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This course provides you with a broad understanding of the varied role of media and communication in societies.

The flexibility of this course means you can develop general expertise and/ or specialist knowledge in particular fields, such as film, political communication or the cultural industries more broadly.

Core modules introduce a range of theoretical perspectives and their application in real world contexts. You'll also have the opportunity to choose optional modules. You'll undertake an independent research project, working under the guidance of an individual supervisor.

Course content

You’ll study two core modules that lay the foundations of the programme, exploring theoretical approaches to communication and media. One of these will consider issues such as de-westernising media and communication studies, interpersonal communication, media and power and the concept of the public sphere. You’ll then use these theories to take a critical approach to real-world issues, as well as developing your own perspectives on topics that interest you.

On top of this, you’ll build specialist knowledge through your choice of optional modules. These vary every year, but can include topics such as television narrative, media and globalisation, urban narratives, and media and democratisation. The optional modules allow you to focus on topics that suit your own interests or perhaps reflect your career plans.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll complete the MA over two years, instead of one, taking fewer modules each year.

Course structure

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Communication and Media MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Communication and Media MA Part Time in the course catalogue


Compulsory modules

  • Critical Issues in Media and Communication
  • Media and Communication Theory
  • Dissertation and Research Methods

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Television Narrative
  • Feminism, Identity and Media
  • Understanding the Audience
  • International Film Industries
  • The Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives
  • The Reporting of Politics
  • Popular Music and Society
  • Innovations in Political Communication
  • Communication and Public Opinion
  • Identity and Culture
  • The Cultural History of Promotional Communication
  • Radio Technologies, Industries and Cultures
  • Cultures of Contemporary Photography
  • Cinematics and Photography
  • Integrated Communication
  • Stylistic Aesthetics of Chinese Language in Media and Communication
  • Rhetoric and Public Speaking
  • Managing Business Across Cultures
  • International Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice
  • Writing for Professional Purposes
  • Cultural Policy
  • Critical Debates in Culture and Place
  • Story Workshop
  • Researching Inequality in the Media
  • Reality TV: Truth or Fiction?

Learning and teaching

MA modules will use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, group learning and project work, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Independent study is also crucial to this degree, as an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the subjects introduced in lectures and seminars, and to develop your skills in analysis and research. You should anticipate spending at least 20 hours per week on independent study associated with your modules.


We use various methods to assess your progress, depending on the modules you choose. These could include essays, presentations, project work and reports, case studies and in-course assessment of your contribution to group tasks.

Applying, fees and funding

International qualifications

To see equivalent entry requirements for your country, check our international entry requirement directory.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Communication and Society (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Communication and Society (10 weeks).

How to apply



This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

Documents and information you need

  • Your degree certificate and transcripts, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Your most recent CV
  • If English is not your first language you’ll need to provide evidence of your English language qualifications.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students.


Please see the course page for fees information.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Tuition Fee Scholarships

The School of Media and Communication offers three tuition fee scholarships to UK/EU students, each worth the full tuition fees. We also offer three tuition fee scholarships to international students, each worth half the tuition fees.

To see all our scholarship and funding opportunities, visit the School of Media and Communication scholarships page.

Career opportunities

You'll gain diverse and in-depth subject knowledge from this programme, as well as sophisticated skills in research, analysis, interpretation and oral and written communication. You’ll also develop stronger cultural and critical awareness of the world around you. All of this is very attractive to employers.

Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers that reflect the breadth of the discipline, including communications advisers, public relations practitioners, media executives, and corporate managers. The programme also offers an excellent foundation for PhD study.

Visit the Communication and Media MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!





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