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Media and Communications - MA

Course Description

This course focuses on the role of media and communications in society across the globe.

Who is it for?

This interdisciplinary and innovative course is well suited to individuals who wish to extend, deepen, update and sharpen their knowledge and understand current developments in media and communications. It will also provide you with the confidence to undertake further studies related to your academic practice and support you disseminating this work.


Through studying this course you will develop a thorough grounding in the social, economic, political and policy context of media and communications.

Our programme aims to provide you with a wide range of in-depth knowledge of contemporary issues in media and communications. Through a range of modules you will gain an advanced understanding of recent developments and current debates in media and communications.

You will learn the methodological approaches and tools to effectively research in the field. Using these skills you will explore an aspect of theory or practice in depth through the literature and/or empirical evidence and make recommendations to improve and develop current understanding. The Department of Sociology at City offers you an extensive range of module options from across the broader field of Sociology.

This enables you to specialise in your particular areas of interest whilst studying them from a different perspective: developing your critical skills and advancing your knowledge.

Teaching and learning

The educational aims are achieved through a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes supported by a personal tutorial system. You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the subject. In the course of self-directed hours you are expected to read from the set module bibliography, prepare your class participation, collect and organize source material for your coursework, to plan and write your coursework.

The Department also runs a personal tutorial system which provides support for teaching and learning and any problems can be identified and dealt with early.

During the second term the Department offers a Dissertation Workshop to guide you on your dissertation outline.


Assessment of the programme is via the submission of a 2,500-word essay for each 15-credit module and 3,000 word essay for each 30-credit module, and a dissertation.

Assessment Criteria are descriptions, based on the intended learning outcomes, of the skills, knowledge or attitudes that you need to demonstrate in order to complete an assessment successfully, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be measured. Grade- Related Criteria are descriptions of the level of skills, knowledge or attributes that you need to demonstrate in order achieve a certain grade or mark in an assessment, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be measured and placed within the overall set of marks. Assessment Criteria and Grade-Related Criteria will be made available to you to support you in completing assessments. These may be provided in programme handbooks, module specifications, on the virtual learning environment or attached to a specific assessment task.


As well as taking the core modules, you can specialise in particular areas of interest (such as social media; globalisation; information society; identity and representation; media policy and politics), choosing from our extensive range of modules.

The dissertation module is compulsory and should be undertaken in your own area of interest. It will involve in-depth research of an aspect of theory or practice and make recommendations to further current theories and insight.

You will take three 30-credit core modules and either two 15-credit modules or one 30-credit module from the range of electives listed below.

Core modules
-Media and Communication Theories (30 credits)
-Research Workshop (30 credits)
-Transnational Media and Communication (30 credits)

You must also complete a 60 credit dissertation in order to be awarded the Master's qualification. You are normally required to pass all taught modules before progressing to the dissertation.

Elective modules
-Developments in Communication Policy (15 credits)
-Democratisation and Networked Communication (30 credits)
-Communication, Culture and Development (30 credits)
-Celebrity (15 credits)
-Global Cultural Industries (15 credits)
-Analysing Crime (30 credits)
-Criminal Justice, Policy and Practice (30 credits)
-Victims: Policy and Politics (15 credits)
-Criminal Minds (15 credits)

NB. Elective modules choices are subject to availability.

Career prospects

Graduates have entered a wide variety of careers in broadcasting, press and telecoms networks, NGOs, the development sector and consultancies, advertising, marketing, politics, journalism, PR, media management and regulatory agencies.

Recent Job roles included:
-Advertising and Marketing Executive
-Fundraising, Campaigns and Appeal Organiser
-Media Planner
-Public Relations Officer

Students have access to the expert services of our Careers, Student Development and Outreach Office. They regularly receive information about internship and job opportunities and are invited to participate in media fairs and panel discussions with alumni.

Visit the Media and Communications - MA page on the City, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Caroline Stensli

Why did you choose to study at City University London?

I chose to study at City based on its good reputation and recognition both in the UK and abroad. City University is also ranked one of the top universities within MA Media and Communications.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoy the fact that it challenges me and requires me to think critically. There is seldom any right or wrong in media and communications, interpretations and individual experiences are therefore respected, and valuable in the overall learning process.

What has been your favourite module and why?

With six very different modules, it is difficult to choose one. The core modules have been different, but equally important for my fundamental understanding of the media industry and developments within communications. The elective modules have been more specialised and chosen based on my interests. Overall, the composition of modules makes out a personalised course, which will prepare me for my step towards a career.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

It may seem obvious, but a highlight for me has definitely been realising what and how much I have learned from the course. I am saying this because the terms can seem rather overwhelming in the beginning, and I remember thinking that it would be impossible to write up an essay at the end of the term. However, when the time came I realised how much knowledge I had acquired and how many different ways I could approach the given topics. The ability to analyse and think critically also came more naturally than I had expected.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After graduating in September I hope to start working with public relations, either in London or Oslo. I plan on beginning the application process soon, to optimise my chances of getting a job by the time I graduate.

City has been a great experience for me. Besides having excellent academic credentials, the university has engaged and professional lecturers, who are available for discussion, help and support. The friends I have made have also been vital in making my time here so positive, and I am sure that we will keep in touch even though we come from countries all over the world.

(Student Profile)

Linda Kim Gresseth

Linda has already secured a job as Communications Advisor, five months before finishing her studies at City

Why did you choose to study at City University London?

Because of the close relationship City has with the business world.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

The great support offered by staff and peers. My experience at City has been great, not only the staff, university and its facilities, but also my peers. I have met some truly amazing friends and people at City that have taught me important lessons about life that I am grateful for.

What has been your favourite module and why?

My favourite module throughout this course has been transnational media and communication, because of the way the module was set up. Professor Chalaby offered interesting readings for each week and did a great job on expanding on the reading in classes and in seminars.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

The guest lectures offered by the University, especially one about Brazil's future and how the country has developed.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I plan to work within advertisement or corporate communications.


Entry Requirements

You should have a first or second-class honours degree in any subject but applications are also welcome from those with experience in the media, information or the communication sectors. An equivalent qualification from an overseas institution will be considered.

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