• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
This Independent Study - Leicester Media School course from De Montfort University provides you with an opportunity to design your own individual programme of master’s-level studies within the Leicester Media School, while being supported and supervised by leading national and international scholars.


Reasons to study the Independent Study - Leicester Media School course from De Montfort University

  • Flexible course tailored around your interests - you can structure the course to fit around your career aspirations, with the opportunity to choose your exit award
  • Benefit from excellent academic support - the expertise of our experienced academics from diverse backgrounds will support you in your learning
  • Learn alongside our award winning research groups - benefit from a variety of research fields across the Leicester Media School, ensuring that you can draw upon a wide range of subject expertise including our Institute of Creative Technologies, Media Discourse Group and Cinema and Television History Research Centre
  • Take advantage of our placement opportunities - opportunity to incorporate local, national or international placements or academic exchanges into your studies
  • Develop research skills - you will develop and enhance your research skills, methods and problem solving enabling you get a feel for independent research study, and develop your skills accordingly to progress to PhD if you wish
  • Excellent graduate prospects - graduates could go on to work in national and international creative industries such as PR, digital and broadcast media as well as going into further academic study towards a PhD


This course will develop and enhance your research skills and methods, problem solving, independent learning, ability to work in consultation with others, communication and presentation skills. Graduates can go on to work in the fast growing national and international creative industry sector, in public relations, digital and broadcast media. You also have the opportunity for further academic study towards a PhD and a career in research.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Online Research Methods 
  • Research Project Proposal 
  • First Negotiated Module 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), 18 months for January starts.

    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Two part-time or three to five years distance learning.

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You should have the equivalent of a 2:2 or above honours degree, typically in a media, humanities, technology, science or related subject area. We welcome non-standard applications from a wide range of areas, and all non-standard applications will be carefully considered. 
  • If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course if required.
  • As part of your application for the course, you will be asked to submit a research project proposal.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9560 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9560 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6450 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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