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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Media Studies at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Media Studies at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

Key Features of MA by Research in Media Studies

A research degree in Media Studies gives you the chance to pursue a project based around your own passions and interests in Media Studies, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (in the private sector, the Civil Service, or education).

The Media Studies research programme will give you the freedom to explore a topic of your own choosing in Media Studies and develop a methodology under the close supervision of two experienced academics but without attending regular classes as required in taught programmes.

As a student enrolled on the MA by Research in Media Studies, you will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet them fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time.

All research students including those of Media Studies are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. Advanced research students may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.

MA by Research in Media Studies degree typically lasts from one year (full-time study) to two years (part-time study).

The MA by Research in Media Studies is ideal for those who want:

- an MA qualification in niche areas where taught programmes are not offered;

- the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD.

Research proposals are invited on any topic in Media Studies for which staff can provide supervision. It is advisable to email a member of academic staff in the appropriate area before applying.

For informal enquiries regarding the MA by Research in Media Studies please contact Professor Julian Preece ().

Research Expertise

We have expertise in a number of areas within Media Studies:

• Film studies, in particular European Cinema and Hollywood;

• Global media and international communication;

• Digital media and social activism;

• Migration and communication;

• Digital media and the history and philosophy of technology;

• Baudrillard and postmodernism;

• McLuhan and the Toronto School.



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Unprecedented change in communications and media content, forms, technology and policy in the last decade has wide-ranging implications for business, politics, public administration and everyday life. Read more
Unprecedented change in communications and media content, forms, technology and policy in the last decade has wide-ranging implications for business, politics, public administration and everyday life. The Master of Communications and Media Studies builds your understanding of changing global contexts of media and communication practices. You will gain a critically informed understanding of key issues affecting the global communications industry focusing on the challenges posed by the emergence of digital media, globalisation and increasing levels of cross-cultural exchange. Industry engagement through guest speakers, internships, and opportunities for site visits in Australia and abroad will enhance your knowledge and professional competency.

As the most established program of its type in Australia, the Master of Communications and Media Studies has built up a long record of success. Ranked No.19 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2014, the program draws strongly on specialist expertise and focuses on fostering industry ready graduates.

The course is particularly relevant to those employed or seeking employment in communications and media industries (for instance, electronic journalism, policy formulation, public relations, or tourism marketing), as well as those who wish to expand their expertise for teaching purposes or further study.

You will be introduced to the latest developments and research in communications and media – including in social and online media – always with a view to "real world" application. Study units feature guest professional speakers in conjunction with industry focussed field trips to media outlets in Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai.

In the Master of Communications and Media Studies course, you will have the opportunity to undertake industry internships in Australia and overseas. For example, students in our program have recently completed internships with the United Nations in New York and with Shandong Television in China.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/communications-and-media-studies-a6003?domestic=true

Course Structure

The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Foundations for advanced communications and media studies, Part B. Core Master's study and Part C. Advanced expertise. All students complete Part B. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or a combination of the two.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]

PART A. Foundations for advanced communications and media studies
These studies will introduce you to communications and media studies at advanced undergraduate or graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.

PART B. Core Master's study
These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of communications and media studies practice and research to further your understanding of communications and media systems both locally and globally. Studies focus on the challenges posed by the emergence of digital media, globalisation and increasing levels of cross-cultural exchange.

PART C. Advanced expertise
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options.

The first option is a program of coursework study where you select the units to suit your own interests. This option includes the opportunity to undertake an internship in the field.

The second option is a 24 point research thesis. Students wishing to use this Masters course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this second option.

Students admitted to the course, who have a recognised honours degree in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences, will receive credit for Part C, however, should they wish to complete a 24 point research project as part of the course they should consult with the course coordinator.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/arts

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/communications-and-media-studies-a6003?domestic=true#making-the-application

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Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Media Studies is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Read more
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Media Studies is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Media Studies stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about our world, this course develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of Media Studies within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications. Media Studies is a truly contemporary subject which is relevant to all our pupils’ lives. Media impacts on our lives through different areas of influence political, cultural and economic, this course aims to produce dynamic, confident, and innovative teachers who are committed to developing life skills of analysing communicating findings and being imaginative and creative accessible for all.

