The Masters by Research in Media and Arts Technology is an innovative one year full time programme, unique in the UK.

The MAT Masters comprises three main components.

  • A series of advanced taught modules completed during the first two semesters;
  • An advanced placement project with a QMUL research group or an industrial partner;
  • Specialist project work and skilling.

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This follows the pattern of the first year of our PhD. In the first two semesters all students take three specially tailored core modules:

  • Interactive Digital Multimedia Techniques, (learning programming in processing, Arduino, Max);
  • Sound Recording and Production Techniques (learning to use recording studio equipment to create an audio piece in Logic software);
  • Digital Arts documentary, (a documentary made with expert production advice and edited in Apple’s Final Cut Pro).

You will also select three courses from a list of advanced options which are made available each year which cover topics ranging from advanced technical and computing skills through human interaction to interaction design and research methods. Creative programming is at the heart of the MAT programme – students with no programming experience are trained in programming in the first two semesters, and students with programming experience have the chance to develop their programming skills further.

In the third semester you will take up an Advanced Placement Project, normally six months long, with either one of our creative sector partners or within a QMUL research group.


We invite new applications from outstanding individuals with any Arts, Engineering or Science background and welcome applications from people with a strong background in the visual arts, design, architecture, New Media, User Experience, human-computer interaction, and from people with a strong backgrounds in social science e.g. psychology, sociology, or a similar discipline.

You must be able to demonstrate academic achievement to the level of an upper second class Bachelors degree (or higher), excellent creative, critical and analytic skills, and experience in programming or mathematical abilities or strong interest in learning to program.

For application, requirements, fees and funding please see the MAT Masters application page.


To apply for the MAT Masters Programme, complete the online application form at the MAT Masters application page. Here are some tips for completing the form:

  1. Provide a CV including a weblink to personal work you wish to be considered;
  2. Provide a “statement of purpose” – a pdf document (maximum 2 sides A4) on why you want to do the course;
  3. Two references are required – either two academic, or one academic and one work related reference. Your academic referee must be able to comment on the standard of your academic work and suitability for postgraduate level study. Where appropriate, a second referee can provide comment on your professional experience.

Application deadline is 31st July each year.

If you are an overseas student there is helpful advice on our International pages and on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website. English language requirements are given at the MAT Masters application page.


For enquiries on the application process please email .