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Creative Technologies MSc

Use your creativity and the latest technology to build up your portfolio on this MSc in Creative Technologies. Open the door to a career in media and entertainment industries.

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Overview

Boost your existing skill set with this one year, bespoke MSc Creative Technologies degree course, where you can choose to specialise in computer games technology, computer animation, or music technology.

You'll master the design and application of new hardware, software and techniques used in creative and innovative technology. You'll design, create and manage a media development or research programme. You'll also learn to address research problems and apply your skills to advancing the creative technology industry.

On this Master's in Creative Technologies degree course, you control the direction of your studies and professional development. With multiple creative pathways to choose from in computer animation, computer games technology or music technology, you’ll research, design and develop a unique personal project in your chosen specialism, paving the way for an exciting career in the entertainment and media industries.

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and International students.

Course highlights

  • Supercharge your existing skills by accessing our outstanding facilities and the latest equipment used in the industry, including our new Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality (CCIXR), sound recording studios, industry-standard game content creation software and console development kits
  • Research, design and develop a personal project of your choosing, focussing on creative problems and developing your portfolio skills
  • Design and create your own software, systems, 2D/3D assets and innovative solutions
  • Grow professionally through the help and support of your lecturers, most of whom are industry experts
  • Maximise your career potential by developing the professional knowledge, critical understanding and advanced skills needed to succeed in your chosen subject area

Exit awards

You'll complete this course with one of the following exit awards, based on the specialism you study:

Alternative course

We also offer an MA in Creative Technologies. The MA focuses on developing creative projects, while this MSc supports the development and exploration of technology.

Contact information

Admissions

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Modules

What you'll study (full-time)

Core modules

All modules in the year are core.

What you'll do

We’ll help you improve crucial skills for your Master’s success: critical thinking, communication, and project management. You’ll work in seminars and with a personal tutor to assess what you need for academic and professional growth. Create an action plan to improve qualities like presenting, researching, and contextual analysis.

You’ll also define your career goals, interests, and strengths, which will give you valuable insights for your path ahead. By reflecting and combining different views, you’ll write an assignment that clearly states your personal progress.

By the end of this module, you’ll have a toolkit for success in your studies and career. Use this module as a stepping stone to take full advantage of your time on this course and prepare for achieving your future objectives.

What you'll do

Dive into your project topic through critical literature review. We’ll guide you in gathering an extensive set of research and help you make strong, fact-supported points in your area of study. You’ll pinpoint what new things you can add and start making proof-of-concepts that fit your Master’s focus.

You’ll use various sources to set up solid theoretical, historical, and critical foundations for your project. Learn how to choose and use different research methods to answer your questions and meet your creative goals. By organising and presenting your findings clearly, you’ll lay the groundwork for an exciting final project that displays your academic abilities.

Come build the base for your major project with us, and open up opportunities to provide new perspectives in your field.

What you'll do

Use your research and apply what you’ve learned to create a standout final project. We’ll help you develop original solutions, select the best methods, and carefully plan out your work—whether it’s an artefact, exhibition, performance, or thesis. Explore the relationship between your ideas, approach, and the impact of research on professional practice. By evaluating and enhancing your project, you can overcome a major creative or research hurdle and showcase your exceptional skills.

With our support and your hard work, you’ll finish an excellent capstone project that will be the launchpad for your professional life. This module will help fulfil your ambition as a skilled researcher, innovator, and leader in your discipline.

What you'll do

We’ll help you turn your research or creative ideas into a professional reality. You’ll then review and tweak your work, using what you’ve learned to hone it further. Our seminars will guide you to perfect your project with great skill and thought, meeting professional standards. You’ll also learn to welcome feedback, using it to place your work among the latest issues in your field.

This module is your chance to show how well you can come up with ideas, develop them, and judge your own work. You’ll graduate with a project that shows your creativity, analytical skills, and professional approach—proving you’re ready to be a leader in your area of expertise.

What you'll study (part-time)

Core modules

All modules in the year are core.

What you'll do

We’ll help you improve crucial skills for your Master’s success: critical thinking, communication, and project management. You’ll work in seminars and with a personal tutor to assess what you need for academic and professional growth. Create an action plan to improve qualities like presenting, researching, and contextual analysis.

You’ll also define your career goals, interests, and strengths, which will give you valuable insights for your path ahead. By reflecting and combining different views, you’ll write an assignment that clearly states your personal progress.

By the end of this module, you’ll have a toolkit for success in your studies and career. Use this module as a stepping stone to take full advantage of your time on this course and prepare for achieving your future objectives.

What you'll do

Dive into your project topic through critical literature review. We’ll guide you in gathering an extensive set of research and help you make strong, fact-supported points in your area of study. You’ll pinpoint what new things you can add and start making proof-of-concepts that fit your Master’s focus.