The aim of the course is to prepare trainee teachers for a first appointment as a teacher of Media studies in a secondary school and assess current developments in the subject and their possible effect on teaching in schools. To develop as a teacher, you will be learning about how pupils can engage positively with the media and how they can be helped to a better understanding of themselves and the world through the media. Furthermore, our PGCE Media Studies trainees take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects e.g english, primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

We acknowledge that the trainees themselves are the most valuable resource on the course and we will be giving you the opportunity you to share your specialisms with the other trainees, and you will develop essential components of creativity and imagination such as determination, hard work, observing, thinking, experimenting, investigating, making, evaluation.

At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. PGCE External examiners commented “The work across the Partnership results in excellent relationship building with staff and pupils as well as creative and forward thinking pedagogical ideas.”If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

Modules

-Becoming a teacher: Pedagogy & Philosophies of Learning
-Inclusion in the Secondary Classroom: Appreciating Diversity
-Understanding the Learner: A Personalised Approach to Learning & Assessment
-Teaching Placement

Career Opportunities

The reputation of our trainees, both within and outside of immediate partnership schools in the South West, has resulted in high employability rates, with over 95% of secondary Trainees gaining employment. Ofsted (2104) praised the University’s ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’.

More information

Please note that Level 2 Key Skills in Application of Numbers and Communication or Certificates in Adult Literacy or Numeracy, are not sufficient to meet the entry requirements to a PGCE programme.

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This programme offers you a balance of theory and practice, giving you the opportunity to more fully explore and understand the key concepts of Media Studies at secondary school and at post-16 level- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/secondary-media-studies-english/. Read more

This programme offers you a balance of theory and practice, giving you the opportunity to more fully explore and understand the key concepts of Media Studies at secondary school and at post-16 level- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/secondary-media-studies-english/

This programme offers you a route into teaching a subject that is dynamic and constantly changing. Our experts will teach you, through a diverse and integrated course, everything you need to know about the place of Media Studies within the school curriculum.

You’ll learn through a number of Subject Studies and School Experience modules in the areas of Media Studies (75%) and English teaching at Key Stage 3 (25%). You’ll learn hand-on media skills through a programme of practical media training sessions.

Elements of teaching and assessments will be shared with the highly regarded English and Media Centre.

You’ll gain an understanding of the place of Media Studies within the school curriculum, while exploring the key concepts involved in media studies including:

-Media languages

-Media audiences

-Media institutions

-Media representation

You’ll also develop your practical skills, gaining expertise in teaching pre-production, production and post-production.

With a focus on Key Stage 3, you’ll explore the teaching, learning and assessment of English.

To underpin your Media and English studies, you’ll gain an understanding of pedagogy including:

-assessment and marking

-public examinations

-classroom organisation and management

-inclusion

-planning a rigorous and creative curriculum to meet the requirements of school and examination specifications

-using social media in the classroom

School Direct

It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject.

Additional costs

As well as your PGCE fees, you will be expected to cover your travel costs to your school placements.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Vicky Macleroy.

Department

We have been training teachers since 1904, and have established a reputation for excellence in this field.

Educational Studies

We see education as a window through which to view the world, and as something with the power to define who we are and how we live.

As a department we’re interested in seeing what education can tell us about the social, political and economic forces of our times. And what these forces mean for the everyday lives of individuals and groups.

We place a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and we'll train you to become a reflective and socially conscious teacher.

Teaching placements

We have partnerships with many London schools, offering you the chance to gain teaching practice in socially mixed, multi-ethnic urban classrooms.

Support

We offer a high level of support through a system of school and personal tutoring.

Research

Staff in the department carry out world-leading research – we're ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of this research.**

**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

It delves into areas including culture and identity, gender, multilingualism, and youth cultures, and why we maintain a commitment to social justice and inclusion.

Learning & Teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

• Taught subject sessions

• Taught General Professional Study sessions

• Practical workshops

• Core lectures

• Group tutorials/seminars

• Individual tutorials

• Individual and group presentations

• Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.

How to apply

You apply for this PGCE through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Our institution code is G56 GOLD.

Please take a look at the information on applying, including the specific qualifications or experience you need for this course.

