Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Research Methods 2 (CCPR) CCPR5008

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is specifically designed to help prepare students to undertake a Masters level research dissertation and other forms of research focused on themes relevant to the fields of creative industries, media management and cultural policy.


Weekly 1 hour lectures/seminars

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





A 2,500 word dissertation proposal portfolio comprising two formally assessed elements:

1 x research plan (1000 words) - 40% 

1 x supporting literature review (1,500 words) - 60%


Relating to an individual research project/dissertation on a topic relevant to media management. For students planning to progress to the MSc this proposal must focus on the planned area of study and investigation for the dissertation.

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ enable students to develop and design a viable and appropriate dissertation research proposal;

■ develop students' knowledge and understanding of the tools and techniques utilised in carrying out research on topics in creative and media industries and cultural policy;

■ prepare students for dissertation and other forms of research focused on themes and topics relevant to these subject areas.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

■ define a research question, problem or topic relevant to the fields of creative and media industries and cultural policy;

■ conduct effective background research and undertake a literature review;

■ identify appropriate sources, research methods and techniques for the investigation of the chosen topic;

■ prepare and present a developed proposal for an original research project relevant to the fields of creative and media industries and cultural policy.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.