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This is for you if... you want to gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical and methodological approaches to the rapidly changing field of media and communication research.

Course description

The MA in Mass Communications provides a thorough grounding in the theories, approaches and research necessary for the study of media and communication processes in both the national and global contexts. The course combines an overview of the history and development of communication research with a critical analysis of current theories in the field.

You will analyse key areas in mass communication including media production, organisation and control, news in the local, national and global context, media/new media roles and the political process, communication policy and regulation, and cross-national media and communication systems.

This course will enable you to engage critically with contemporary debates surrounding the social, political and cultural roles of media and communication in modern societies. You will investigate the quantitative and qualitative methods and approaches necessary for analysing all aspects of the communication process, from media organisations, media professionals and production to media content, audiences and cultural consumption.

This postgraduate degree will equip you with the advanced analytical skills and knowledge you need to progress your professional career or to pursue further academic study in the rapidly expanding field of media and communication research.

Careers and employability

This Masters degree will demonstrate to potential employers that you have a high level of knowledge in your particular area, which can set you apart from others in the job market. The course has a strong emphasis on research methods and training, which will have a practical application in the professional world.

Some of the key career destinations include new media organisations, as well as press and broadcast organisations with a new media component, international news agencies, government departments (e.g. publicity, education, health), advertising firms, public relations organisations, and many others.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.


Visit the Mass Communications - MA page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

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