There's no closing date for primary or secondary applications, but we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Funding

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



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Students are provided with a flexible and tailored structured research programme within the Centre for Media Studies, including the development of transferable research skills, specialist knowledge and professional practices. Read more

Overview

Students are provided with a flexible and tailored structured research programme within the Centre for Media Studies, including the development of transferable research skills, specialist knowledge and professional practices. Upon completion of this programme, students will have achieved competence in relevant areas of research, and demonstrated specialist knowledge and skills in their own area of research as well as in knowledge transfer and effective academic communication. This programme will equip them with the professional skills necessary to pursue academic and research careers.

An applicant wishing to undertake a research degree should submit a research proposal in writing, and consult with the Centre on the general suitability of the research topic and on the availability of an appropriate supervisor before submitting an application.

Closing date:
Rolling. Applications are welcomed throughout the year, for registration in September and January of each academic year.

Course Structure

A range of modules, in the form of MA in Radio and Television Production modules, research seminar presentations, conference presentations, language school participation and summer school participation will be offered. Some of these modules may not be available every year, and students will be advised by their supervisor on which modules will be the most appropriate for them, and at what stage of their studies. Appropriate modules offered by other departments/schools within MU will be regarded as Transferable Skills Modules and students will be encouraged to take any such modules that their supervisor deems helpful and appropriate.

MLitt students must take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules (at least 5 in generic/transferable modules and at least 5 in subject specific/advanced specialist modules) from the Structured PhD programme.

Career Options

A research degree in the Centre for Media Studies provides the opportunity for an academic career teaching and researching in Media Studies, Digital Media and associated disciplines. It also provides an excellent platform (depending on precise specialisation) for a career in policy development or within the varied media industries themselves.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/media-studies/our-courses/mlittresearch-6#tabs-apply

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The master's programme in Media Studies at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience to create an ideal launch-pad for a career in literature, film, photography or journalism. Read more

The master's programme in Media Studies at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience to create an ideal launch-pad for a career in literature, film, photography or journalism.

Choose from four interdisciplinary specialisations

The master in Media Studies offers four specialisations. Each specialisation explores a different medium in-depth, including how it interrelates with other media forms. You will also get the opportunity to investigate the roots of this relatively new academic field.

An individual approach to learning

At Leiden University, you will learn from acclaimed scholars with expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Our lecturers are dedicated to ensuring you reach your goals during your studies. At Leiden, you also have world-class resources at your fingertips, from famous collections of original manuscripts and periodicals to one of the Netherland’s oldest photo collections.

Applying ideas in practice

Learning at Leiden University goes well beyond the classroom. The Media Studies programmes provide ample opportunity for you to apply ideas in practice throughout the programme. You will have the opportunity to take part in projects assigned by external organisations (such as Facebook or other media). You may work as an intern at a landmark institution such as New York's International Center of Photography. Or you can network with artists, critics and curators during field trips to famous museums and institutions such as the seventeenth-century Bibliotheca Thysiana and the Antwerp Museum Plantin-Moretus. By the time you graduate, you will have acquired both practical experience and a rich portfolio of work to show prospective employees.

Specialisations



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The Cross-Cultural Communication and Media Studies MA provides theoretical, research and practical training in areas of international and intercultural communication and the media. Read more
The Cross-Cultural Communication and Media Studies MA provides theoretical, research and practical training in areas of international and intercultural communication and the media. It combines theory and practice of journalism, public relations practice, and theoretical analysis of the media.

The Media Studies pathway is a specialism on the Cross-Cultural Communication MA. It is designed for students who wish to combine the study of cross-cultural communication with developing skills and knowledge relevant to various aspects of media.

This specialist pathway is delivered by academic staff in media and cultural studies from the School of Arts and Cultures.

The pathway is suitable if you have some journalism and/or PR knowledge through your undergraduate studies or voluntary work. It is also suitable for journalists or PR professionals wishing to develop academic knowledge and research methods. The pathway draws on our research in media, communication and cultural studies.

