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Course overview

Supervised and taught by highly specialised and expert staff, during this course you will have the option of exploring your research through performance, arts/media practice and more traditional text-based approaches.

  • Kingsway Campus, Chester
  • Warrington Campus
1 year

Why Study Arts and Media with us?

Our course is located in the Faculty of Arts and Media, where there is a vibrant community of staff and students pursuing arts and media disciplines using a variety of methodologies with a plethora of outputs. The MRes is geared towards facilitating your individual research interests, and you will be matched with staff able to guide you in your explorations, research and practical activity.

The sites where the course is taught have the facilities that you would expect in order to be successful in arts and media research, including specialist studio spaces together with specialist equipment, technology and software.

Kingsway Campus, Chester

Kingsway Campus is the home for the Faculty of Arts and Media and is the study base for students of Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Popular Music Performance, Animation, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Communication, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Photography, MA Design, MA Fine Art, MA Dance, MA Drama and MA Popular Music.

Kingsway Campus is a 20-minute walk from Parkgate Road Campus and offers 6,920 square metres of floor space, including a 200-seat lecture theatre, a reference library resource centre with discrete study / meeting rooms fitted with the latest viewing technologies, state-of-the-art IT labs, an outdoor courtyard performance space, and two catering outlets.

All the seminar and lecture rooms have iMacs, data projectors and interactive white boards.

The Performing Arts Department has some impressive facilities, including a number of large and smaller studios for public performance and rehearsal. These have extensive lighting rigs and projection facilities, and three have permanent fully sprung floors. There are state-of-the-art technology suites containing a range of software.

Three specialist technicians support work within the Department, and there is a significant amount of equipment that you can hire in order to help you with your studies.

Our library has an excellent stock, and includes a great deal of virtual resources including ‘I Like Music: Desktop DJ’ and Naxos Music Library (streaming music facilities which cover all types of music); Rock’s Backpages; Grove Music Online; Digital Theatre Plus; JSTOR and Project MUSE (journal databases); and many ebooks and journals.

The Department presents many opportunities for students to be involved in performance. A number of guest academics, practitioners and performers visit throughout the year, providing lectures, workshops and performances. These have included: Mole Weatherell, Curious Cargo, ReFound Dance, David Croft, Company Chameleon, Dan Lowenstein, Rafael Braga Araujo, Louise Gibbs, Fred Baker, Ian Matthews (of Kasabian), Ludus Dance, Motionhouse Dance Theatre, Protein Dance, Hetain Patel, Mary Prestidge, and National Dance Company Wales.

Unique to Chester are the four graduate companies that are housed at Kingsway: 2engage, Perfoming Pathways, Minerva Arts and enCompass Collective. Through the work of these companies, students are exposed to high- quality professional work experience and mentoring opportunities.

If you’re studying within the Department of Art and Design you will work in specialist studio space that reflects professional expectations. You will have access to all the contemporary and traditional tools you need to explore an array of creative material and digital practices, including: wood nd metal workshops, Laser cutting, advanced large scale 3D printing, sound and video editing suites; augmented and virtual reality systems, dark rooms; lighting studios; traditional and digital printmaking workshops; letterpress typography and book binding facilities, and specially equipped workshops for fashion and textile. All these resources are support by highly skilled technical staff who advise on appropriate use and function of equipment and processes. They also manage an extensive equipment loan provision where you can borrow a large range of cameras, lighting, audio recording and associated technology from us.

Warrington Campus

The Warrington Campus combines the best of long-established university traditions with up-to-the-minute modern developments.

Warrington: a Community Campus

The Warrington Campus provides a close-knit community, innovative courses, and a strong focus on employability and transferable skills.  The thirty-acre site provides excellent academic and social facilities for both residential and commuting undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Warrington: a diverse Campus

At Warrington, we offer a number of different courses facilitating a wide range of future careers. The courses available can be broadly separated into three main subject areas: the Creative Industries, Warrington School of Management, and Public Sector.

For more information about our courses, please see our undergraduate or postgraduate course listings.

Creative Industries

With a number of creative industries based in the North West of England, now is a great time to gain the skills you need to pursue a career in this evolving industry. Our Warrington Campus provides students with a wide variety of courses, 24-hour studio access, and industry active academics. We aim to provide you with the skills and experience you need to excel in your future career.

Business and Management

The Warrington School of Management prides itself on its varied and innovative approach to teaching, exploring a range of general areas as well as more specialised subjects. You may have the opportunity to undertake a work-based learning placement in Year 2, or a year’s paid placement, ensuring you have the vocational experience to back up your academic achievement.

The Public Sector

We have a wide range of courses available for students looking to develop a career in the public sector. From practically orientated Sport and Community courses (with built-in coaching opportunities), professionally linked Nursing, Social Work and PGCE courses, to uniform Policing courses; we’ve got a selection of courses for you to choose from. Our excellent support network, wide-ranging placements, and our dedication to interdisciplinary work makes Warrington a fantastic place to start your career.


From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city today, as it becomes "a must-see European destination".

The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

Postgraduate Research Admissions