ResM Film and Video

Do you have a desire to pursue a specific research project in film and video? 

On this ResM you’ll receive a grounding in the research processes which are common to work generally in the arts, humanities, creative and cultural industrial fields. Explore research questions and methodologies specific to film and video and learn how these relate to both practice and/or theory. 

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Programme structure

You'll get to focus on practice or theory, in any combination of your choice, in one of the following areas:

  • artists’ film and video, experimental film and video (including fiction, documentary, drama documentary, animation)
  • histories of autobiographical, experimental, avant-garde film and video
  • contemporary theoretical discourses about independent film (including film practice as research, film as philosophy)
  • the study and use of archive film (including home movies) in different contexts and practices; the relationship of film and video to new forms of dissemination (with particular reference to the digital)
  • collaborative projects involving different disciplines (for example, performance); and community-based and activist video.

Programme content

  • Critical screenings: mapping out the interconnecting territories of independent film/video making
  • Research in the arts and humanities: development of generic research skills and methods
  • Masters thesis: presenting a substantial piece of work, either practice- or theory-based, chosen by you
The ResM in Film and Video leads to either a traditional written thesis or one that combines critical writing and creative/professional practice. You have the flexibility to submit your thesis any time between 24–36 months or, if you are making excellent progress, you may apply to transfer directly into our PhD programme after two years, rather than submitting a ResM thesis.

Choosing a ResM

The Research Masters (ResM) is classed as a postgraduate research programme – it enables you to engage in a focused, self-negotiated research project over the period of two years. As well as being a satisfying creative and professional endeavour in itself, it provides high-quality preparation for doctoral research, including practice as research, in the interdisciplinary field of independent film and video. You will study current debates and approaches, as well as the theories, skills and methodologies necessary for contemporary film and video research. Your thesis may be assessed entirely through written work or through written work in addition to a substantial practical project that addresses particular research questions.

The ResM is suitable for:

  • people in employment in the cultural and creative industries or recent graduates who wish to proceed to doctoral (PhD) research
  • those in, or who wish to be employed in, the cultural and creative industries (such as publishing, teaching, design, the media, galleries and museums, the heritage industry, journalism, theatre, dance) who wish to gain a self-directed academic qualification to lead to further career enhancement
  • anybody who wishes to further develop academic skills, pursue particular subject enthusiasms, or carry out a cherished research project with specialist guidance.

Features of the ResM

  • it focuses almost entirely on an individual research project of your own choice
  • largely self-directed with tutorial guidance and clear milestones and expectations
  • includes taught modules (60 credits) that must be passed to develop and evidence your research skills
  • it prepares you specifically to be a researcher in the arts and humanities, to do an extended research project within a professional context, or to do a PhD.

What’s different about the ResM?

  • Because it’s classed as a postgraduate research programme:
    - you’ll follow the same milestones and processes as MPhil/PhD candidates in the Doctoral Training Centre, including annual monitoring, the appointment of examiners, formal acceptance of your proposal by the University, and adherence to research ethics
    - you’ll be able to attend any sessions within the University’s Graduate School Researcher Development Programme
    - you’ll have a supervisory team (Director of Studies plus a second supervisor) assigned once your proposal has been accepted
    - you may have the option to apply to transfer straight into our PhD programme, subject to certain conditions, rather than submitting for a ResM award.
  • The final thesis is examined in a different way:
    - there’s a flexible submission date - between 24-36 months
    - it’s assessed by an internal examiner, who is not your supervisor, and an external examiner from another institution
    - you’ll need to attend a viva voce. This is an oral examination where you’ll discuss your thesis with your examiners. It usually takes place between one to three months following the submission of written elements
    - you won’t receive a percentage grade for the ResM degree
    - you may be asked to make corrections to your thesis before being allowed to submit a final electronic version of it and being awarded your degree.
  • The award title will be a ResM and the certificate will include the title of your thesis, with no grade classification.

How to apply

The ResM is a postgraduate research programme and your application form must be sent to: artsresearch@plymouth.ac.uk.

The Graduate School is available to answer any queries about our ResM programmes and any other postgraduate research degrees (such as MPhil/PhD).

ResM with the School of Art and Media - further details

With the ResM you'll have some taught elements and an extended research phase. There is the option to study full time or part time.

You may also have the opportunity to progress directly into a PhD programme.

Find out more about the ResM pathway