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Course content

About the course

This well-established postgraduate course is taught as an intensive year-long programme and offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of new media and communications practices.

It aims to explore:

How does the media shape culture and society?
What role does the media play in people's lives?
Is the media creating a global culture?
Are audiences now producers?
Do social networking sites influence personal communication?
Are young people disconnected from traditional politics?

The Media and Communications course focuses on the rapid changes in global media and communications and their social and cultural consequences within an international context.

Students have the opportunity to meet professionals working in the broadcast, advertising and marketing industries and we also organise field trips (e.g. to the BBC TV Centre).

The Master’s course combines theoretical and empirical study of the media including issues of media audiences together with the study of developments in information and communication technologies.

The department scored highly in the 2008 RAE exercise with a rating that made it the top department of its size in the UK. We have a long tradition of research in Sociology and Communications and all of our staff are research active.

Aims

The course will meet the needs of advanced students with backgrounds in media, sociology and other relevant disciplines.

The course is also perfectly suited for professionals in the communications/broadcast industry seeking to gain a more sociologically informed understanding of those industries.

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory modules:

Dissertation in Media and Communications
Issues and Controversies in Media and Communications
Qualitative Methods in Social and Cultural Research
Making Web Cultures
The Creative Industries
Media Audiences
Principles of Media Research
Media, Body and Society

Teaching

Taught modules of the MSc Media and Communications are delivered via traditional lecture/seminar format along with other workshops and set activities. Students may be required to keep diaries of media consumption, contribute to online blogs and engage in critical analysis of visual media.

Assessment

Assessment is by a mixture of essays, report writing, blog entries and online group work. Students also complete a 15,000 word dissertation.

Special Features

This postgraduate course is taught by leading academics in Sociology and Communications. Throughout our research we aim to tackle core theoretical questions and also engage with the international community and relevant groups of practitioners in industry, government and the wider public.

Where possible we invite professionals who are working in the media and broadcast industry (advertising and marketing; television documentary and different PR organisations) to come and talk to our MSc students and offer careers advice. We have also organised a field trip to BBC Television Centre in West London. Students are invited to our academic research seminar programme and to attend our social events.

We offer additional bespoke workshops and lectures to enhance students' employability skills, including ‘pitching yourself to employers’.

All students can benefit from our programme of workshops and informal ‘drop in’ sessions on information literacy to enhance academic writing skills.

Visit the Media & Communications - MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

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