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MA by Research in Media, Culture and Communication

Course Description

The MA by Research is an opportunity for students to develop their research skills and to examine a research question in detail over an extended period, which can be a very rewarding experience. The focus of this award is empirically researching and writing a supervised 25,000-word dissertation on an agreed and approved topic in media, cultural and communication studies. Examples from the diverse topics recently examined by students include ‘Xenophilia in Mass Media; a Comparative Study of Mexican and British News Media’; ‘Promoting Hungarian Culture and Constructing Cultural Identity’; ‘Subtitling and Accessibility for the Hearing Impaired in Mainstream Cinema and Television Programmes’ and ‘Television Fandom and Social Media: the Case of Doctor Who Online’. We have expertise in a wide range of methods, including case studies, ethnography, textual analysis, archival analysis, political economy and interviews. For more information, visit our research pages: http://www.southwales.ac.uk/research

What You Will Study

Teaching and learning involves a combination of one-to-one supervision and seminars, with assessment methods that include essays, projects, a dissertation and an oral examination (viva voce). The limited but intensive contact hours during the course will give you maximum flexibility in your study patterns. In addition, you will be allocated two dissertation supervisors who are available to meet with you on a regular basis to provide further support for your studies.

Possible Career Options

Your research, communication and writing skills will be highly developed by the end of this process. Your work can be used to further your career prospects if your dissertation involves the extended study of media and cultural producers, audiences and/or texts in relevant areas.

This Masters provides training that is relevant for further qualitative research at MPhil and PhD level. It also develops high-level qualitative research skills that are relevant to research-based jobs in the creative industries.

Visit the MA by Research in Media, Culture and Communication page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Emma Leslie

"The MA by Research Media, Culture and Communication is an ideal way to keep on learning and expanding on the themes you explored as an undergraduate. It's hard work, but it's also incredibly rewarding. I found that this course was a natural progression from my Media Communications degree.

I am able to combine my love of the written word with my interest in popular culture, trends, and consumer studies."


Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree, or equivalent, in a related discipline is usually required for acceptance. Masters by Research courses are available in any of the research fields, including drama, dance and performing arts, popular music, film studies, sound technology, and art and design.

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