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About the course

Aberystwyth University’s Masters in Politics, Media and Performance is the first course in the UK (and one of the few in the world) to study the interrelationships between international politics, public performance and creative media. Working across disciplines in innovative and invigorating ways, you will examine the means through which film, media and performance do not just reflect but produce particular political realities and how they can be used for political ends.

Why study MA Politics, Media and Performance at Aberystwyth University?

Opportunity to study a highly innovative masters course.

Engage with exciting and intensely political new synergies.

Benefit from the experience and guidance of two of the world’s leading departments in their respective subject areas.

Develop an advanced understanding of the place of media, film and performance in contemporary politics, and vice versa.

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth is the highest rated Arts and Humanities Department in Wales, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 100% of its research internationally recognised in terms of research impact.

The Department of International Politics is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation (QS, 2017) and was the world’s first university department of International Politics.

Benefit from the expansive facilities available in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Television Studies, including four fully equipped studio theatres, three rehearsal rooms, a digital, high-definition television studio, digital video-editing, recording and viewing rooms, 36 digital and HD editing suites, and a new HD digital television studio.

Course structure

During the first two semesters, the course is delivered through a mix of seminars, viewings, workshops and lectures. You will also receive sessions throughout the year helping you to prepare for your masters dissertation and will be able to attend a variety of Departmental academic events, including research seminars, roundtable discussions, and guest lectures. In semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned dissertation/research project supervisor.

Course content

In the first two semesters, students will study 2 core modules followed by a selection of optional modules, together worth a total of 120 credits. In the core modules students will develop an advanced critical awareness of the relationship between politics and aesthetics and performance, media and the political. Optional modules allow students to refine their study in particular areas. In semester three, students will complete either a 15,000 word masters dissertation or practice-based research (involving a production and a 5,000 word written reflection).

Core modules:

Politics, Media, Performance: Transdisciplinary Critical Frameworks
Politics, Media, Performance: Encounter And Event

Optional modules:

Compositional Practices
Dramaturgies Of The Everyday
Engaging Publics
Film And Representation
From Avant Garde To Documentary
International Communications In Asia-pacific: Power, Peoples And Propaganda
Islam And Modernity
Postcolonial Politics
Research Project
The State Through The Ages
Understanding Wales In An Age Of Global Transformation


Depending on the optional modules chosen, students are assessed via a mix of any of the following: written essays, performed essays, group projects, critical evaluations, seminar participation, performed lectures, class presentation and reflection. Successful submission of the dissertation/ Research Project in the final semester leads to the award of an MA.


This MA will empower you to:

• Develop your abilities in structuring and communicating complex ideas efficiently

• Write for and speak to a range of audiences

• Evaluate and organise information

• Work effectively with others

• Develop research and study skills

• Improve your critical thinking and analytical skills

• Improve your practical and creative skills

• Develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of work


As a graduate of this course, you could enter a vast amount of careers in the creative industries, administration, and the public and private sectors. Graduates from our two Departments have gone on to work:

• for S4C and BBC Wales

• for Film Festivals

• as radio and television presenters

• as directors and screenwriters

• as theatre makers and performers

• in the development sector

• in local and national politics

• for the Civil Service

• for NGOs

• with international organisations

• as journalists

• within academia

• as governmental and social researchers

Visit the Politics, Media and Performance - MA page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!





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