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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/

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.

Visit the Global Media and Transnational Communications (MA) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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