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Course content

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

The flexibility of the course means you can prepare to pursue an international career or develop 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 will also have the opportunity to choose optional modules from across the School. You will undertake an independent research project, working under the guidance of an individual supervisor.

Our School has a range of fantastic facilities to support your studies. The 58-seat Phil Taylor Cinema is equipped with Dolby Digital sound and high-definition projection facilities, as well as projectors for 16mm and 35mm film.

You can also work on your own projects in our 44 editing suites, equipped with Avid Media Composer editing software and Adobe Creative Cloud. The fully equipped TV studio also has a large green screen area, lighting and photo-flash facilities. We also have a track and dolly, sliders, Glidecam and various cranes, and you’ll have access to a new photographic dark room.

We also run a loans service where you can borrow a range of HD digital camcorders and various Canon stills cameras to help with your project work.

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.

Throughout the year, you’ll also be preparing for your dissertation through the Dissertation and Research Methods module. Your dissertation is a major independent research project on a topic of your choice, which you submit at the end of the year.

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

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Compulsory modules

  • Critical Issues in Media and Communication 30 credits
  • Media and Communication Theory 30 credits
  • Dissertation and Research Methods 60 credits

Optional modules

Please see the website for a list of the optional modules available

For more information on typical modules, read Communication and Media MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Communication and Media MA Part Time in the course catalogue

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.

Assessment

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.

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 advisors, public relations practitioners, media executives, and corporate managers. The programme also offers an excellent foundation for PhD study.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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

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