You will develop:
-Critical understanding of media, culture and society
-Knowledge to theorise and analyse media, journalism and public relations
-Knowledge of media law and advertising regulations in a transnational context
-An understanding of strengths and weaknesses of different types of data dissemination
-Analytical and critical skills to assess and conduct research in the field of media, journalism and PR
-The ability to deliver and evaluate a PR event in the public, private and voluntary sectors
-Skills to set up a campaign network and deliver PR campaign messages
-Skills to produce effective press releases and script, shoot and edit digital films
-Skills to produce news reports in a range of media forms
-Skills to script, shoot and edit digital films

Delivery

Modules are delivered through a range of means, including:
-Lectures
-Seminars
-Workshops
-Group projects

Each module tends to last one semester. Some optional modules are taught in short, intensive blocks and/or on occasional weekends.

The course consists of three main parts, each comprising 60 credits.

Work experience

You are encouraged to apply your research interests to real world case studies, particularly of international organisations or workplaces with which you have a connection.

For example, your empirical project submitted in research file three can be in connection with voluntary work (for a charity or NGO) or an internship, arranged over the summer towards the end of the course.

As a part time student you can conduct a research project of relevance to your employer and/or industry.

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The Cross-Cultural Communication MA has six specialist pathways:
-Applied Linguistics
-Education
-International Management
-International Marketing
-Media
-International Relations

Facilities

As a student in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences you'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:
-A well-stocked Education Resource Centre
-Language Analysis Lab
-A phonetics lab
-An audio-video lab
-A recording studio

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Train to become an outstanding teacher of secondary Media with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).​. Read more
Train to become an outstanding teacher of secondary Media with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).​

-Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher of Media Studies and English at Secondary level on a course delivered with schools committed to ensuring your success Study over 10 months full time, with 120 days spent on school placement, predominantly within a "Home School"
-Qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education featuring 120 Masters-level credits (ours is one of the few ITT courses to offer this) and -Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - for the same cost and length of study as a PGCE
-Discover why our courses have high completion and employment rates
-Go on to complete your MA in your first year of employment and look forward to excellent career development opportunities
-Benefit from a generous subject specific Bursary, depending on your degree classification
-Enjoy great employment prospects, with high demand for teachers in this subject area​

This is an intensive, full time programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic PGDE award. University-based study includes: a full time block of three weeks at the start of the course; one day per week until January; week-long, full time study blocks between January and June and a number of conference days.
Placements are organised in our Partnership schools in the Greater Merseyside area. For the majority of the training you will gain your teaching experience in a “Home School” with a six week placement in an “alternative” school after Christmas. This innovative model ensures that you feel genuinely part of the staff whilst on school placement and can monitor and gain satisfaction from your impact on your pupils’ progress over time.

You will also be allocated a Teacher Mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your Mentor will be supported by your LJMU Tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements.

Tutorial support is an important part of the LJMU learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your Personal Tutor will support your academic and professional development and will meet with you formally during the year.

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

University-based training takes place at the IM Marsh campus just four miles from the city centre. Here you will find independent study spaces with IT facilities, a library, access to student welfare and support, a gym and other sports facilities plus a café and shop.

The IM Marsh Library houses the main collections linked to this course and is open from 8am until 11pm during term time. You will also have access to the 24 hour, city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries.

The University-element of the programme is based around six core modules focusing on:​

-Professional Practice (a series of school-based investigations of current issues)Developing Reflective Professional Practice (enabling you to effectively evaluate your school-based practice)
-Subject Pedagogy in Geography (in depth support and practical training in your subject specialist area, drawing on the latest research and classroom-based innovation)
-Pedagogy in Practice (focusing on the skills required for effective teaching and learning including medium-term planning and assessment in your subject)
-Learning Teaching and Assessment (developing your skills in school-based action research so that you can identify what works best for your learners)
-Inclusion (ensuring you are fully prepared to meet the diverse needs of your classes)​

Further guidance

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.

​Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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On this course, you develop essential journalistic skills in a multimedia context. At the same time, you explore key theoretical issues and debates about journalism and news production in relation to contemporary media and society. Read more
On this course, you develop essential journalistic skills in a multimedia context. At the same time, you explore key theoretical issues and debates about journalism and news production in relation to contemporary media and society.

You will:
-Master techniques in researching and writing for print and digital media, as well as subediting and print news design
-Contextualise journalistic practice within a theoretical framework of journalism studies
-Understand transitional processes in the news landscape at local, regional and global level
-Understand and be able to analyse current theories and debates surrounding the media and society

How will I study?
You’ll learn through core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term, you work on your dissertation or project.

