M.A. Media Communications

Regent's University London

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions
Tuition fee:
  • £ 15,600 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 15,600 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2014, August  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

This is an American degree (see the 'structure' tab for more information).

The MA in Media Communications offers an overview of the breadth of media communications.

You will examine the media from multiple perspectives and in cultural, economic and political contexts.

You will learn how to select from qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and apply research strategies to analyse media.

Why should I choose this programme?

The programme is flexible, enabling you to focus on particular areas of interest within media and communications, and select from a diverse range of courses to broaden your skills.
With London as the center of the media world, the course provides the perfect stage both for analysing the media and learning to create it.

Key skills, aims and objectives

You will explore

  • The history of significant forms of mass communication, including print, visual and interactive media
  • The role of the media in different parts of the world
  • The range of journalistic skills essential for a variety of media, including print, broadcast and online
  • The quantitative and qualitative methodologies used in carrying out primary and secondary media research and analysis
  • The principles of management, planning and execution of media activities and events
Future opportunities

Our students have gone on to work in all areas of the media, either directly or in agencies or organisations. Some combine their communications skills with other skills in business, marketing or management.
You will develop skills that you can use throughout your career, whether in the media industries or elsewhere.
The international aspect of looking at media gives you a wide perspective that will benefit you in whatever career you choose.

Contents

Most students complete their degree in six terms over 14 months. Academically strong and dedicated students may complete the degree in five terms over 12 months.

Additional information

This is an American degree. It is made up of units known as credit hours. Each class that you undertake will allow you to accumulate credit hours. Most classes (modules) carry three credit hours. You must successfully complete at least 36 credit hours (12 modules) to complete the programme.

The main parts of your degree are the core modules. You will follow 8-10 core modules, depending on your chosen degree. These must be complemented with a selection of elective modules to make up the required total of 12 modules. For some programmes, elective modules can be chosen from the full selection of MA, MS and MBA classes.

Professional skills development
In addition you will be expected to spend time in scholarship and research activities each term. All students undertake a mandatory, no-credit module in their first term (LIBR 5010 Professional Studies) which strengthens their academic skills in preparation for postgraduate study.

Sequential degrees
RUL also offers you the opportunity to undertake a sequential degree – a second MA, MS or MBA degree following your first postgraduate degree.

If you have earned an MA, MS or an MBA from Webster University, or Master’s or Doctorate from another regionally accredited college or university, or an international equivalent, you may apply for a sequential Master’s degree by completing the core modules (minimum 21 credit hours) in your chosen degree.

Please note: the sequential Master’s degrees in International Relations and Finance require completion of 27 hours of coursework.

Modules

Core programme (21 credit hours)

MEDC 5000 Media Communications
MEDC 5310 Media and Culture
MEDC 5350 Media Organisation and Regulations
MEDC 5360 International Communications
MEDC 5400 Media Production Management
MEDC 5550 Topics in Media Communications
MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications

Elective modules (15 credit hours)

In addition to the core modules, you will choose five elective modules from the Communications curriculum. You may also choose modules from outside the Communications curriculum, with the agreement of the programme director.

Requirements

We require successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.5 (out of 4.0) cumulative grade point average or its equivalent (e.g. 2:2 degree).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Funding

The Webster Graduate School is part of the Regents College £1 million Financial Assistance Scheme. There are many awards available to students with high academic achievement. Students who wish to be considered for the awards must submit a letter ALONG WITH their application to the college stating why they wish to be considered and what contribution they feel they will make to the college community.

Note: Scholarship applications must be made before registering onto the programme, no applications will be considered after registration.

Merit Awards

Open to students who have outstanding school records of achievement, as evidenced by GPAs/examination results. A merit award for students with a strong academic potential. Worth: Up to half the total tuition fees per semester.
Note: Students awarded £1,000 or more will be required to work 5 hours a week in the Admissions Office.

Work/Study Awards

Open to students who have outstanding school records of achievement, as evidenced by GPAs/examination results. A task-based award, whereby the holders are required to work a specified number of hours per week (normally 10 hours, up to a maximum of 20 hours) during term time in a particular department of the college in return for partial remission of tuition fees. This way the holder will benefit by gaining valuable professional experience before graduating.

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