New Media and Society MA/PGDip (distance Learning), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #159 (WUR) , | Online
The focus of the course is on new media technologies and their impact and influences on society, culture, politics and economics. The course aims to introduce and critically examine the advent of the information society in all its dimensions.


Studying our MA in New Media and Society will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the theories and approaches to new media and technologies in both micro and macro contexts, and you will gain in-depth knowledge of the key concepts associated with the new media, including the network society, digital capitalism, online behaviour and persuasive digital environments. In addition, you will learn the most innovative research methods to carry out research online.

The course enables you to explore new media technologies and their impact and influences on society, culture, politics and human psychology whilst developing a critical understanding of the historical background and recent developments and trends in new media, enabling you to engage confidently with all aspects of new media and new technologies.

The course combines core modules and option modules from a selection of specialist subjects. You will also complete a dissertation based on individually supervised research.

Programme Structure

  • The Politics of Digital Media
  • The Sociology of New Media
  • Media Research Methods
  • New Media, Online Persuasion and Behavioural Change
  • Research Methods for the Online World

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 or equivalent professional qualification
  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5035 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10070 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4655 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9310 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

*These are the total course fees for both the MA and the Postgraduate Diploma starting October 2016

Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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