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Contemporary mass communications inhabit an increasingly digital landscape subject to cultural, economic and legal change. During this MA Programme you will interrogate the significance of media forms, the systems within which they operate and the challenges they face. Read more
Contemporary mass communications inhabit an increasingly digital landscape subject to cultural, economic and legal change. During this MA Programme you will interrogate the significance of media forms, the systems within which they operate and the challenges they face.

-Provides progression routes for undergraduate students on courses relating to media, journalism, cultural studies, marketing and communications and Humanities and Social Science subjects
-Designed for students from a wide range of academic or vocational backgrounds, including social media managers, public relations and journalism
-Delivered by academic staff with a proven record in research and teaching on mass communications
-Provides rigorous training in postgraduate research skills that will enable you to pursue further postgraduate study at doctoral level

Mass Communications at LJMU’s School of Humanities and Social Science considers issues of communicative power in a range of contexts to highlight their historical development and explore their continued relevance within a contemporary digital media environment.

An integral part of this MA programme is the year-long Research Methods module. This module introduces you to important methodological approaches pertinent to the study of mass communications and provides you with a grounding in key skills required for study at masters level.

In addition you will study Theories, Concepts and Debates in Mass Communications which looks at enduring issues such as the impact of mass media (within advertising, radio, print propaganda and TV broadcasting) on audiences.

The production and reception of contemporary mass communications is also explored in depth during the Digital Cultures module in which you will critically analyse research on digital media audiences, paying attention to research on web-based communication and the activities of fans. This module also features a distinctive collaborative project involving Tate Liverpool. Here you will critically review the ways that the Tate Gallery’s current exhibitions are being marketed to the general public, liaising with the gallery’s marketing team and paying particular attention to their online promotions.

You will study the quickly evolving area of new media by analysing contemporary media policies and considering the potential future direction of national and international media regulation. You will also put your knowledge of the contemporary media landscape into practice through the construction of a portfolio of digital writing, which requires you to reflect on the process of online communication in different international contexts.

Finally, your Dissertation study involves original research and enables you to incorporate reflections on your own professional practice, either through conducting a work placement or by utilising opportunities within your existing employment if you so wish.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study.

Theories Concepts and Debates in Mass Communications

Discover how academics theorise the relationship between mass media and society, and current issues in the field. This module explores mediation and the treatment of different media forms/technologies

Mass Communication: Research Methods

Explore important methodological approaches to the study of mass communications on this year-long module, which introduces you to textual analysis and audience research by providing a grounding in key skills for postgraduate study

Digital Cultures

Critically examine the relationships between people and digital media technologies by exploring the notion that contemporary cultural practices and social interactions often take place online via social media and web 2.0 technologies. The module involves a critical review of Tate Liverpool's exhibition promotions and liaison with the gallery's marketing team

New Media: Policy and Practice

Explore the shifts in the ethics of media production/consumption in the light of policy and regulation developments, new technologies and changes in media ownership/communication. You will consider the future direction of media regulation by analysing contemporary media policies

Dissertation

Undertake an independent dissertation research project that will make an original contribution to the field of Mass Communications. You may choose to incorporate reflections on your own professional practice

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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As elements of mass media converge, a broad understanding of the interconnectedness of the industry becomes increasingly useful. Read more
As elements of mass media converge, a broad understanding of the interconnectedness of the industry becomes increasingly useful.

This course examines key issues of media and communication through core units addressing central aspects of media, followed by your choice of optional units including the media industries, publishing, international cinema and new media.

Further tailor the course to your own interests through two self-directed independent study projects, which can be either a dissertation based on a media research project, or an approved practical project with a critical contextual study.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Mass Communications MA at Bedfordshire and:

• Study with specialists in publishing studies, journalism, radio, cinema and new media, using case studies selected from real-world media output
• Explore areas of media including: media theories and methods; world cinema and global media since 1975; representation and reality; designing for the web; media and cyberculture; publishing, culture and technology; online industry and culture and film analysis
• Develop your specialist knowledge and contacts in areas of the media of specific interest to you
• Gain from our 15 years’ research experience and expertise in cinema, new media and journalism
• Benefit from a degree that gives you valuable transferable and relevant skills enabling you to pursue careers in broadcasting, journalism, arts administration, photography, theatre, research, marketing, PR, sales and advertising, design and writing, or enable you to continue to an MPhil or PhD research degree.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/mass-communications

Course detail

This course examines key issues of media and communication, introducing principles of cultural theories and media research methods, providing a broader understanding of how different aspects of the media interconnect.