You’ll use various sources to set up solid theoretical, historical, and critical foundations for your project. Learn how to choose and use different research methods to answer your questions and meet your creative goals. By organising and presenting your findings clearly, you’ll lay the groundwork for an exciting final project that displays your academic abilities.

Come build the base for your major project with us, and open up opportunities to provide new perspectives in your field.

Core modules

All modules in the year are core.

What you'll do

Use your research and apply what you’ve learned to create a standout final project. We’ll help you develop original solutions, select the best methods, and carefully plan out your work—whether it’s an artefact, exhibition, performance, or thesis. Explore the relationship between your ideas, approach, and the impact of research on professional practice. By evaluating and enhancing your project, you can overcome a major creative or research hurdle and showcase your exceptional skills.

With our support and your hard work, you’ll finish an excellent capstone project that will be the launchpad for your professional life. This module will help fulfil your ambition as a skilled researcher, innovator, and leader in your discipline.

What you'll do

We’ll help you turn your research or creative ideas into a professional reality. You’ll then review and tweak your work, using what you’ve learned to hone it further. Our seminars will guide you to perfect your project with great skill and thought, meeting professional standards. You’ll also learn to welcome feedback, using it to place your work among the latest issues in your field.

This module is your chance to show how well you can come up with ideas, develop them, and judge your own work. You’ll graduate with a project that shows your creativity, analytical skills, and professional approach—proving you’re ready to be a leader in your area of expertise.

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Facilities and specialist kit

Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality (CCIXR)

Create stunning works for film, TV, music, gaming and immersive reality in the UK's first integrated facility of its kind.

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Music and Sound Recording Studios

Our high-end professional music studio complex houses three studios, two live rooms, editing rooms, and a vocal booth.

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Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master's prepares you for

Specialist skills in the field of Creative Technologies are in high-demand. Depending on the specialism of your project choice, you'll have developed the skills needed to pursue your chosen career path - and have produced a portfolio piece to a professional standard to back this up.

A Master's in Creative Technologies will give you the specialist knowledge, analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills you'll need for a successful career in the field.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Application Developer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Games Designer
  • Visual Effects Production Assistant
  • Electro-mechanical Design Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • 3D Art Director
  • Marketing Coordinator

Career outcomes shown are sourced from the latest available graduate outcome surveys. The data shows career outcomes at 15 months after graduation.

Career planning

During your course, you'll have expert career support from your tutors and from our Careers and Employability Centre, which you can access for 5 years after you graduate.

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Career support

You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • 1-to-1 appointments
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events, including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

Course structure

This Master's degree will take:

  • 1 year (full-time study)
  • 2 years (part-time study)

Full-time study

At the moment, teaching takes place on Thursdays (between 9.00am and 5.00pm), leaving you the rest of the week for self-guided study.

You can expect:

  • 1 day of teaching per week
  • 30 hours of independent study each week

Part-time study

At the moment, teaching takes place on Thursdays (between 9.00am and 5.00pm), leaving you the rest of the week for self-guided study.

You can expect:

  • 1 day of teaching per week
  • 15 hours of independent study each week.

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials

As part of this course and to meet your needs, face-to-face teaching is complemented by online learning. Therefore, you're encouraged to learn on campus, attend on-site lectures, and take advantage of our specialist facilities.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through:

  • Practical artefacts
  • Written reports
  • Creative projects

You'll be able to test your ideas and techniques informally before doing assessments that count towards your final mark.

Feedback is available on all practice and formal assessments so that you can improve in the future. You'll receive detailed written feedback on summative assignments, while formative feedback may be written or verbal.

You'll be paired with a project supervisor who' will provide plenty of feedback, to help you improve in the future.

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Dr Brett Stevens

Principal Lecturer

Brett.Stevens@port.ac.uk

School of Creative Technologies

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

PhD Supervisor

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Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project/dissertation.

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Graduation Class of 2021

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

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Supporting you

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You'll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

 

Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5.00pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1-2-1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

UK, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man students
  • Full time: £8,900
  • Part time: £5,930 (Year 1), £2,970 (Year 2)
EU students

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: £8,900
  • Part-time: £5,930 (Year 1), £2,970 (Year 2)
International students
  • Full time: £17,900
  • Part time: £11,930 (Year 1), £5,970 in (Year 2)

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

Loans, scholarships and bursaries

Browse funding such as the Government Postgraduate Loan, our scholarships for new and returning students, and subject specific loans.

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Funding for international students

Learn more about sponsorships, scholarships and loans for students applying from outside of the UK.

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Additional costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees, so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: Such as photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements​

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and International students.

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A second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English-speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English-speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English-speaking countries will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.

For more information on how to put together a portfolio, read our MSc Creative Technologies portfolio guide.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start date in September, as long as there are places available. If you wait until September to apply, you may find that the course is full.

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2023, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.