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Media and Cultural Studies

Course Description

Core Module

What Will You Study

In this MA you will learn to understand contemporary global media cultures from an unusual combination of perspectives – sociological, anthropological and gender studies. You will explore debates, developments and key approaches in media and cultural studies. These range from the work of classical cultural theorists through to contemporary writing on new media, globalised culture, science and technology studies, and queer theory.

Run by Lancaster’s world-class Sociology Department, the programme will develop your knowledge of the various theoretical and methodological approaches that can be used to analyse power, value, experience, identity and difference in contemporary media and cultural life. You will learn how to use theory and empirical methods to critically analyse the role of electronic, print, digital and visual media in structuring everyday experience. You will also undertake empirical and textual analysis of how gender, sexuality and ‘race’ are constructed in global media cultures and gain an understanding of how media platforms reproduce and challenge power relations.

It is important to note that this degree does not focus on developing vocational skills in journalism, film-making, public relations or marketing. It does, however, teach you skills in critical thinking, independent research and media analysis – skills that are all highly relevant for development and innovation in the cultural and media sectors. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in these sectors, although some have also used the MA as the starting point for an academic career.

Find out more about the research culture, research centres and conferences that make studying in the Sociology Department at Lancaster so stimulating.

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.


• Critical Methods in Media and Cultural Studies
• Critical Debates in Media and Cultural Studies
• Independent Research Dissertation


• Women’s Studies Research Project
• Feminist Media and Cultural Studies
• Debates in Gender Research
• Gender, Sex and Bodies
• Gender and Violence
• Capitalism and Crisis
• Theories and Debates in Environment and Culture
• The Social Life of Science and Technology: Theories and Debates
• Social and Cultural Theory
• Cybercultures
• Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination
• Contemporary Debates in Sociology
• Methods in Science and Technology Studies

Visit the Media and Cultural Studies page on the Lancaster University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Faculty Fees Only Studentships - 2 Awards

A funding application form must be completed and submitted on email to [email protected] by 13th May 2013.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fee waiver


Tuition Fee waiver for Overseas MA students. Applicants applying for funding must hold an offer of a place on an eligable MA programme to start in October 2013. Full-time or part-time applicants are welcome to apply.

Application Procedure

Contact for an applciation form and further details


Faculty Fees Studentship 1+3 - Single Award

Completed funding application forms must be submitted on email to [email protected] by 13th May 2013. As part of this application candidates must submit a 2 page research proposal. Applicants interested in applying for this 1+3 funding are advised to contact potential supervisors for their 2014 PHD research project as soon as possible. Supervisors can offer advice on improving PhD proposals to make them competitive for the funding competition.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fee waiver


Home/EU students who hold an offer of a place on an MA for October 2013, and a PhD for 2014 are invited to apply for this fees-only studentship. Applications from part-time and full-time applicants are welcome.

Application Procedure

For an application form and further details please contact

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant social science.IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent.

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