Modules

• Current Research In Mass Communications (MED028-6) Compulsory
• Final Project In Mass Communications (MED031-6) Compulsory
• Media And International Development (MED026-6) Compulsory
• Media Institutions Structures And Policies (MED029-6) Compulsory
• Research Methods (MED030-6) Compulsory

Assessment

The core units contain both formative and summative assessments, and it is during these units that students should learn the range of competences and knowledge necessary to succeed on the courses. For their project work students can undertake a traditional dissertation, a piece of applied research, a portfolio of diverse practical work, or some combination of these. The courses utilize essays, special exercises, case studies projects, dissertations, and practical work for assessment as appropriate to the topic.

Careers

The transferable and relevant skills which you will acquire remain in demand in the fields of publishing; copywriting, public relations work; in-house press office positions; teaching; media research; digital media production and academia.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The MA Mass Communications degree provides 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. Read more
The MA Mass Communications degree provides 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.

This MA course combines an 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 media and communication research methods and will provide you with a critical knowledge of the historical development and key paradigm shifts in the study of media, culture and communication.

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The Department welcomes applications from well-qualified graduates to register for research degrees (M.Phil or Ph.D). Members of staff have experience of supervising research students in a very wide range of topic areas. Read more
The Department welcomes applications from well-qualified graduates to register for research degrees (M.Phil or Ph.D). Members of staff have experience of supervising research students in a very wide range of topic areas. Applications are particularly welcome from graduates who would like to study in the following areas:

- Transnational Communication and Globalization
- Political Communication
- Gender and Ethnicity
- Influence and Representation
- Production and Consumption

There are three possible routes that students can follow:

1) M.Phil or Ph.D by Research
2) Ph.D by Research under the ESRC’s 1+3 Scheme
3) ‘New Route’ or integrated Ph.D

It is strongly recommended that prospective students seek advice from the Centre’s Postgraduate Tutor at an early stage to ensure that they are aware of all the available options.

Subject specific modules available include (list is subject to variation):

Research Methods in Media and Communications (20 credits)
Contemporary issues in Media and Cultural Studies (20 credits)
Processes and Structures in Mass Communications (20 credits)
The Study of Mass Media Audiences (20 credits)
The International Context of Mass Communication (10 credits)
Political Communication (10 credits)
Option modules include: Film as Mass Communication (10 credits), Advertising and Cultural Consumption (10 credits) and News Management, Communication and Social Problems (10 credits).

Start month(s): January, April, July and October

Duration: Full time, at least 2 years for the M.Phil, at least 3 years for the Ph.D, 4 years for the ‘New Route’ or Integrated Ph.D scheme.

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The Strategic Media Communications program builds on the broad knowledge and critical skills you have already developed as a liberal arts or social sciences major. Read more
The Strategic Media Communications program builds on the broad knowledge and critical skills you have already developed as a liberal arts or social sciences major. It provides you with specialized professional skills designed to prepare you for leadership positions strategic media communications in a wide range industries. It features a balanced blend of courses in multimedia technology, media convergence, advertising, public relations, integrated strategic communications, research methods, theory, ethics, and international communication to give you a visible professional edge in today's communications-driven global society.

Program Highlights

Program focuses on a balance between skills training and theory.
Provides students with professional skills that give them a visible edge in the job market and makes them an indispensable asset to any business, organization, or institution.
Students develop expertise in public relations, advertising, social media and campaign planning and execution.
Students expand their horizons as socially responsible members of the global society.
Designed to accommodate full-time or part-time students.
Graduate assistantships and internships available.

Program Distinctions

Faculty have extensive professional and international experience along with their academic credentials.
Students have access to state-of-the-art media technology and computer labs.
Hands on experience is available at St. Cloud State's 24-hour radio station, student newspaper, and an HD television station.

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Our aim is to provide a focus for creativity and innovation across a wide range of research fields. We provide a vibrant, intellectually challenging environment for postgraduate students who are keen to deepen their understanding of international communications issues. Read more

A chance to study a top UK Masters in China

Our aim is to provide a focus for creativity and innovation across a wide range of research fields. We provide a vibrant, intellectually challenging environment for postgraduate students who are keen to deepen their understanding of international communications issues.

This course will enable you to delve into the theory and practice of communications from many different angles. You will explore a range of critical-theoretical concepts, including globalisation, multiculturalism, mass culture, mass media, ‘the information society’ and post-modernity.

You will apply your knowledge to internationally relevant issues. This degree programme is designed to meet the needs of graduates from all disciplines who want to add international communications to their specialist knowledge. You will have the opportunity to study communications against the background of recent theoretical and methodological developments and will gain vital insights into the skills required by the contemporary communications sector.

Modules

Compulsory Modules

Communications Theory and Research Methodologies
Approaches to Globalisation and Contemporary Communications
International Communications and Cultural Difference
Dissertation in International Communications Studies

Optional Modules Group 1 (students must take a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group)

A European language (Spanish, French or German) or East-Asian language (Chinese or Japanese) for International Students (students cannot elect to study their first language) and a European Language (Spanish, French or German) or Japanese for Chinese students. Students will be able to enter study at a level appropriate to their individual needs ranging from beginners through to intermediate and advanced.

