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University of Lincoln, Full Time Masters Degrees in Communication & Media Studies

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This Master’s is designed to focus on the reporting of the arts for those wishing to enter one of the fastest-growing areas of journalism. Read more
This Master’s is designed to focus on the reporting of the arts for those wishing to enter one of the fastest-growing areas of journalism.

As well as the opportunity to learn the essential craft of reporting, you will also have the chance to develop the analytical skills necessary to reflect on developments in the arts. You can learn to appreciate artistic movements, genres and the sociological factors that underpin the culture industries, and to communicate this to an audience.

This programme emphasises reporting and reviewing the creative arts from the niche, such as sculpture, to the more popular, such as cinema and television, to emerging fields like web-based production. It involves a work placement scheme where you have the opportunity to develop the transferable skills necessary for career advancement.

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This degree aims to provide the professional and practical training needed for a career in the exciting world of journalism. It also offers an academically rigorous approach to critical analysis of the subject. Read more
This degree aims to provide the professional and practical training needed for a career in the exciting world of journalism. It also offers an academically rigorous approach to critical analysis of the subject.

You have the opportunity to be taught the art of journalism from a hands-on, multiplatform perspective, with the chance to specialise in the medium of your choice.

You may also have the opportunity to hear from top names in the journalism industry – previous guest speakers include internationally renowned journalist John Pilger, BBC Director of London 2012 Roger Mosey and Head of Channel 4 News Dorothy Byrne.

The School of English & Journalism maintains close working relationships with the BBC and Lincoln’s award-winning newspaper, the Lincolnshire Echo. On campus, there are opportunities to gain experience in community radio, a multiplatform website, student newspapers, television and magazines.

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This Master’s is designed to offer the practical and theoretical training in journalism needed by those with an interest in science and environmental issues to communicate their subject to the public. Read more
This Master’s is designed to offer the practical and theoretical training in journalism needed by those with an interest in science and environmental issues to communicate their subject to the public.

There is demand for science journalists who can report on issues such as health or the environment accurately and succinctly. You will have the opportunity to learn how to take scientific news and turn it into engaging stories, without resorting to sensationalism or technical jargon.

There are opportunities for you to work on community radio, student
newspapers and magazines and to participate in our professional placement scheme. Students have previously worked for BBC Focus magazine, New Scientist and the Vegan Society.

You may also have the opportunity to hear from leading names in the journalism industry. Previous speakers include Channel 4 Science Editor Tom Clarke, naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham and Sense About Science founder Lord Taverne.

Students on this programme are expected to complete an assessed work placement as part of the Research and Professional Placement module.

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This Master's programme, run by former and currently practising sports journalists, is designed to prepare you for an exciting career in sports journalism. Read more
This Master's programme, run by former and currently practising sports journalists, is designed to prepare you for an exciting career in sports journalism.

You will have the chance to develop the skills to report on local and national sports events and you are given the opportunity to broadcast and produce your own sports content on one of our campus-based media platforms.

The programme’s work placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain practical experience designed to help prepare you for a career in this sector. Previously, students have been able to draw on experience with BBC Sport and BBC Radio 5 Live, talkSPORT and ITV.

You also have the opportunity to hear from a number of guest speakers. Recent speakers have included BBC Director of London 2012 Roger Mosey, Controller of 5 Live Jonathan Wall, Editor of FourFourTwo David Hall and ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley.

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This practical and theoretical MA focuses on the study of war reporting, international human rights and the role of journalism in conflict resolution. Read more
This practical and theoretical MA focuses on the study of war reporting, international human rights and the role of journalism in conflict resolution.

This course aims to offer a challenging postgraduate programme of study with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in print and online media, radio and TV. It is designed to provide a professional education in journalism, which allows you the chance to develop the practical and intellectual skills necessary for careers in the media.

The course is designed to appeal to those who are concerned with human rights and issues relating to war and peace, and who are looking for the opportunity to develop the journalistic skills necessary to communicate this to a wider public.

You will have the opportunity to undertake the academic analysis of a range of critical approaches to the study of war and the media, journalism and conflict resolution and journalism and international human rights. Your final project provides the chance to focus on a specific area in the field of journalism, war and international human rights.

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This industry-relevant Master’s is designed to provide media professionals and graduates with an opportunity to advance their in-depth knowledge and technical skills in the latest digital technologies. Read more
This industry-relevant Master’s is designed to provide media professionals and graduates with an opportunity to advance their in-depth knowledge and technical skills in the latest digital technologies.

The MA Digital Media provides an opportunity to explore in detail the potential that online, mobile and emerging media platforms present, and the application of agile methodologies and user-centred approaches to project development.

The Lincoln School of Film & Media is home to an interdisciplinary academic community and this programme is informed by our media research. You will have the chance to learn from academics who are industry and research active.

Our Media and Broadcast Production Centre provides specialist equipment to give you the opportunity to develop and refine your practical skills.

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The Lincoln School of Film and Media offers supervision for advanced-level research in the subject areas of media, film and cultural studies. Read more
The Lincoln School of Film and Media offers supervision for advanced-level research in the subject areas of media, film and cultural studies.

