This MA offers a broad look at many aspects of the media – sociological, economic, cultural. It invites you to think critically about the global media worlds of the present age, and about your own location in the mediated society in which you live- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-media-communications/
On this Masters you'll be introduced to media and communications theory, and develop and explore interdisiplinary perspectives on the study of contemporary cultural processes.
The coursework is exclusively theoretically based, so you will need some foundation in the (broadly conceived) intellectual arenas of the social sciences or the humanities in order to grasp the dominating aims and objectives of the programme.
The MA benefits from shared teaching across a number of option modules, so you can tailor the programme to your unique areas of interest.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Mirca Madianou or Professor Natalie Fenton.
Modules & Structure
A core module will introduce you to media and communications theory, and will enable you to develop and explore interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of contemporary cultural processes.
You choose three options, at least two of which must be offered by the Department of Media and Communications; you can choose one from those offered by the Departments of Anthropology, English and Comparative Literature, and Sociology, and the Centre for Cultural Studies.
You will also complete a dissertation based on independent research, which is supported by a module in research skills training.
In addition to the required core and option modules, a strong emphasis is placed on student participation in the research culture of the department and College.
The MA is assessed primarily through coursework essays and written projects. Practical modules may require audiovisual elements to be submitted. It will also include a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.
Graduates from this programme go on to work in government departments, broadcasting, online media, PR and advertising, international ngos and non-profits, intergovernmental organizations, the entertainment industry, the arts and cultural sectors.
A considerable number of students from this MA also go on to do PhDs in media and communications, as well as cultural studies and related areas, on route to becoming academics and researchers.
The MA in Media & Communications will help you to develop:
-critical evaluation skills -an understanding of the workings of the media and their broad cultural and social impacts -an understanding of the pleasures of media consumption
We aim for our students to achieve a healthy balance between scholarly work and practical skills; we look to develop all-round thinkers and doers who can, and do, contribute to the cultural and professional life of their communities.