The following resources were developed as part of a project at the School of Media and Communication, University of Westminster.

The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) provides the opportunity to demonstrate creativity through engagement with a diverse range of topics.

Projects could include: the writing of an extended essay on the dangers of advertising; conducting a scientific investigation on boiling an egg; building a robot; making a film; producing a newspaper; writing a screenplay; designing a computer programme; making a video game… the choices are endless!

The EPQ is an independent research project providing you with the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to think critically, creatively and in depth about a topic. Designed to extend learning beyond the curriculum, it allows you to explore new and diverse directions.

Here at the University of Westminster we have developed a range of resources and programmes for students and teachers to support this exciting opportunity.

EPQ Media Studies Resources

Created by senior academics from our School of Media and Communications these resources are designed to help promote ideas and activities for Research Methods, and Media Studies related work.

Each card contains key information on its topic, provides suggestions for further open access readings and group work to explore contemporary themes in media communication. These resources also offer a way into other subjects, including Sociology, History, Geography and English. Our range of research focused resources can be used to guide students in any discipline.


Media and Identity

In a world where identity and the media are ever more closely linked, the cards in this series seek to explore how our own identity is constructed and represented through the media we consume, and what the wider implications of this are.

These cards provoke questions around what makes us human, what makes us who we are and how are we represented in the media.

Media and Society

Media and Society are inextricably linked in our modern world of mass communication and mass consumption.  These cards draw out and challenge some of the key debates surrounding the social, political and economic significance of the media and how these are changing in the 21st Century.

Media Production

How do you listen to music? Is there a trick to radio production? What is the link between production, distribution and exhibition?  The media production cards series looks at aspects of production across media platforms.

Supporting the creation of production with theory and conceptual thinking, these cards show how to develop an academic approach to a practical discipline.

Researching Media and Communications

This series of research methods cards introduces the main research traditions in media and communication studies and explores a range of methods of data collection and analysis employed in research.

A range of research methods are demonstrated here with each card examining a different stage of the research and writing process.

More information

For more information on the courses and resources created by the School of Media and Communications please contact me.

These resources were developed by the Westminster School of Media and Communication. The project has been coordinated by Ellen RosebladeDoug SpechtEleri Kyffin and Sara Hafeez.

Doug Specht is a Reader in Cultural Geography and Communication, a Chartered Geographer (CGeog. FRGS), and Assistant Head of School in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Westminster.

His research examines how knowledge is constructed and codified through digital and cartographic artefacts, focusing on development issues in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, where he has carried out extensive fieldwork. He also writes and researches on pedagogy, and is author of the Media and Communications Student Study Guide.

He speaks and writes on topics of data ethics, development, education and mapping practices at conferences and invited lectures around the world. He is a member of the editorial board at Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, and the journal Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman. He is also Chair of the Environmental Network for Central America.