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Media and Communication MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Media and Communication MA

This course offers a sophisticated insight into the role and function of media in contemporary society. It focuses on the centrality of modern media forms and practices in our daily communication, and examines the ways in which they facilitate and constrain the way we communicate with each other.

Key features

The choice of option modules allows you to tailor the course to your personal interests, and the dissertation gives you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth and gain valuable research skills.

Teaching is research-led by internationally renowned academics and therefore reflects the most recent ideas and innovations in the field.

You will have the chance to attend many research seminars and talks presented by a range of guest speakers, professors and professionals visiting the University.

What you will study

The course offers a variety of core and option modules, with the compulsory core modules providing a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical and empirical approaches to studying media institutions, texts and communication practices. The option modules allow you to specialise in research areas that interest you within this broad field, and enable you to examine various media industries and communication practices within their historical, economic, political and social contexts.

You will explore, among other things, how the question of power - whether political, economic or cultural - is inextricable from the analysis of media, and will focus on the ways in which new media technologies have dramatically altered the dissemination and reception of knowledge. You will also look at the inherent role that mediated communication plays in globalisation - one of the defining characteristics of the contemporary world.


Assessment takes a variety of formats, such as seminar presentation, exams, essays and a dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

From Mass Media to New Media: Theories, Approaches, Applications
Media and Cinema in a Global Context
Media and Communication Dissertation

Option modules

Freedom, Censorship and Subversion
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Cinema
Psychoanalysis and Media
Special Study: Gender, Identity and Lifestyle Magazines
Special Study: Creative Digital Environments
Special Study: Media Rights and Mashups
Film History Theory and Analysis

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Media and Communication MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A second-class degree or above (or equivalent) in a related subject in the humanities or social sciences; and/or comparable professional or research experience. International students must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

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