School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Media and Arts Technology by Research

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


This new programme aims to produce postgraduates with excellent technical and creative skills, who have a unique vision of how digital technology transforms creative, technical and social possibilities. You will receive training in the full research cycle including identifying a problem, choosing suitable methods to address it (eg, qualitative, experimental, practice-based) and communication of results.
You will develop a critical appreciation of the technical and creative state-of-the art in contemporary applications of digital media. In addition you will learn key technical skills that will enable you to produce new applications of your own. You will then apply this learning to a six-month advanced placement project with one of our partner organisations leading to a thesis.

This innovative programme, unique in the UK, comprises four main components: a series of advanced taught modules completed during the first six months that include programming interactive digital media, production skills for audio and video, making creative installations and research methods; additional advanced option modules that cover topics ranging from advanced technical skills through human interaction to performance and live art; and specialist project work and a placement project with an external partner leading to a thesis (see for a full list of our partners). You may also undertake your placement project with a research partner in a different department or, where appropriate, collaborating departments in other universities.

This programme will:

  • Develop your skills in programming interactive digital media, production skills for audio and video, making creative installations and research methods.
  • Allow you to choose from additional advanced option modules which cover topics ranging from advanced technical skills through human interaction to performance and live art.
  • Give you specialist project work and a placement project with an external partner leading to a thesis.

Why study your MSc in Media and Arts Technology by Research at Queen Mary?


Our research-led approach

Your tuition will be delivered by field leading academics engaged in world class research projects in collaboration with industry, external institutions and research councils.

  • As one of the UK's leading research-led universities, we are involved in Tech City, the largest concentration of technology, digital and creative companies in Europe (
  • You will develop a critical appreciation of the technical and creative contemporary applications of digital media. You will also learn key technical skills that will enable you to produce new applications of your own
  • You will have access to our new state-of-the-art media and arts technology studios, which include the listening room, control room and performance laboratory, as well as other research and performance facilities including the augmented human interaction laboratory and the Pinter Studio Theatre.


Programme structure
MSc Media and Arts Technology is currently available for one year full-time study.
Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.
Core modules:

  • Interactive Digital Multimedia Techniques (including processing/Max MSP/Jitter/Arduino)
  • Sound Recording and Production Techniques
  • Digital Arts Documentary (film production and critical review of a new media art piece)
  • MSC Advanced Placement Project

Optional modules:

Three from among the following options (subject to space and timetabling):

• Machine Learning
• Introduction to Computer Vision
• Computer Graphics
• Data Mining
• Big Data Processing
• The Semantic Web
• Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing

• Digital Broadcasting
• Java Programming
• Design for Human Interaction
• Multimedia Systems
• Computer Vision and Neural Networks 

• C++ for Image Processing
• XML and Structured Information
• Distributed Systems and Security
• Performance Research

• and many others

For further information please visit the Media & Arts Technology website:


Jonathan Winfield
MAT Programme Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7337


Entry requirements

An upper second class degree is normally required, usually in electronic engineering, computer science, maths or a related discipline. Students with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with unrelated degrees will be considered if there is evidence of equivalent industrial experience.

For international students we require English language qualifications IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 92 (internet based).


International applicants:
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here:

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
The Admissions Office can be contacted here:


Places on this programme are limited. We will give equal consideration to all applications received by May 1st 2019. We may still accept applications received after this date, but will not be able to offer a place if the programme is full.

Learning and teaching

Learning and Teaching:
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study:
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


The core modules are assessed through coursework alone.
Option modules are examined through a combination of coursework and written examinations.
 The advanced placement project is examined by thesis and viva.
You will also be assessed on a supervised 10,000-15,000-word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £10,900
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £22,750
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Graduate employment

Queen Mary’s Computer Science postgraduates go on to work in a wide variety of careers, mostly within IT and information services.

The national 2011 destination survey confirmed that 80.9% of postgraduates in this School were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 89.5% of these already working/studying at graduate level. Queen Mary graduates from this School also have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £26,110.

The broad range of skills gained through programmes in this School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled postgraduates to move into careers such as:

Software Developer
Interactive Systems Developer                 
Analyst Technical Associate
IT Contractor
Technical Analyst
Computer Analyst
IT Developer
Team Manager
Computer Programmer
Computer Consultant
Graduate Engineer

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Credit Suisse
ITRS Group
 Qube Global Software
Bromley-by-Bow Centre
Mac Experts Ltd
Ministry of Defence

Throughout the course, postgraduates have access to a careers programme to prepare them for applying for work after graduation. This programme includes workshops on job hunting and job applications as well as employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.

Recent careers events open to Computer Science postgraduates include the IT and Technology Fair, featuring Accenture, Babcock, BskyB, FactSet, Framestore, IBM, one-to-one sessions with Morgan Stanley, IBM and Accenture, IT company presentations, and Start Up Stand Up for those interested in working with technology start ups and SMEs.

Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village redevelopment means that there are substantial opportunities for on campus and local part time work and work experience. On campus there are 1200 job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Website Administrator and from Society President to Student Mentor. QTemps job agency offers work suitable for current students and recent graduates, QMSU Volunteering facilitates volunteering and QM JobOnline hosts over 800 part time and full time job vacancies.

Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers pages