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Course content

Who is it for?

This course has been developed for those 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.

The methodological approaches and research tools you learn will be applied in your individual research projects and can be professionally applied to working in the field.


The Media & Communications MA will help you:

  • Develop a thorough grounding in the social, economic, political and policy context of media and communications.
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of contemporary issues in media and communications.
  • Gain an advanced understanding of recent developments and current debates in media and communications through a range of modules.
  • Learn the methodological approaches and tools to effectively research in the field.
  • Take an in-depth exploration of an aspect of theory or practice 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

You will learn 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 your 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 organise source material for your coursework, and 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.


You will submit a 2,500-word essay for each 15-credit module and 3,000-word essay for each 30-credit module. You will also submit 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. This provides 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. This provides 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 help you complete assessments. These may be provided in programme handbooks, module specifications, on the virtual learning environment or attached to a specific assessment task.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback will be provided in line with our Assessment and Feedback Policy. In particular, you will normally be provided with feedback within three weeks of the submission deadline or assessment date. This would normally include a provisional grade or mark. For end-of-module examinations or an equivalent significant task (e.g. an end-of-module project), feedback will normally be provided within four weeks. The timescale for feedback on final year projects or dissertations may be longer. Take a look at the full policy  for more information.

Assessment regulations

In order to pass your programme, you should complete successfully or be exempted from the relevant modules and assessments and will therefore acquire the required number of credits.

The pass mark for each module is 50%.


During this course, 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.

As well as taking the core modules, our extensive range of elective modules enable you to specialise in particular areas of interest, such as:

  • Social media.
  • Globalisation.
  • Information society.
  • Identity and representation.
  • Media policy and politics.

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.

Career prospects

Graduates of this MA have entered a wide variety of careers, including:

  • Broadcasting.
  • Press and telecoms networks.
  • NGOs.
  • The development sector and consultancies.
  • Advertising.
  • Marketing.
  • Politics.
  • Journalism.
  • PR.
  • Media management.
  • Regulatory agencies.

Recent graduate positions include:

  • Advertising and Marketing Executive.
  • Fundraising, Campaigns and Appeal Organiser.
  • Journalist.
  • Media Planner.
  • Public Relations Officer.

You will 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!






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