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Visual and Arts-based Methods MSc by Research

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October 2020
January 2020
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£4,700 (UK/EU) *
£13,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Erminia Colucci
Susan Hansen

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

Visual methods are becoming an increasingly popular option in psychology and the social sciences and this course will further develop your skills in collecting, analysing and editing visual and arts-based data in research. Build on your own interests, networks and communities while you apply your artistic and visual skills to an independent research project. 

Why study MSc Visual and Arts-based Methods by Research at Middlesex University?

This MRes is ideal for those wanting to develop their ability in visual and creative research methods and apply these skills to their area of interest. You will become part of our thriving creative community and take part in the visual and creative projects in the department as well as showcase your own work at internal and external events.

You will be taught by internationally recognised researchers with expertise across different visual modes and art-forms on a one-to-one basis. Your workshops, tutorials and seminars will be tailored to your previous skills and experience, specific needs and requirements, current interests and research aims. You will also be able to pursue a specific research project in collaboration with experts in the field.

Become part of a national and international collaborative research network and have the opportunity to join our Visual and Arts-based Research Group, and have a visual researcher as your dedicated supervisor.

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What will you study on MSc Visual and Arts-based Methods by Research?

This course will allow you to explore a range of contemporary visual and arts-based research methods and you will develop your skills in collecting, analysing, editing and disseminating visual and arts-based data.

How is the MSc Visual and Arts-based Methods by Research taught?

This programme is a unique, research-based course, which does not follow the traditional model of lectures and exams. You will join the research community through an ongoing series of workshops and optional lectures. The MRes will enable you to excel in both the academic sector and the job market through individually tailored learning experiences.


Your assessment will be based on a final dissertation of no more than 12,000 words and an arts-based or visual output such as an ethnographic documentary, non-factual film, photographic or arts-based project.

Your dissertation will be read and evaluated, and you will be invited to make a oral presentation of your work.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the MSc Visual and Arts-based Methods by Research support your career?

The use of audio-visual, creative and innovative methodologies is becoming part of our daily language within and outside academia. This MRes will help develop your research, dissemination and public engagement skills as well as your own personal creativity and research skills; skills that are highly sought after in the current job market.

Erminia Colucci
Co-chair of the Visual and Arts-based research group

Because of her multidisciplinary education, Erminia's interests span different visual and arts-based methods and applied research areas including suicide and mental health, human rights, violence against women and children, spirituality and healing. She chooses to focus her research in Low-and-Middle-Income countries and among immigrant and refugee populations.

Susan Hansen
Co-chair of the Visual and Arts-based research group

Susan has interests in a range of visual and arts-based methods, including the co-production of unsanctioned public art, repeat photography, and the use of video-installation in dissemination and public engagement.

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Start: October 2020, September 2020 (EU/INT induction)

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Code: PGW99L

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