M.A. Mass Communications (online)

University of Leicester
This course aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in the theories, approaches and research necessary for studying, analysing, and understanding media and communication processes in both national and global contexts.



The MA Mass Communications degree is a one-year full time taught course providing students with a comprehensive grounding in the theories, approaches and research necessary for studying, analysing, and understanding media and communication processes in both national and global contexts.

The MA Mass Communications course combines a firm overview of the history and development of communication research with a critical engagement with the latest theory and research on media, culture and communication. The course provides extensive training in communication research. Since the launch of the MA Mass Communications course over two decades ago, hundreds of students from over 70 different countries have successfully graduated from the course.

All teaching staff are active researchers and are amongst the leading scholars in the rapidly expanding field of communications.

The MA Mass Communications course will provide you with a critical knowledge of the historical development and key paradigm shifts in the study of media, culture and communication, and it will give you the background knowledge and research expertise necessary to confidently address issues such as:

  • Media production, organisation and control
  • Globalisation and commercialisation
  • News in local, national and global context
  • Media roles in the construction of social problems and issues
  • Media and the political process
  • New media, information and communication technologies and their social uses and implications
  • Culture, communication and media
  • Advertising, persuasive communication and media campaigns
  • Ethnicity, gender and identity
  • Management, training and professional ideology in media practice
  • Communication policy and regulation
  • Cross-national studies of media and communication systems
  • Analysis of media texts, images and representation
  • The implications of media for the knowledge, beliefs and behaviours of viewers, readers and other users
  • The contribution of media to economic growth, nation-building and community development
  • Media, communication and social control
  • Media, popular culture and everyday life

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 9635 Module (International)
  • GBP 8910 Module (EEA)

*total tuition fee

PGCert: Home/EU £4,455; International £4,820
Start date , September 2016
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On CampusOnline
Educational variant Full-time
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Course modules


  • Key Issues and Approaches in Media Study
  • Media History and Social Regulation
  • The Media in Global Context
  • Communications and Globalization
  • Investigating Media
  • Media Industries: Convergence, Divergence
  • Professional Practices
  • Audiences and Reception

Option modules (two from the following):

  • Media Texts
  • Image and Representation
  • Film and National Cinema
  • Political Economy of the New Media
  • Communication, Technology and Society
  • Political Communication
  • E-Governance and E-Democracy: Theory and Practice
  • Journalism: News Access and Source Power
  • Critical Public Relations: Contexts and Issues
  • Advertising: Industry, Contexts, Impacts
  • Advertising as Communication

English Language Requirements


Entry Requirements

At least a good second class honours degree in any discipline, though a Social Science degree would be particularly relevant, from an institution recognised by the University. Applicants who do not have a first degree,
but who can demonstrate other relevant qualifications and/or experience may also be considered.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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