M.A. Mass Communications (online study)

University of Leicester

Tuition fee:
  • £ 8,525 / Module (EEA)
  • £ 9,220 / Module (International)
Start date: October  2014, April  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Disciplines:
Delivery mode: On Campus Online
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

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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

Contents

Course modules Core:

* 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

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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B)
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

Employer sponsorship

Studying by distance learning gives a clear signal to employers that you are committed to developing your skills and knowledge. Your employer may be willing to fund all or part of your course if you are able to show the key benefits to their business. Some of these benefits are detailed below:

Distance learning allows you to develop your skills without taking time out of the workplace

You will be able to apply your new skills into your roles immediately

The skills you develop will include; complex problem solving; communication skills; creative and strategic thinking; time management; and decision making.

There are many different ways that your employer may provide support, from fully or partially paying your tuition fees to offering you study time or additional leave days. The form your sponsor will need to complete, together with further information can be found on our Finance Office website. If you are seeking, or have gained, sponsorship from your employer please mention this when you make your application.

ELCAS funding for members of the Armed Forces

We are an approved provider for the Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme (ELCAS) for armed forces personnel and all of our distance learning courses are available under this scheme.

If you are a current or former member of the UK armed forces then you may be eligible for ELCAS funding. Please check their website for full details or contact your Education Officer. If you are seeking, or have gained ELCAS funding, please mention this when you make your application.

Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans (CDLs) are offered by a consortium of major banks for students on vocational courses only.

You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 towards tuition and/or living expenses for a course over a period of up to two years study (three years if the course includes work experience). The bank will usually take between six weeks and three months to process your application - so make sure you apply well in advance.

The Skills Funding Agency will pay the interest on your Professional and Career Development Loan while youre studying - and for one month after youve left your course.

For an application pack or for any enquiries relating to Professional and Career Development Loans, please call Next Step on 0800 100 900. Further information can be found on the Directgov website. If you are seeking, or have gained CDL funding, please mention this when you make your application.

Research Councils

Research Councils are public bodies which provide awards for postgraduate research study for students from the UK and fees only support for EU students. Each is responsible for a particular group of subject areas. Only the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) currently consider applications from individual students.

International (non-EU) funding

If you live outside the EU, try contacting your government's Ministry of Education for details of scholarships or loans. The British Council, the UK's international organisation for educational and cultural matters, has offices in 110 countries and can advise on sources of funding. You may want to visit Education UKs section on scholarships for more information.

There also a number of charities and foundations you may want to consider contacting regarding funding. A few notable foundations are the Aga Khan Foundation, the African Educational Trust and the Said Foundation. A list of organisations can be found on the Postgraduate Studentships website.

USA

In the case of students from the USA, overseas distance learning programmes are no longer eligible for Federal loans or VA (Veterans Association) funding. Students may apply for loans from a private provider. One of the largest is SallieMae, and several of our former and existing students have used this route. There are, of course, many other providers of private loans for the purposes of education. Private loan companies usually require the education provider to have a 'Federal School Code': the University of Leicesters code is G22291.

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Accreditation

We think a university should be about empowering people to explore; through passionate, dedicated teaching and innovative, world-changing research. By embracing the fact that every journey is personal, the University has achieved some remarkable results.

At Leicester we think that high quality research and excellent teaching are not only complementary, theyre inseparable. We are constantly finding new ways of being a leading university, and have done so since we were founded as a University College in 1921. Find out about some of our greatest discoveries.

We are the only university to win seven consecutive Times Higher Awards. In awarding us 'University of the Year', Times Higher Education applauded Leicesters very different approach, describing us as elite without being elitist.

We were proud to be described as elite. But we were equally as proud to be described as a university that is inclusive and accessible in its academic culture. We've achieved success through our distinctive work which is characterised by the following approach:

An inclusive and accessible culture

Our commitment to an inclusive and accessible culture not only opens the doors to the very best, no matter their background, it even shapes the very way we look at and discover the world around us. Leicester is the most inclusive of Britain's top 20 leading universities with the greatest proportions of students from under-represented groups.

A personal, supportive experience for those who use our services

The University of Leicester was founded as a memorial to the fallen of the Great War and our motto means So that they may have life. We seek to do this by providing a supportive and personal environment for those who use our services and an experience that our students tell us is second to none.

A commitment to high quality, innovation and rigorous academic standards

We are dedicated to finding new ways of doing old things and bringing new perspectives to established ideas, without compromising on quality and while maintaining our high rankings.

A belief that teaching and research are synergistic

We believe that teaching is inspirational when delivered by passionate scholars engaged in world changing research - and that our research is stronger when delivered in an academic community that includes students - students who question and probe us every day.

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