You can join a vibrant research community where regular research seminars provide the opportunity to advance your knowledge and provide the chance to develop valuable transferable skills.

Under the guidance of an academic supervisor, combined with structured research training, you will have the opportunity to produce a dissertation or piece of creative writing. Research students are encouraged to share their expertise and contribute to the organisation of research events, symposia, exhibitions and conferences.

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This programme is designed to offer interdisciplinary encounters with some of the latest developments and trajectories in media and cultural theory. Read more
This programme is designed to offer interdisciplinary encounters with some of the latest developments and trajectories in media and cultural theory.

The programme seeks to provide a thorough grounding in the philosophical foundations of mediation and cultural practice and to investigate key theoretical debates reshaping this expanding and diverse field.

The coherence of the programme is achieved through close connections between core modules and specialised optional modules. You will have the opportunity to explore various aspects of the ecological entanglements of media, reflecting the research interests of the course team. Opportunities will be presented to analyse 21st Century cultural processes and phenomena in a global context and to engage in reflexive, experimental research practice.

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The MA by Research in Journalism is a programme of individual project research aimed at providing an introduction to a variety of research skills and competencies. Read more
The MA by Research in Journalism is a programme of individual project research aimed at providing an introduction to a variety of research skills and competencies.

This Master’s programme gives you the opportunity to develop the ability to manage a complex research project of your choice, while demonstrating initiative and self-reliance in pursuing research goals.

Graduates may go on to further study at doctoral level and may apply for a PhD within the School, which has an established research environment.

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Our MA Journalism (Digital) aims to provide an innovative, forward-looking programme that prepares you for a career working at the forefront of the digital media revolution. Read more
Our MA Journalism (Digital) aims to provide an innovative, forward-looking programme that prepares you for a career working at the forefront of the digital media revolution.

This programme has an emphasis on the technical side of digital journalism, as well as on core writing and production skills. You will have the chance to learn about the work of correspondents and specialist journalists, and the opportunity to develop your own areas of interest, choosing the subjects, style and medium that are of particular interest.

Alongside the opportunity to acquire practical skills, you can undertake an academic analysis across a range of critical and theoretical issues, such as the relationship between digital journalism and human rights.

A two-week work placement is designed to give you the opportunity to experience a professional journalism environment and allows you the chance to connect your academic learning with professional practice. This work placement is an integral, taught and assessed feature of the course.

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The MA Public Relations programme is designed to explore the role of PR counsel in commercial and not-for-profit organisations. There is an emphasis on theory and the ability to critically assess contemporary issues in communications. Read more
The MA Public Relations programme is designed to explore the role of PR counsel in commercial and not-for-profit organisations. There is an emphasis on theory and the ability to critically assess contemporary issues in communications.

This programme recognises the rapid changes taking place in the communications environment, and provides you with the opportunity to develop the skills to work across multimedia and digital platforms. Teaching takes an international focus, in recognition that many corporate bodies and PR agencies operate within a global remit.

You will have the chance to research and critique developments in PR practice with a focus on an ethical approach to storytelling in the post-Leveson era. You have the opportunity to develop the strategic management skills required to be a flexible, reflective public relations practitioner.

There is the opportunity to join our student-run PR company, Cygnet PR.

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This practice-led MA offers the opportunity to advance your practical and theoretical understanding of media production processes in a professional and creative environment. Read more
This practice-led MA offers the opportunity to advance your practical and theoretical understanding of media production processes in a professional and creative environment.

The programme is informed by industry professionals and our academic team who are actively engaged in research, professional practice, film making and publishing. You will have the chance to develop the professional skills required by senior managers and professionals in the media and to cover the ethics, laws and regulatory frameworks that govern and affect the industry.

You will have the opportunity to develop your practical production skills in our Media Broadcast Centre. You will have the chance to tailor your learning to your interests and career aspirations by choosing to focus on the creative production of programmes in fiction, documentary or experimental forms across a wide range of media platforms.

How You Study

This course is designed to provide an educational context through practical workshops in production techniques, lectures and seminars, through which you will have the opportunity to develop an advanced level of creative, conceptual, technical, critical, organisational and research skills, all of which can be appropriate to employment in the media industries. Independent working engages with production projects, research and the completion of academic assignments.

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment is conducted using a range of strategies which include media productions, programme pitches, presentations, case studies and essays.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

International students may require evidence of a media portfolio posted online.

Modules

-Final Project (MA Media, Film and Television Production)
-Human and Inhuman in the 21st Century (Option)
-Media Ecologies 1
-Media Ethics, Law and Regulation
-Media, Film and Television Production 1
-Media, Film and Television Production 2 & Final Project Pitch
-The Art and Craft of Film and Television

Special Features

Research
Media academics conduct internationally recognised research in a variety of topics, including Spielberg studies, film and medievalism, exploitation studies, and film and gender.

