Mass Communications, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    16595
    Tuition (Full programme)
    7500
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #172 ,
This is for you if... you want to gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical and methodological approaches to the rapidly changing field of media and communication research.

About

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.

Career Opportunities

This Masters degree will demonstrate to potential employers that you have a high level of knowledge in your particular area, which can set you apart from others in the job market. The course has a strong emphasis on research methods and training, which will have a practical application in the professional world.

Some of the key career destinations include new media organisations, as well as press and broadcast organisations with a new media component, international news agencies, government departments (e.g. publicity, education, health), advertising firms, public relations organisations, and many others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • 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 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • 2:1 degree or equivalent professional qualification.
  • We can give special consideration to applicants who have significant work experience in a relevant field.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 16595 International
  • GBP 7500 EU/EEA

Funding

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