Optional Modules Group 2 (students must take 40 to 60 credits from this group)

Journalism: Theory and Practice
Chinese Journalism
Digital and Creative Media
Digital Games as Communication
Comparative Mobile Studies

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The MA in Journalism & Media Communication aims to bridge theory and practice in a dynamic interplay as the programme works to develop a wide ranging portfolio of skills. Read more
The MA in Journalism & Media Communication aims to bridge theory and practice in a dynamic interplay as the programme works to develop a wide ranging portfolio of skills. Staff teaching on the modules will be drawing synergies between various Media subjects. There will also be a focus on current media practice and the technologies of convergence exploring the impact of digital environments on the communications industries.

The course aims to develop professional and academic skills in the area of Journalism and Media Communications. Therefore, the programme will explore how to make communication more effective in professional settings by looking at magazine journalism and its associated business models, internal and external corporate communications, the impact of technology on the communications industries, and developing an understanding of ethical responsibilities and current legislation for media professionals. To offer more flexibility and to allow particularly international students to explore journalism and media production on a global scale, we also offer a choice module ‘International Journalism Trends’, which gives students the opportunity to develop a deeper insight into the theoretical and cultural framework of media and journalism.

During the course you will develop the theoretical knowledge as well as the practical writing and technical skills necessary for operating effectively in a professional media environment. Employability is a key characteristic of the programme, so you are given choice of taking an optional work placement instead of a dissertation as your final project.

Why choose this course?

In the media industry we are witnessing the advent of a new paradigm. It is one that thrives on inter-disciplinary collaboration. In this new world, social media, public relations and magazine stories rub shoulders, complement and indeed, often deliberately, inspire each other. This calls for a new breed of communications professional - the 'multi-skilled practitioner'. This new paradigm focuses on how best to create content and increasingly involves engaging audiences and media practitioners in dialogue. In this contemporary media environment social media, PR and magazine journalism are increasingly overlapping and this MA programme aims to address these synergies.

Professional Accreditations

The Mass Media Communications group is made up of academics who have professional experience of print, web design, journalism and PR and this will lend the programme a currency and employability edge that will attract students. In addition, the MA will seek professional recognition with the Periodicals Training Council (PTC), the lead body for best practice in training and development and people management for the magazine and business media industry.

Careers

This programme will enable you to work in a variety of occupations from Marketing Communications and PR to magazines and web publications.

Teaching methods

The Media group is made up of academics who have professional experience of print, web design, journalism and PR, which lends the programme a currency and employability edge.

Teaching on this course takes mostly place in 3-4 workshops + additional online activities depending on the module.

Work Placement

This module will give students the opportunity to work in a professional environment and put into practice the knowledge and skills developed over the year. Students will be typically be expected to have spent a minimum of 20-25 days on an internship or on a work experience placement. After completing the work placement, students will write a 3.500 word report and give a short presentation reflecting on his or her experience.

Structure

Core Modules
-Communications Technologies
-Corporate Communication, PR and Advertising Practice
-Research Methods 1: Critical and Theoretical Debates B
-Research Methods 2: Advanced Research Skills B
-Writing for Magazines and Understanding the Magazine Business

Optional
-Dissertation/Extended Project
-Work Placement

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Are you interested in the creative industries? Want to learn more about management and promotional culture?. Read more
Are you interested in the creative industries? Want to learn more about management and promotional culture?

Mass Communication Management at Northumbria offers you an exciting opportunity to study the issues and trends across mass communication platforms such as TV, radio, newspaper, movies, advertising and social media.

You will learn to recognise how these modes of communication are connected and how they relate to ideas and problems in society at both the national and the global level.

You will develop an awareness of the media, communication and cultural industries in the 21st century through research-informed and practical activities as you learn how communication strategies are produced, distributed and consumed.

Applying academic theory to a range of real-world issues, this course also includes training in cultural management, enterprise and leadership, providing you with the skills and confidence to succeed in a range of media and communication industries.

This course is also taught on our London campus. This course can also be started in January - please view this web-page for details: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/mass-communication-management-dtfmax6/

Learn From The Best

Dr Sarah Ralph is a lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, and her expertise lies in the realm of empirical methods and approaches to the study of production cultures, media audiences and reception.

Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw has a background as a reporter, editor, sub editor and correspondent in Sierra Leone, France and the UK, and brings real-life issues to the classroom.

Dr Gabriel Moreno practiced journalism for 13 years, including as a general and financial news correspondent with Reuters news agency in Mexico City. He was awarded a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication from Westminster University and is currently involved in research projects involving new media and migration, and social media and environmental communication. He became a fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy in December 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

You’ll learn through a mix of theory and practice, including taught sessions, field trips, lectures, seminars and group assignments.