Assessment is by:
-Term paper
-Practical video/media work
-Portfolios of journalism with critical reflections

The final assessment may take the form of a 15,000-word dissertation or a portfolio of practical and written work.

Scholarships
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Faculty
You will be taught and supervised by faculty from the Department of Media and Film. Elements of our degrees are taught by experienced journalists at Brighton Journalist Works.

Careers
This course equips you with the skills for a career in:
-Newspaper and magazine journalism
-A related media and communication industry
-A research career in journalism and media studies

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Interdisciplinary study at the intersection of media, technology and culture. The program offers opportunities to conduct advanced research across media and disciplines, focusing on media products, practices and reception in a technocultural environment. Read more
Interdisciplinary study at the intersection of media, technology and culture. The program offers opportunities to conduct advanced research across media and disciplines, focusing on media products, practices and reception in a technocultural environment.

Graduates of the MA program will be well prepared to pursue doctoral studies in media studies, communication or other related disciplines, or to enter the workplace in a variety of communications-related industries, in research, consulting, education, and in the communications, policy and regulatory agencies of government.

Visit the website: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=95

Fields of Research

• Media Cultures
• Media Industries
• Media Technologies

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/applying/index.html

Financing your studies

As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. It is crucial that you devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.
For information please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/index.html

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The MA in Digital Media is unique in its combination of practical and theoretical approaches to contemporary media and technology- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-digital-media-technology-cultural-form/. Read more
The MA in Digital Media is unique in its combination of practical and theoretical approaches to contemporary media and technology- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-digital-media-technology-cultural-form/

The established and exciting degree is designed to help you understand digital transformations in media, culture and society and apply this understanding in practice, in the media and creative industries and in further research. You will be equipped with skills that can be applied to current and future developments in digital media, social media, computing and other aspects of technology.

The MA in Digital Media educates aspiring media practitioners and academics as well as early and mid-career professionals who seek to reflect on their roles in a structured and stimulating learning environment designed to give all students up-to-the-minute knowledge of digital media and the skills to apply that knowledge to future developments.

The MA offers two pathways:

-Pathway 1 is a theory programme where you learn about developments in digital media and technology from a wide range of perspectives

-Pathway 2 is a theory and practice programme where you improve your skills, understanding and experience in one of the following areas:

Documentary
Image making
Journalism
Writing

Acclaimed academics and practitioners

Benefit from the experience and expertise of one of the world’s leading media and communications departments. You'll be taught by theorists and practitioners of international standing: Sarah Kember, Joanna Zylinska, Graham Young, Tony Dowmunt, Angela Phillips, Julian Henriques and David Morley.

Work placements and internships

The MA in Digital Media regularly attracts offers of work placements and internships. Recently these have come from Google, The Science Museum and N1creative.com.

Facilities

Our students have access to state-of-the-art facilities including well-equipped lecture and seminar rooms, exhibition spaces, computer facilities and digital media suites.

The department is also currently host to the renowned philosopher of media and technology, Bernard Stiegler and students will have access to his modulein Media Philosophy as well as priority access to the innovative and popular option After New Media. Designed to complement the MA in Digital Media, this course provides a framework for thinking about the current media environment as well as future forms of human and computer interaction.

An established record

The MA in Digital Media has been redefining media theory and practice since 2004. Our students become proficient in:

the history, sociology and philosophy of digital media
the application of critical conceptual skills to specialist areas and future forms of media
multimedia skills in image making (photography, video, animation, graphic art) script writing, journalism and documentary
MA Digital Media students have access the pioneering option ‘After New Media’, a non-assessed online module which explores the themes of self mediation, ethical mediation and intelligent mediation, and develops a framework for thinking about 'life' after new media. As befits a course of this kind we will be combining media, and exploring their pedagogic potential – uniting digital-online technologies with more traditional teaching formats, such as reading groups, seminars and an end of year symposium.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Sarah Kember.

Modules & Structure

The programme consists of:

Two compulsory core modules
Pathway 1 - between two and four option modules (worth 60 credits) OR
Pathway 2 - a two-term practice block (worth 30 credits) and either one or two option modules (worth 30 credits)
The dissertation or the practice/theory project

Assessment

Seen take-home paper; essays; dissertation or practice/theory project and other production work in the area of documentary, image-making, journalism or fiction.

