This diverse programme addresses the cultural, social, political and economic questions in media and communications. Taught by leading researchers in the field, you’ll gain an insight into the complexities of the global media landscape.
If you’re already working in the communications and media industries, or want to deepen your understanding of the role communication plays in society, then this programme offers a multidisciplinary approach to the complex relationships between media and communications, people and organisations in global societies.
Core modules will give you the theoretical background to examine areas such as representation, media and power, the public sphere and audiences. You’ll explore how these principles relate to topical issues. Then you’ll focus on aspects of the subject that interest you, when you choose optional modules on topics such as the international film industry, public relations, communication in development contexts, or political communication.
The degree is also available to study part-time over 24 months. The part-time MA may be of special interest to those who are working in related fields as part of their career development.
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.
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.
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social sciences or humanities subject. Applications based on degrees in other subject areas will be considered on an individual basis by the programme leader. Relevant professional experience will also be considered. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Please contact us for more information.
Recipient: University of Leeds
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