You’ll discover the theories and issues informing real-work examples within a range of media and cultural industries and then put these to use in workshop activities which reinforce the links between theory and practice. You will be encouraged to develop your communication skills by taking an active part in seminars.

The dissertation module provides an opportunity for you to put learning into practice by designing, executing and writing up an original piece of research on a topic negotiated between you and your dissertation supervisor.

You will have the opportunity to go on at least one industry visit and hear from professionals working in a local media organisation. Previous visits have included to sites which represent successful local cultural regeneration such as BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts and Sage, Gateshead.

Module Overview
EF0126 - E.S.A.P. in FADSS Level 7 (Optional, 0 Credits)
MP7002 - Advertising and Promotional Cultures (Core, 30 Credits)
MP7003 - Working in Mass Communication Industries (Core, 30 Credits)
MP7004 - Media Dissertation (Core, 60 Credits)
MP7005 - Research Methods (Core, 30 Credits)
VA7006 - Cultural Management, Enterprise & Leadership (Core, 30 Credits)

Learning Environment

Your learning experience is enhanced by new technologies used to deliver and assess your course modules, including online reading lists and electronic submission of assignments. You are also encouraged to use social media to communicate with your peers and students regularly develop module Facebook groups for this purpose.

You will have access to an e-learning portal that provides lecture materials, assessment criteria, handbooks and additional learning materials such as videos, podcasts and news items.

You will have access to state-of-the art facilities such as the university library which has been recognised as being in the top three in the UK (tied with Cambridge University).

As part of the research methods module, you will explore using online forms for survey research, including social media and generic software tools such as Survey Monkey.

If you are an international student, you can develop your literacy and communications skills through English for Specific Academic Purposes.

Research-Rich Learning

Northumbria University is ranked in the UK top 20 for the quality of research outputs in communication, cultural and media studies (REF 2014).

70% of Northumbria’s research in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies is rated as being either world leading or internationally excellent.

The Mass Communication Management course has been designed with the help of industry practitioners so you will be graduating with the latest knowledge and skills required by the creative and media industries.

You will be learning from tutors who are specialists in their disciplines and who are research active at the cutting-edge of their field. Their expertise and industry experience helps to bring theory to life in the classroom.

You will develop your own practical research skills and will be able to demonstrate your own interest in at least one aspect of the wider cultural industry through planning, executing and writing-up an empirically-focused research project.

Give Your Career An Edge

Your course is designed to give you the skills and competencies, theory and practical experience that employers in the media industries are looking for.

You will be encouraged to think like an entrepreneur and to understand the behaviours you need to exhibit in order to succeed in your future career aspirations. Graduates are global citizens who are not afraid to ask the big, challenging questions.

The diverse examples and case studies which are used across the modules provide a good grounding in a range of different media industries, enabling you to be a credible applicant for opportunities in a range of cultural industries.

Taking part in seminar discussions and group activities will encourage you to develop teamwork and a range of other transferable skills including effective communication, relationship-building and personal time management.

Your Future

This course will foster your intellectual curiosity and help you become a reflective and independent thinker, especially on issues, trends, policies, and challenges in mass communication industries in national and global contexts.

You will have the opportunity to develop skills in effectively interrogating ideas to clarify and boost your understanding. This combination of critical knowledge and skills will provide you with an excellent foundation for pursuing your future career.

On graduation, you could progress into a career in advertising, marketing, media or journalism.

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This programme is subject to validation. The MA Media and Communications offers students a broad foundation in media including training in theory, research methods and contemporary topics. Read more
This programme is subject to validation.

The MA Media and Communications offers students a broad foundation in media including training in theory, research methods and contemporary topics.

You will examine today’s global, digital and cultural issues shaping current media landscapes.

You will learn about the history of mass communication and key trends in emerging and networked media industries, including print, visual and interactive media. In addition, you will explore how international media systems shape our view of the world.

You will develop a range of media and communication skills that are essential for a variety of media platforms and activities.

You will learn research and analysis, how to plan and execute media projects and how to produce material in print, film and online formats.

Why should I choose this programme?

With London as a cultural and media capital, the course provides the perfect stage both for analysing the media and learning to create it. London is a hub of creative and technological innovation, characteristic of media and communications. This programme equips students to understand and gain experience in this dynamic media world.

The programme is flexible, enabling you to gain knowledge in particular areas of interest within media and communications as well as selecting from a diverse range of electives in order to broaden your knowledge base and skill set.

You will benefit from small classes taught by academic experts and industry professionals who are specialists in their field. Classes are also enhanced by guest lectures from experts, field trips and visits to relevant media events and organisations.

Key skills, aims and objectives

‌•Establish a thorough understanding of media in today’s fast-paced and rapidly changing global cultures
‌•Develop critical evaluation and knowledge skills
‌•Become global citizens with broad-based media and communications expertise and personal specialization

Future opportunities

Graduates from this MA programme have gone on to excel in diverse employment fields such as the communications industries, global public relations firms, fashion industry, charities and public institutions.

