representations of masculinity and male identity in relationship to current gender theory. In order to provide you with an understanding of contemporary male subjectivity, the module will focus on a variety of manifestations of masculinity, such as working-class masculinities, queer masculinities, the new man or the new lad. The module will trace these variable and diverse forms of masculinity within their historical and cultural contexts.

HUM4041 Transgressive Women (20 credits)

Transgressive Women explores mediated representations of transgressive women, figures both historical and fictional who have flouted gender conventions, broken patriarchal rules and been subject to both vitriol and fear. It is a predominantly cultural study, drawing upon established concepts and contemporary research across the Humanities. Images, narratives and myths of dangerous and transgressive women are analysed and interrogated for their functions in patriarchy and in feminism, both as spectacular objects and active subjects.

HUM4047 Cultures of Memory (20 credits)

Cultures of Memory explores the differing constructions of first-hand memory, second-generation postmemory, and cultural or collective memory in twentieth- and twenty-first-century narratives dealing with personal and/or collective trauma. The module reads memoirs, second-generation accounts, literary and artistic representations and historical interpretations within a theoretical framework informed by recent developments in memory theory. The module explores how traumatic experiences of loss, grief, atrocity and destruction are conveyed through different types and genres of representation, and how the act of remembering impacts on the identities of individuals, families and societies.

MDM4006 Transnational Media (20 credits)

Transnational Media examines some of the implications of the production and consumption of media and investigate how media are used by, and reflect, the increasing transnational experiences of audiences. It approaches the topic of globalisation from two distinct but complementary perspectives: one focused on the workings and assimilation processes of the cultural industries and one interested in issues of identities and influenced by cultural studies.

MDM4007 European Cinema (20 credits)

European Cinema examines the history of European cinema, including British cinema, and its role within World cinema as a whole, especially its relationship to American commercial cinema. The module will focus on the significant movements and new waves that have contributed to the evolution of European cinema from the early twentieth century, as well as the discourses and debates that have continued to shape it. Additionally, you will explore the contemporary film production landscape and the contemporary and future health and vitality of cinema on the continent.

MDM4020 Media and Creative Industries (20 credits)

Media and Creative Industries will describe and analyse the changing economic forces which direct and constrain the choices of managers in various sub sectors of the media and creative industries. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of economic and policy concepts and issues in the context of the media and creative industries. You will gain an understanding of contemporary media contexts – industrial, political, scholarly and practical – and develop the related autonomous research skills and professional practices. The module will examine television, film, music, print and online digital industries.

MDM4023 Reading New Asian Cinemas (20 credits)

Reading New Asian Cinemas examines and interrogates the plethora of successive new wave cinemas in Asian countries throughout the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and beyond. It will explore the myriad ways that new cinemas in Japan, India, Mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and others have variously engaged with, elucidated or challenged the national and cinematic context in which they were produced. The module will also examine how these cinemas have entered into a discursive dialogue with other cinemas and have represented and/or problematised the perceived discrepancy between popular and art cinema.

MDM4024 Screen Genres (20 credits)

Screen Genres critically interrogates the history, context and conventions of a specific genre on film and/or television. The genre will be studied in relation to appropriate socio-historical, ideological, national and industrial contexts. In addition, the module will employ appropriate genre theory alongside a range of theoretical and historical perspectives to establish an understanding of the evolution of a particular genre and how it can be approached critically.

MDM4025 Cinema, History and National Identity (20 credits)

Cinema, History and National Identity explores the construction and affirmation of national identity as found in filmic representations of a nation’s history. A case study of a specific historical period or crisis, such as a time of war, will draw upon a genre-based methodology to discover the tension that exists between cinema conventions and the requirements of a national mythology. Thus, the module aims to investigate and evaluate cinema’s myths of ancestry and the mediation of history through film. It will also introduce you to the practical skills of concentrated research in the location and interrogation of research sources.

MDM4026 Media, Culture and Identities (20 credits)

Media, Culture and Identities examines the representation of sexuality on screen, including film and television. The focus of the module includes issues of gender (masculinity and femininity), heterosexual romance, gay and lesbian identity, sexuality and desire. Discussion of these subjects will be situated within the wider social, cultural and historical contexts. The module engages with contemporary discourse and debates concerning ideology, the performativity of sexuality and identity, and the social implications of representation.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this programme you should have a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate or cognate discipline. In exceptional circumstances, students with a lower second and/or demonstrable knowledge of their subject matter may be admitted at the department’s discretion. Overseas applicants will be considered on an individual basis and will be expected to demonstrate IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Each applicant will be required to submit a portfolio of written and/or visual work, demonstrating their enthusiasm for, and commitment to, screen media. A formal registration interview/viva will be held for each candidate. The interview will be conducted by at least two members of staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Once you graduate, you will be equipped with a highly desirable portfolio of transferable skills that will make you highly employable. You will possess an ability to blend theory and practice, as well as an understanding of how to make your research accessible and of public benefit. With MediaCityUK on the doorstep, you will have an excellent opportunity to forge a career in industry.

Alternatively, the skills and experience acquired through successful completion of this MA also provide essential preparation for progressing to research qualifications, such as an MPhil or PhD.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this MA are £4,860 for UK and EU students and £12,500 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18.

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MA are £27 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18, i.e. £540 per 20 credit module.

180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree. Please note, the University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at

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