Industry Links
Many academic staff are current media practitioners who are engaged with professional bodies, such as the Royal Television Society, the British Society of Cinematographers and the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies, ensuring that course content is informed by the latest industry developments. BAFTA-winning television dramatist Neil McKay and documentary-maker Nick Gray are visiting professors in the School.

Visiting Speakers
Students on this course have the opportunity to hear from visiting guest speakers from many parts of the Film and TV industries. See here for details: http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/fm/abouttheschool/visitingspeakers/

Facilities
Students are based in our award-winning Media and Broadcast Production Centre, a specialist production environment with television and radio studios, video and audio editing suites, digital imaging, design and multimedia suites, a sound dubbing theatre, writers’ room, green screen room, colour finishing facility and photography studio.

Career and Personal Development

This programme aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the high-level technical skills and knowledge required to establish careers in the media, film and television industries in roles including programme making, post-production and project management. Some students may choose to pursue careers in teaching or undertake a research degree at doctoral level.

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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The Lincoln School of Film and Media offers a collaborative environment in which to undertake research at doctoral level, whether by thesis, practice portfolio plus commentary or by publication. Read more
The Lincoln School of Film and Media offers a collaborative environment in which to undertake research at doctoral level, whether by thesis, practice portfolio plus commentary or by publication.

As a researcher in the School, you will have the opportunity to engage in a structured programme of training with the aim of developing the practical and critical skills necessary for your study.

You can work with an experienced supervisory team who can offer support and guidance on your research and/or practice, funding opportunities, attending conferences, exhibitions and screening, and publishing or exhibiting your work in recognised journals and at events.

You can benefit from the School’s research expertise in a variety of media and culture-related topics, including digital culture, media ethics, Latin American cinemas, technological change and media practice.

You will join a vibrant research community where regular research seminars, such as the media research and the 21st Century Research Group seminars, provide the chance for you to advance your understanding and skills.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Specialist areas include:
-Film, media and cultural theory
-Digital cultures and media
-Latin American cinemas
-East Asian cinemas
-Television and history
-The epic and historical film
-Media ethics
-Photography, design and digital media practice
-Screenwriting practice
-Radio, film and TV practice
-Gender and culture in film and media in the context of East Central Europe
-European cinema
-Contemporary popular cinema
-Technological change
-Documentary film and TV

How You Study

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

How You Are Assessed

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

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The Lincoln School of Film and Media offers a collaborative environment in which to undertake research at doctoral level. As a researcher in the School, you can engage in a structured programme of training which provides the opportunity to develop the practical and critical skills necessary for your study. Read more
The Lincoln School of Film and Media offers a collaborative environment in which to undertake research at doctoral level.

As a researcher in the School, you can engage in a structured programme of training which provides the opportunity to develop the practical and critical skills necessary for your study.

You can work with an experienced supervisory team who can offer support and guidance on your research, funding opportunities, attending conferences and publishing your work in recognised journals.

You can benefit from the School’s research expertise in a variety of media and culture-related topics, including digital culture, media ethics, Latin American cinemas, technological change and screenwriting practice.

You will join a vibrant research community where regular research seminars, such as the media research and the 21st Century Research Group seminars, provide the chance to advance your understanding and skills.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Specialist areas include:
-Film, media and cultural theory
-Digital cultures and media
-Latin American cinemas
-Television and history
-The epic and historical film
-Media ethics
-Photography, design and digital media practice
-Screenwriting practice
-Radio, film and TV practice
-Gender and culture in the context of East Central Europe
-European cinema
-Contemporary popular cinema
-Technological change
-Documentary film and TV

How You Study

Students receive regular supervisions from a Director of Studies, supported by second supervisor.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

How You Are Assessed

A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Special Features

Regional and national film, newspaper and digital archives are held at the University for use by research students. The School also hosts research seminars at which students are encouraged to present their original work.

Career and Personal Development

Graduates may progress their careers in roles in the media and creative industries. A postgraduate research degree can be an important foundation for a career in academia or research.

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The School of English and Journalism offers research opportunities at the highest level of academic qualification. a PhD or a PhD by Practice. Read more
The School of English and Journalism offers research opportunities at the highest level of academic qualification: a PhD or a PhD by Practice.

The PhD by Practice programme offers experienced journalists the opportunity to reflect on and critique their professional work in an academic setting. Students are expected to provide a substantial body of work accumulated over their career, and then have the opportunity to produce an associated commentary to form the main body of a portfolio, which is submitted in place of a thesis.

The School has a well-established research environment. PhD students can gain teaching experience and subject specialities include international (French, American, British and Commonwealth and Swedish) comparative, historical and literary perspectives, class and gender, media of diaspora documentary studies and freedom of expression.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Example Research Areas:
-Media of Diaspora
-Literary Journalism
-Ethics and Regulation of Journalism
-International Human Rights and Journalism
-Media History
-Freedom of Expression
-Documentary Studies
-Class and Gender

How You Study

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

How You Are Assessed

A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Career and Personal Development

A doctoral qualification may be regarded as the capstone of academic achievement and may be the starting point for a career in academia or research.

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