Some combine their communications skills with other skills in business, marketing or management and become entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The international aspect of the programme will give you a global perspective that will benefit you in whatever area you choose for your future.

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

•Apply online
•Apply directly to us using the application form available here http://www.regents.ac.uk/media/1188903/Regents-application-form.pdf
Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

•Copies of academic transcripts and certificates of all academic study undertaken after secondary school
•One letter of academic reference
•A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience if applicable.
•A 300 to 500-word personal statement in support of your application, outlining your reasons for applying to your chosen programme and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
•A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
•One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at )
•If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Please note: most candidates will be assessed for admission on the basis of their submitted application materials. However, RUL reserves the right to invite candidates for interview and to reject those who decline to attend.

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, we will make you a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

•Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
•Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
•Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)
•Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/how-to-pay.aspx

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

For more information on course structure, admissions and teaching and assessment, please follow this link: http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/programmes/ma-media-and-communications.aspx#tab_course-overview

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This MA offers teaching that is critical, innovative and diverse. It combines theory with practical, applied elements, and draws on a range of research and contemporary examples- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-political-communications/. Read more
This MA offers teaching that is critical, innovative and diverse. It combines theory with practical, applied elements, and draws on a range of research and contemporary examples- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-political-communications/

These come from current work in politics, political science and media studies, and also from political sociology, cultural theory and journalism. The curriculum covers political communication, from the national and international down to the local and personal, from governments and parties to NGOs and local activist groups. It engages with cultural, alternative and digital, interactive communication as well as traditional mass media.

This dynamic programme, first and foremost, offers critical engagement. It asks difficult questions about politics, economic policy, society and the media. Taking this course will not just give you an understanding of the the forms and impacts of political communications. It will also help you contextualise that knowledge in relation to the structures, institutions and actors that are at the heart of politics and media.

This course is broadly conceptual in focus, but also offers several practical, applied options as well as skills-based components. All students take a research skills course and are supervised through a dissertation with a research component. There are options, such as Campaign Skills, Social Media Campaigning, Digital News Writing and Media Law, which are entirely practice-based and taught by professionals in the field. There are also several speaker series running each year with guests from the worlds of politics, journalism, business and campaigning coming to talk.

Studying in London

Goldsmiths’ London location means that students remain in close proximity to a range of national and international political institutions, political parties, interest groups and media centres.

The MA also attracts a stimulating combination of recent graduates and experienced professionals, as well as a mix of UK and international students from across Continental Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Aeron Davis.

The programme’s core curriculum will address a range of contemporary issues, debates and theory in political communication, including work on:

-comparative media systems
-theories of communication and democratisation
-global media, international governance and transnational communication
-economic, financial and industrial policy
-digital media and online politics
-media sociology and news production
-political parties, party ideologies and party-member dynamics
-public relations, political marketing and spin
-government communication systems and media management
-media audiences, effects and agenda-setting
-public opinion and public sphere debates
-interest groups, social movements and alternative media
-advocacy, civil society and public affairs
-new technologies and the information society
-citizenship and public engagement
-the policy process and government decision-making
-politics and culture
-social theories of power, culture and communications

Theory is usually applied to a number of case study areas on, for example: conflict and war; elections; social and environmental debates; foreign affairs; the economy, finance and business; crime and disorder. Theory and discussion is always related to current events and debates.

Structure

The MA in Political Communications is built up of modules that must count up to 180 credits. The programme comprises:

Two core modules taught in the Department of Media and Communications (60 credits in total)
A research skills module
60 credits' worth of modules chosen from the Department of Politics or Department of Media and Communications. These can be a combination of 30 and 15 credit modules
Up to 30 of the 60 credits of options may be chosen from the departments of Sociology, Anthropology, English and Comparative Literature, and the Centre for Cultural Studies

Assessment

The MA is assessed primarily through coursework essays and written projects. Practical modules may require audiovisual elements to be submitted. It will also include a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Skills

On completing the programme you'll come out with a mixture of:

-field expertise
-new analytical skills
-an understanding of research methods
-practical, applied knowledge

Careers

The programme caters to both recent graduates and those with experience who are looking for career change or advancement. Recent graduates have found (re)employment in:

-political journalism,
-olitical parties
-government institutions
-interest groups
-international bodies

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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This course is designed to give you a critical analysis of issues of policy and regulation in the media, information and/or telecommunications/internet… Read more
This course is designed to give you a critical analysis of issues of policy and regulation in the media, information and/or telecommunications/internet sectors, which may include links between policy and policy-making affecting media industries and telecommunications/internet and political, economic or social developments affecting markets, companies, technologies, institutions or international relations. The course encourages diversity and is designed to have international appeal. It ensures that you receive a relevant, well-grounded, high-quality education and skill base, enabling you to have a wide, clear and comprehensive understanding of communications policies.