Programme overview

This is an exciting programme which offers a critical, contextual and practical approach to digital media and technology. It problematises approaches to the 'new' media in academic and professional debate, especially those which overemphasise the potential for radical social change led by a homogenised technology itself.

The programme is defined by its resistance to technological determinism and its insistence on the importance of addressing the social and historical contexts within which a range of media technologies are employed. In order to provide a contextual framework and facilitate the conceptualisation of digital media and technologies as fully cultural forms and processes, the programme will draw on a range of disciplines including: media and cultural studies, sociology, anthropology and philosophy. However, the programme will remain focused on key contemporary concerns about the potential role of digital media in society and on refiguring the contours of the 'new' media debate.

The programme offers two pathways. Pathway 1 addresses central theoretical and conceptual concerns relating to digital media. Pathway 2 combines theoretical analysis and practical work, offering students the opportunity to explore new media theories and concepts in practice. Pathway 2 is primarily aimed at students who already have some experience in one of the areas on offer: documentary; digital photography and image making; journalism; writing. It is meant to appeal to media industry professionals who are keen to reflect critically on their practice within a structured learning environment, graduates of practice-based courses but also those who have gained their practical experience in documentary; digital photography and image making; journalism or writing in informal settings.

Programme structure

The first compulsory core course is Digital Media - critical perspectives and this is taught in a small workshop format in the Autumn term. This course functions as a foundation for the second core course and offers students a map of the key debates in digital media. The course is taught in ten two hour workshop sessions and is supported by the provision of one-to-one tutorials.

The second compulsory core course is Technology and Cultural Form - debates, models, dialogues and this develops questions of technology, power, politics and subjectivity which were introduced in the first core course. The first part of this course highlights the key conceptual concerns of a contextualised approach to digital media plus the relevant debates and models formulated by key figures in the field. The second part of this course aims to generate a dialogue between theoreticians and practitioners around some of the most intellectually stimulating, contentious and contemporary ideas in the field without necessarily seeking a resolution. This course is taught in ten two hour workshop sessions during the Spring term and is supported by the weekly provision of one-to-one tutorials.

Students are required to take options from the lists provided by the Media and Communications, Anthropology, Comparative Literature and Sociology Departments as well as the Centre for Cultural Studies. Examples might include: After New Media, Nature and Culture, Cultural Theory, Globalisation, Risk and Control, Embodiment and Experience, Political Communications. Options are taught primarily through lectures and seminars and take place in the Autumn or Spring terms.

Each student's option profile is discussed with the programme convenor in order to ensure that the balance of subject-specific topics is appropriate for the individual concerned. Option courses are taught primarily through lectures, seminars and tutorials and take place in the Autumn or Spring terms.

All students are required to produce either a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic agreed by the student and supervisor or a practice/theory project in the area of documentary, photography and image making, journalism or fiction. The length of the practical element is dependent on the media and the form used and will be agreed in advance with the supervisor. It will, however, be comparable with practical projects undertaken in practice MA programmes in the relevant field. Students undertaking the practice/theory project will also be expected to submit a 3-4000 word analysis of their practice which locates it within the theoretical debates explored in the MA as a whole. This essay may be presented as a separate document or as an integral part of the project depending on the nature of the project and by a agreement with both theory and practice supervisors.

Programme outcomes

The programme's subject specific learning outcomes require students to analyse and contextualise developments in digital media and technology with reference to key debates in the history, sociology, anthropology and philosophy of the media. Students who opt for the practice/theory pathway will also be required to produce material of publishable or broadcast standard and to evaluate the ways in which theoretical and practical insights intersect. All students will develop a wide range of transferable qualities and skills necessary for employment in related or unrelated areas. These are described by the Quality Assurance Agency as: 'the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations, and the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development'.

