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.
HOW TO APPLY:
When you make your online application, you will need to insert one of the following course codes in the 'Programme of Study' page:
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.
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:
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.
The Education: International Perspectives (Technology in Education) MA allows you to study how the nature of teaching and learning is changing in a highly connected environment.
Learners are increasingly relying on each other and the Internet for their learning and metacognition resources. As an educator you need to understand your role in such an environment and how to use Information, Communication and Educational Technology effectively for achieving your objectives.
On the course you will cover:
-Self-organised learning environments
-Why pedagogy matters
-The impact of technology on education
-The latest innovations in educational technology
This course will be useful for educators. Through developing knowledge of this subject your teaching skills will be strengthened and employability will improve. The course will also be of interest to people with an IT background who are keen on developing or supporting technology enhanced learning.
The course builds on a strong research base in two research centres in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences:
-The Centre for Learning and Teaching
The course also draws on the expertise of a number of highly regarded academics. These include:
-Professor Sugata Mitra
-Professor David Leat
The Education: International Perspectives (Technology in Education) MA is one of a suite of courses. You may also be interested in:
-Education: International Perspectives (Leadership and Management), MA
-Education: International Perspectives (Teaching and Learning), MA
These MAs are flexible in nature and you will have the option to study modules across the three different courses.
The majority of taught modules are offered in the first semester, including some sessions which are run in the early evening and on Saturdays. During the year there is a development to a greater element of self-study and semi-independent research and project work.
You complete the course with a research project focusing on a topic of interest to you.
There is an extended induction programme that provides you with support for advanced study, including assignment writing and information and communications and technology (ICT) training.
You will have the opportunity to carry out a placement as part of your taught modules. Your placement will be in an educational setting such as a local primary or secondary school. This is enjoyable and useful in contextualising your understanding of learning theory.
As a student in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences you'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:
-A well-stocked Education Resource Centre
-Language Analysis Lab
-A phonetics lab
-An audio-video lab
-A recording studio.