Based on continuous assessment, the course is taught in lectures and seminars by the team from Westminster’s top-rated Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). You will be part of a bustling, multicultural academic department which boasts a strong research culture. You will be able to attend the regular talks by outside speakers (academics and practitioners) on a variety of communication and mass media issues.

Course content

Modules
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules, semester one
-DISSERTATION MODULE
-POLITICAL ANALYSIS OF COMMUNICATIONS POLICY

Option modules, semester one
-GLOBAL MEDIA
-POLITICAL ECONOMY OF COMMUNICATION
-STUDY SKILLS (NO CREDITS)
-TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS POLICY
-THEORIES OF COMMUNICATION

Core module, semester two
-APPROACHES TO MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH

Option modules, semester two
-CHINESE MEDIA
-DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS POLICY
-MEDIA, ACTIVISM AND CENSORSHIP
-MEDIA AUDIENCES
-MEDIA BUSINESS STRATEGY
-POLICIES FOR DIGITAL CONVERGENCE
-SOCIOLOGY OF NEWS

Associated careers

Graduates have found jobs in middle and upper management in the media industries, as well as in the broader private sector (eg consulting and advertising firms), the public sector (eg government ministries, regulatory authorities), international organisations and NGOs.

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This MA looks at contemporary changes in media and communications, by putting into perspective the transformations that affect the way people live and work, national and international institutions evolve, and how cultural practices develop- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-global-media-transnational-communications/. Read more
This MA looks at contemporary changes in media and communications, by putting into perspective the transformations that affect the way people live and work, national and international institutions evolve, and how cultural practices develop- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-global-media-transnational-communications/

This programme's internationally acclaimed and comparative approach to the events, issues and debates of our times is particularly suited for those interested in exploring the bigger picture as well as the nitty-gritty of transformations in media and communications and their impact on culture, society and politics.

Its cutting-edge and interdisciplinary approach to postgraduate learning, independent study, and life skills provides you with the analytical skills, conceptual knowledge and practical understanding of the real and imagined shifts that are taking place in – and through – the media industries, everyday life online and on the ground at home and abroad.

The Masters attracts budding scholars, media practitioners, activists, and advocates from many regions, with a variety of educational and professional backgrounds.

It's particularly suitable for those wanting to move their knowledge and analytical skills up a level for further study as well as for those who have experience of studying or working in the media and cultural sectors, non-profits and other third sector organisations, alternative media, the arts, grassroots and international advocacy and activism.

The programme achieves these goals by:

-exploring the challenges traditional media sectors face as news, entertainment, and services go global and converge on the web
-critically studying the past, present, and future of the internet and information and communications technologies
-examining changes to communicative cultures, media production, and services in a ‘post-Web 2.0’ context
-thinking about how ordinary people, businesses, governments, and multilateral institutions (mis)use ICT
-looking more closely at how local communities, governments, and transnational corporations look to influence media futures
-researching differences in how people, cultures, and countries access and use media and communicate across borders
-debating the implications of the digital divide, media censorship, and digital surveillance by governmental and commercial agencies
-reading, watching, and hearing how artists, creative entrepreneurs, power elites and ordinary people respond to technological and social change

The Programme Director is Professor Marianne Franklin. Lecturers, guest speakers, and research students on this programme are affiliated to the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy, the School of Mass Communications at Texas Tech University (USA), the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, Edinburgh Law School, Le Monde diplomatique, a number of international NGOs, activist and advocacy groups, international academic and media networks.

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Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Professor Marianne Franklin.

Modules & Structure

The programme is broken into three parts:

-core modules
-option modules (where students can devise their own specialisations)
-dissertation

The themes covered may vary from year to year, depending on research developments and staff availability.

Along with two compulsory (core) modules, research skills module, and a research dissertation, you can choose from a range of theory and practice option modules from Media & Communications as well as other Goldsmiths departments.

Distinguishing Features: this programme's content, structure, and assessment takes an interdisciplinary and innovative approach to:

-reading, thinking and articulating challenging ideas
-conducting individual and collaborative research
-accessing and contributing to current debates
-incorporating practitioner and activist perspectives
-teaching and learning that is both research-led and student-inspired
-supporting excellence in individual and group projects

Activities: Based on an interactive communication model of learning and teaching, the core programme is organised around lectures, participatory workshops, student presentations, written work, informed debates.

-It features guest speakers from around the world and various media and communications domains.
-It involves students in creating their own media-based projects, such as our prize-winning live Video Conference event with international partners.
-It looks to foster original research dissertation work, formal presentation and collaborative skills.
-It provides instruction in the fundamentals of designing and successfully completing an independent research dissertation project alongside one to one supervision and workshops

On completing this programme you will be able to (re)enter the workplace, return to your creative pursuits, activism, or advocacy project or, if you wish, continue onto further research with up-to-date knowledge about the facts and fictions around these trends.

