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The Media and Society (Research), MA is a research master’s course, making it ideal preparation for a PhD. It offers a sound grounding in the area of media and society research and focuses on developing critical and independent thinking.

The MA can be taken as a standalone course before undertaking PhD study.

It also forms the initial training component for the four-year (MA plus PhD) ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognises the MA as a research master's award.

The course covers key elements of media analysis skills and explores a range of theoretical approaches in media, communication, cultural and social studies.

On the completion of the course you will:

-Understand the role of media and communication systems in shaping meaning

-Develop knowledge of the range of research practices, methods and paradigms

-Have awareness of a broad range of critical, cultural and societal theory that inform the field of media and social studies


During the MA you will undertake advanced masters’ level training in media and society research. You will complete a combination of specialist media-based modules plus a range of research-focused modules.

After completing your MA, you will acquire all the skills required to move into PhD research.


As a postgraduate research student in media and cultural studies you will benefit from dedicated research suites within the School of Arts and Cultures.


Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

When you make your online application, you will need to insert one of the following course codes in the 'Programme of Study' page:

  • 4156F - Media and Society (Research), MA (full time)
  • 4156P - Media and Society (Research), MA (part time)

ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre application route (MA plus PhD)

You initially only apply for the Media and Society (Research), MA. Upon successful completion of the MA you will then be transferred on to the PhD programme. You will be admitted to the MA independently of a supervisory team and specific research project.

The application deadline is normally mid January. See the ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre website for more information.

Non-ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre application route (MA only)

There is no application closing date for this course, but we suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

See our Programme information in our online Prospectus for full details.

Visit the Media and Society (Research) - MA page on the Newcastle University website for more details!




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