By the end of the programme students will be able to:

-Map and critically evaluate key debates in the field of new media
-Analyse and contextualise current and future developments in digital media and technology
-Evaluate and articulate key historical, sociological, anthropological and philosophical approaches to the study of digital media and technology
-Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of at least four differing areas of inquiry
-Demonstrate an advanced level of conceptual knowledge and (where relevant) practical skill appropriate for a sustained piece of work in the field
-Prepare and deliver clearly argued and informed work
-Locate, retrieve and present relevant information for a specific project
-Manage a complex array of competing demands and work effectively to a deadline
-Work resourcefully and independently
-Think critically and/or work practically within a given context

Skills

We provide graduates with skills that are cutting edge: in the critical analysis and/or creative production of digital media; in the disciplinary knowledge and conceptual frameworks necessary for current and future forms of media and technology; in the awareness of how digital media and technologies are re-shaping society from the ways we communicate (through social media and web 2.0) to the increasingly ‘smart’ environments in which we live.

Careers

Our programme provides a theory and practice pathway and prepares students for work in the following areas:

-media and creative industries; advertising, marketing and PR (graduates of the MA Digital Media have found work with Virgin Media, Google, the BBC and other leading organisations worldwide)
-research and academia (graduates from this programme have gone on to study for PhD degrees in higher education institutions around the world and also here with us)
-media production and new media art (graduates have exhibited, published and produced work in photography, journalism, TV, documentary, film and multimedia)

Graduate Ekaterina discusses her career:

"I work for a company, called Visual DNA, which already sounds like life happening After New Media. The company is the largest data provider in Europe and is totally multinational. We actually try to analyse human visual DNA, you memories, feelings, thoughts about the future, anticipations, etc by creating personality quizzes where instead of verbal answers we tend to use images.

My role is as Creative Developer. It involves working with images from concept to finding/shooting and post-production. My qualifications perfectly matched what they’ve been looking for, Digital Media rocks!

My tip for the new-to-be-graduates is this: physically go to places and companies and talk to people. It really opens up loads of possibilities, and when I tell someone where I’ve graduated from they look impressed, and there is some sort of respect coming from them."

Funding

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

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Theoretical Journalism Studies courses encourage students to reflect on the nature of journalism as a profession and stimulate critical thinking about the future of news reporting. You will study how journalism culture and developments in globalization, citizenship, politics and digitalization interrelate, while learning how to apply appropriate research methods and theories.

The English-taught master's programme in Journalism takes a year and a half and has a study load of 90 ECTS. In the first two semesters the student will take academic courses and practice journalism skills. During the third and last semester students work on their master's thesis. They also take a second research seminar or do an internship with a news organization.

Job perspectives

After graduation you can pursue a career in journalism. You can work as a reporter or an editor in a newsroom, using different kinds of media, such as print, radio, television and internet. In addition, you can become a researcher at a university or a private research institute. Positions in public relations or communication are also possibilities.

Over 60 percent of alumni work in journalism, on a freelance or contract basis. Another 20 percent has media related work, like pr/communications officer or copywriter. About 8 percent works as policy advisor. A small number of alumni continues studying for a second master's degree and/or PhD.The master scored a 8.22 out of 10 in the Higher Education Monitor 2013 for 'preparation for the job market'.

Job examples

- Reporter
- Editor
- Academic researcher
- Policy advisor
- Journalist
- PR professional

Journalism Studies and research

Our Journalism Studies staff implements diverse research projects in the field of Journalism Studies, sometimes colllaborating with universities such as Sheffield and Cardiff.During the master's programme you will learn about the staff's projects for example during the research seminars. You will acquire knowledge of theories and methodologies and learn to apply this in your own research projects, for example with your master's thesis.

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Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master's course.

You'll be expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.

Your main supervisor will normally head a supervisory team which will comprising up to three members. The research supervisor will advise and support you on your project.

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School-led teacher education is provided by experienced mentors and professional tutors, and is supported by University tutors throughout the year.

How will I study?

All teachers are prepared to meet a set of national professional standards, recognised by the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In preparation for QTS, teachers prepare a portfolio of evidence of achievement, charting progress over the academic year. It includes evidence of lesson observations, engagement with professional development, and self-designed teaching and learning materials.

The main elements of the PGCE course are:
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-Curriculum Studies
-Professional Practice

At all stages, assessment is shared between school-based professionals and University tutors.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

PGCE First-Generation Scholars Award (2017)
-£600 maintenance award to PGCE students with a household income below £42,875

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

On graduation, you’ll have the skills and expertise to successfully start as a new teacher. We offer a support package to newly qualified teachers during their first year of teaching.

In addition, successful candidates can transfer up to 90 Masters-level credits on to the MA in Education.

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