Assessment

Individual and group presentations; live video/web conferences, examined essays and research papers; qualitatively assessed assignments and discussion leading; dissertation.

Careers

Graduates from this programme find work and excel in a number of domains:

national and global media corporations
government departments
global news & broadcasting
online media
PR and advertising
NGOs and non-profits
intergovernmental organizations
the entertainment industry
the arts and cultural sectors
Alumni have found work with the BBC world service, Globo corporation, Carnegie Foundation, European parliament and European Commission, CCTV, NBC, Google, Microsoft, NGOs (eg Greenpeace, Global Partners) and charities (eg Dementia UK), newspapers (eg in South Korea, Brazil, Slovenia, China), alternative media and advocacy networks, museums, theatres and art gallerires, online national and international media outlets (eg Chinese, indigenous Taiwanese), PR and marketing around the world.

Other alumni have continued on to PhD programmes, at Goldsmiths and elsewhere. Many have been successful in gaining research scholarships and funding to further their academic and practitioner careers.

The ethos of the department is one which looks to achieve a healthy balance between scholarly pursuits and practical skills; we look to develop all-round thinkers and doers who can – and do – contribute to the cultural and professional life of their communities and countries. Graduates from this programme excel in their analytical skills, range of knowledge, flexibility, and adaptability.

Skills

At Goldsmiths we support and develop students to express themselves creatively and self-critically in theoretical, creative, practical and/or professional pursuits.

You will be equipped with new insights and ideas, analytical skills and practical knowledge about how both traditional and newer media, familiar and cutting-edge information and communication technologies, and computer-mediated communications actually operate and contribute to society, culture, and politics in contemporary settings.

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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This new Masters degree from the world ranking Department of Journalism and Mass Communications aims to equip students with the skills, knowledge and strategic approach to develop and analyse social change campaigns, with a particular focus on the role of communications and the media. Read more
This new Masters degree from the world ranking Department of Journalism and Mass Communications aims to equip students with the skills, knowledge and strategic approach to develop and analyse social change campaigns, with a particular focus on the role of communications and the media. Now in its second year, this is the only MA of its kind in the UK.

This innovative course builds on our close links with leading campaigners and communicators in London's vibrant social change sector. An advisory panel, with representatives from Amnesty UK, Campaign Bootcamp, FairSay, Friends of the Earth, NCVO, RIBA, WaterAid and The National Council of Voluntary Organisations among others, will ensure we always reflect the skill sets in demand and deliver an exciting learning experience. A limited number of work placements and internships will be available.

The course is aimed at those with some experience or interest in social change, the media, and communications or campaigns within not for profit organisations. The course will help you improve your practical skills, develop a deep understanding of the theories and frameworks that underpin and shape campaign communications, and enjoy the space to reflect critically on current and past practice. It is designed to help you start, or progress, a career in charity, pressure group or public sector campaign communications. It may also be of interest to those working in corporate social responsibility.

The course team has extensive experience both in developing social change campaigns and in academic research into the connections between media and social change. The course is jointly led by Michaela O’Brien and Dr. Anastasia Kavada with additional teaching by practitioners and members of CAMRI. It is taught at our campuses in the West End of London, and also at the Harrow campus.

The course offers a number of delivery modes to suit the different needs of students and can be taken as either part-time or full-time.

There are three core modules. The first develops practical planning and campaign communications skills; the second considers media and activism theories; and the third combines theory with practice, reflecting on applying concepts like power and ethics within the setting of campaign communications. Each module has assessments – e.g. essays, campaign plans, reflective blogs, debates and presentations - rather than exams.

These three core modules make up the Postgraduate Certificate.

Students can take another three modules - chosen from a very wide range of options including practical media and content production skills; diversity issues; development and policy; social media; theories of communication and more - to complete a Postgraduate Diploma.

Students wanting to take the Masters course also complete either a 15,000-word research dissertation, or a professional practice project (which can be work-based).

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core module semester one
-CRITICAL ISSUES IN CAMPAIGNING

Core modules semester two
-MEDIA, ACTIVISM AND POLITICS
-PLANNING CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATIONS

Option modules - You choose three option modules from the following menu. You may choose to focus on practical skills, on new technologies, on diversity or development, or on media audiences and industries.

Semester one - Choose two of the following in addition to the core module:
-Approaches to Social and Cultural Diversity
-Global Media
-Media Management and Content Production (PR and the Media)
-Media Production
-Political Economy of Communication
-Reporting Diversity: Gender, Sexuality, Age, Disability
-Social Media and e-Marketing
-Social Media: Creativity, Sharing, Visibility
-Technology and Communications Policy
-Theories of Communication.

