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Staff contacts:

For Master's degree inquiries contact Dr Nerea Calvillo: n dot calvillo at warwick dot ac dot uk

For PhD inquiries contact Dr Nathaniel Tkacz: N dot Tkacz at warwick dot ac dot uk

Postgraduate Study at CIM

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) is a new cutting-edge research centre. We foster innovative and experimental forms of knowledge through a focus on methods and methodology and we are dedicated to expanding the role of interdisciplinary research. Download our 2018-2019 leaflet.

Why Study at CIM?

Not many problems fit neatly into a single theoretical or methodological approach. Our unique interdisciplinary environment prepares students to respond creatively and critically to the rapidly evolving challenges of a world transformed by digital processes.

CIM’s postgraduate degrees open the doors to a variety of emerging career paths by equipping students with a suite of skills and knowledge across data analysis and digital media. Our graduates will gain a toolbox of key research techniques and concepts to answer key questions and challenges like:

  • How can we use digital data to understand and shape smart cities?
  • What is the best way to study and understand a major event on social media?
  • How are user interfaces designed to influence behavior?
  • What can we learn from new mapping techniques using smartphones?
  • Why is play so important for digital culture?
  • How do we create and critique data visualisations?

Unlike large departmental programs, the CIM experience is small, friendly and focused. Students have direct and regular access to staff and our weekly drop-in computer lab sessions ensure that all students have plenty of opportunities to develop and strengthen their practical skills. Students also develop leadership and team-building skills working together on group projects and tasks. Courses can be tailored to individual research interests through a range of optional modules.

Current Postgraduate Courses

As you may have heard from our sponsorship of the Data Stories podcast, our graduates gain a toolbox of key research techniques and concepts to succeed in a world transformed by digital technologies.


We consider all eligible applicants for bursaries and scholarship while funds are available, so do apply for the course as early as possible if you'd like to be considered.

Funding is available for Home / EU students for the three Masters courses. There are a number of options available via CIM and Q Step GREAT-India Scholarships are available for the three Masters courses. This is a competitive bursary available to students applying from India. PhD Funding is possible through a number of sources at Warwick.

For further information on funding available please click here.

CIM's Centre Assessment Strategy

We use a range of assessment styles, including essays, short blogs, group projects and short presentations. Please note that option modules taken outside of CIM may use other kinds of assessment. Please contact the Director of Postgraduate Taught (Dr Michael Dieter) for further details. Read more about CIM’s assessment strategy here.


There’s no set background for joining CIM, so it’s no surprise that our graduates aren’t restricted in their career paths either. Our courses focus on deep interdisciplinary skills that will help you excel in areas as diverse as urban and data science, digital media, publishing, local councils, international consultancy, charities, and further research at PhD level and beyond.

To give you a flavour of where CIM could take you, we spoke to recent graduate Isabella Calabreta about her experience at Warwick and beyond:

“Among all the universities I had considered, Warwick was the one that showed a clear intention behind its module choices. The website provided me with an exciting overview of the subjects, with reading suggestions that I found fascinating. I was looking for a university that would nurture me as a person, and also as a student, and the campus was the perfect location for that.

The most interesting aspect of the course for me was working as a researcher in group with my classmates. The laboratories and the lectures that would prepare us for the fieldwork were the most enjoyable moments, giving us the chance to engage with interactive tools and methods. Beyond that, I loved the opportunity to engage with literature in the digital age. I’ve always been interested in literature, but never had to study the medium that the book represents, most certainly not in its digital form. The modules at CIM gave me a much clearer idea of what I wanted to do with my life, and where my interests were.

What CIM has taught me first and foremost is how to conduct research and how to critically evaluate its result in light of our current political environment. Those who choose to study media are most likely people fascinated by the fluid reality of the internet, and will hopefully feel in CIM what I felt on my first day: that I had finally met my peers.

Since CIM, I’ve worked on a number of projects, including helping to curate the content of an Artificial Intelligence website, assisting with user experience testing and research platform, writing for a data-journalism blog focused on Open Data news, and managing a varied number of blogs on movies, literature and sub-culture. I’ve worked as a Digital Publishing Intern at the Institute of Network Cultures, researching the disruption in the reading flow of the longform, and I am now lucky enough to cover a role that fulfils all my interests, as Online Publishing Assistant at Cambridge University Press.”

Isabella Calabreta studied MA Digital Media and Culture with CIM following her BA in Foreign Literature and Languages at the University of Catania. bella.jpg