Dissertation in Multimedia Journalism - JOUR8040

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 7 30 (15) Ben Cocking checkmark-circle


The module will guide the student through the research process including identifying the original 'problem'; defining a suitable research ‘question’; choosing a method; designing the research; the use of research materials and resources; conducting research; drafting, writing and submitting the dissertation. The module will demonstrate how different concepts are used in different subject-specific contexts that represent the main fields of inquiry, including ethical analysis, legal analysis, political analysis, historical analysis, and economic analysis.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 24
Private Study Hours: 276
Total Study Hours: 300


MA Multimedia Journalism
MA International Multimedia Journalism

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Dissertation Pitch – 10%
Dissertation (10,000 words) – 90%

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Fenton N (ed) (2010), New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age, Sage
Phelps, Fisher and Ellis (2007), Organising and Managing Your Research: A Practical Guide for Postgraduates, Sage
Potter S. (ed) (2006), Doing Postgraduate Research, Sage/Open University, 2nd ed
Wisker G (2007), The Postgraduate Research Handbook, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2nd ed

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Show critical understanding of the epistemological and methodological issues involved in the research design of projects in multimedia journalism, and the relationship between these concepts
2. Conceptualise a question for investigation in the field of multimedia journalism, and to design the appropriate research methodology
3. Deploy the appropriate concepts in the study of multimedia journalism
4. Follow logically the research design, overcoming anticipated and unanticipated problems in the empirical research, to achieve the production of a dissertation
5. Apply theoretical perspectives in multimedia journalism to appropriate case studies

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Work with theoretical knowledge and effectively apply theory to practical issues
2. Show awareness of the ethical, theoretical, epistemological and methodological dimensions of the scholarly work done in their discipline in general and in their own work
3. Undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge and make carefully constructed arguments
4. Achieve a level of conceptual understanding that will allow them to critically evaluate research, policies and practices
5. Critically engage in academic and professional discussion with others
6. Use the libraries, the internet, bibliographic search engines, online resources, and effectively conduct research


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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