Semester two - Choose one of the following in addition to the core modules:
-Approaches to Media and Communications Research
-Critical Theory of Social Media and the Internet
-Development and Communications Policy
-Media Audiences
-Online Journalism
-Reporting Diversity: Faith and Religion
-Reporting Migration, Race and Ethnicity
-Sociology of News
-Web Production: Westminster News Online

Associated careers

This course is particularly relevant if you want to start, or to progress, a career in communications and campaigning for social change, whether in a charity or non-governmental organisation; in a public sector body; in a political party or election campaigning setting; or even in a corporate social responsibility role. It could also be a stepping-stone towards a PhD and an academic career in this growing field of study.

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This highly regarded course offers a rigorous analysis of the political, economic, cultural and sociological factors which shape the practices and outcomes of mass media. Read more
This highly regarded course offers a rigorous analysis of the political, economic, cultural and sociological factors which shape the practices and outcomes of mass media. It will give you the opportunity to study and research the main ways in which social scientists have analysed the role of the mass media and communication, and how to develop, evaluate and apply research to evaluate those theories.

The MA ensures that you will receive a relevant, well-grounded, high-quality education and skill base, and a clear and comprehensive understanding of communication and the mass media. It is designed both for those who already work in or want to work in the media, and for those who want to go on to pursue further academic research in media and communication.

Based on continuous assessment, the course is taught in lectures and seminars by the team from Westminster’s top-rated Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). You will be part of a bustling, multicultural academic department which boasts a strong research culture. You will be able to attend the regular talks by outside speakers (academics and practitioners) on a variety of communication and mass media issues.

Course content

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Core modules, semester one
-DISSERTATION MODULE
-THEORIES OF COMMUNICATION

Option modules, semester one
-GLOBAL MEDIA
-POLITICAL ANALYSIS OF COMMUNICATIONS POLICY
-POLITICAL ECONOMY OF COMMUNICATION
-STUDY SKILLS (NO CREDITS)
-TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS POLICY

Core module, semester two
-APPROACHES TO MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH

Option modules, semester two
-CHINESE MEDIA
-DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS POLICY
-MEDIA, ACTIVISM AND CENSORSHIP
-MEDIA AUDIENCES
-MEDIA BUSINESS STRATEGY
-POLICIES FOR DIGITAL CONVERGENCE
-SOCIOLOGY OF NEWS

Associated careers

Graduates have found jobs in middle and upper management in the media industries, as well as in the broader private sector (eg consulting and advertising firms), the public sector (eg government ministries, regulatory authorities), international organisations and NGOs.

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On this programme you will explore a variety of themes in areas related to mass media, politics and communication. You will seek to understand flows of information and their political consequences both domestically and internationally, across a diversity of platforms, structures, and systems. Read more
On this programme you will explore a variety of themes in areas related to mass media, politics and communication. You will seek to understand flows of information and their political consequences both domestically and internationally, across a diversity of platforms, structures, and systems.

Why this programme

-This programme is designed for those who want to pursue a career in political communication, offering you a range of theoretical insights and analytical tools and skills that will be beneficial for a broad range of careers.
-You will engage in discussions about the role of mass media and new media in society, the ways in which politicians and citizens use media, and the quality of public deliberation.
-You will also explore themes such as the effects of media and communications on public opinion and public policy, the ways in which political parties communicate their messages, and how digital media shapes politics.
-You will engage with a range of perspectives from political science and communications especially, but also psychology, sociology, computing science and big data analytics, and economics.
-Our programme is unique in Scotland and one of few political communication programmes based in a Politics department in the UK, rather than in communications or media studies.
-We have a diverse and vibrant student body with students from all over the world. You will share courses with students from other programmes in the school, which enriches the liveliness and breadth of experience for all. Like our students, research staff come from many different places.

Programme structure

You will take three core courses and three optional courses, and complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the personal supervision of a staff member with related expertise.

Core courses
-Media and democracy
-Political institutions and communication
-Qualitative methods for social scientists OR Social science statistics 1

Optional courses
-Challenges in international politics
-China's international politics
-Chinese politics and society
-Comparative European politics
-Comparative public opinion
-Critical perspectives on human rights
-Crime, media and popular culture
-European Union in international politics and development
-Foreign policy analysis
-Human rights and global politics
-Humanitarian intervention
-Institutions and policies of the European Union
-International relations theory
-International security and global politics
-Internet and civil society
-Media and regime transformation in CEE, Russia and the FSU
-Media, communications and journalism: Criticism and theory
-Media, security and war
-Researching audiences and the media

Career prospects

Our graduates have found opportunities across the globe, for example working with political parties, campaigns, charities, NGOs, civil service, journalism, business, academia, public relations, public affairs, national or local politics, and more. They are working in careers in Scotland, the UK, and beyond. This programme also helps prepare you to go on to PhD work in the field.

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