Mass Communications MA/PGDip/PGCert, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
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  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The MA in Mass Communications provides a thorough grounding in the theories, approaches and research necessary for the study of media and communication processes in both the national and global contexts. The course combines an overview of the history and development of communication research with a critical analysis of current theories in the field.

You will analyse key areas in mass communication including media production, organisation and control, news in the local, national and global context, media/new media roles and the political process, communication policy and regulation, and cross-national media and communication systems.

This course will enable you to engage critically with contemporary debates surrounding the social, political and cultural roles of media and communication in modern societies. You will investigate the quantitative and qualitative methods and approaches necessary for analysing all aspects of the communication process, from media organisations, media professionals and production to media content, audiences and cultural consumption.

This postgraduate degree will equip you with the advanced analytical skills and knowledge you need to progress your professional career or to pursue further academic study in the rapidly expanding field of media and communication research.

Programme Structure

  • Contemporary Issues in Media and Cultural Studies
  • Mass Communication Theory
  • Research Methods and Management
  • Global Affairs: Communication, Culture and Power
  • Technology, Culture and Power: Global Perspectives
  • Critical Approaches to Consumer Culture
  • International Political Communication
  • Digital Media in Everyday Life
  • Musical Communication
  • Chinese Media in a Global Context
  • Globalisation of Sexuality: Culture and Media
  • Critical Approaches to Celebrity Culture
  • Cosmopolitanism, Media and Human Rights
  • Protest and Publics in the Network Society
  • New Media, Online Persuasion and Behavioural Change

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

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Academic Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • 2:1 degree or equivalent professional qualification
  • The Department of Media and Communication can give special consideration to applicants who have significant work experience in a relevant field.
  • You may be invited to submit an entry assignment in support of your application.

We can give special consideration to applicants who have significant work experience in a relevant field.

You may be invited to submit an entry assignment in support of your application.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 10070 International
  • GBP 9310 EU/EEA

*total tuition fee for starting October 2016 (MSc/PGDip)

PGCert: Home/EU £4,655; International £5,035


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