University of Leeds

Society, Culture and Media, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    16500
    Tuition (Full programme)
    7000
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
    Language
This interdisciplinary Society, Culture and Media programme at the University of Leeds will allow you to benefit from the expertise of both the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the School of Media and Communication, enabling you to gain an in-depth understanding of key issues, debates and theoretical perspectives, and to critically analyse the relationship between culture, media and society.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Taught by leading researchers in the field, this programme covers key issues and concepts such as: media and social media; consumerism; audiences; representation; globalisation; migration and place; tourism; creative work and material culture. Through its grounding in sociological approaches to the study of culture and media, a concern with questions of power, inequality and identity will be threaded through the course, enabling you to think critically about the relationship between gender, class, race and ethnicity, and the cultural realm.

In addition to developing a specialist knowledge in the field, you will also acquire key transferable skills in research, communication, analytical skills, self-management and group working, which will open up a range of career pathways within the media and creative industries and beyond.

Career opportunities

The combined nature of the Society, Culture and Media programme at the University of Leeds will equip you with key transferable skills and the specialist knowledge required to pursue a career in sociology or media and culture. The national and international growth of the media and creative industries has sparked greater demand for graduates who possess advanced skills and knowledge in the field, opening opportunities in communications and media policy, PR, social and digital media, media markets and audience research or other cultural and creative industries. Additionally, the sociology element of the programme will allow you to apply your knowledge and skills in fields such as education, statutory and voluntary agencies, NGOs (non-governmental organisations), INGOs (international non-governmental agencies) and charities. The programme also provides a basis for progression onto a PhD in sociology and media studies, and a strong grounding for an interdisciplinary PhD.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules on Researching Society and Culture, Understanding Society and Culture, and Sociology of Media and Culture, will provide a solid grounding in key sociological theories for the study of society, culture and media, and methodological debates and approaches.

In addition to the core compulsory modules, you will have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules delivered by the School of Media and Communication, enabling you to tailor the programme to pursue your specialist interests.

The final dissertation project will allow you to design, develop and implement your own critical research enquiry into an aspect of culture and media.

Compulsory modules

  • Researching Culture and Society30 credits
  • Understanding Society and Culture30 credits
  • Sociology of Media and Culture30 credits
  • Dissertation (Media & Culture)60 credits

Optional modules

  • Public Relations, Culture and Society30 credits
  • Communication and Public Opinion30 credits
  • Journalism Practice and Policy30 credits
  • The Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 credits
  • Identity, Culture and Technology30 credits
  • Urban Narratives30 credits
  • Researching Inequality in the Media30 credits
  • Reality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 credits
Learning and teaching

Throughout the course you will be exposed to a variety of teaching methods including guest lectures, seminars, presentations, group work, blended learning and independent critical enquiry.

Assessment

Assessment will include a series of short quizzes, a group project, an essay and dissertation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social science or related discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 16500 International
  • GBP 7000 EU/EEA

Funding

You can search our postgraduate scholarships database for information about scholarships available to UK/ EU and international Masters students. Someschools at the University offer their own scholarships so you should contact them directly to check whether they offer any funding not included in the database.

Our scholarships and funding include:

  • If you’re a former student of the University of Leeds you could be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary
  • Subject related academic achievement scholarships
  • Leeds Masters Scholarships for UK students worth £5,000
  • Two sports scholarships are available to support elite athletes

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