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MA in Global Media and Postnational Communication

Course Description

This programme focuses on the dynamic developments in media and communications within Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It examines the growing significance of these regions as the locations of new media players and new cultural genres, of complex audience involvements with mediated communication and as the sites of critical and creative responses to globalization processes. It challenges Eurocentric approaches to the study of media and provides a unique opportunity to study the media and communications environments of the non-Western world.

Students consider the dynamics of globalization and its critiques, the roles and nature of communications technologies and mediated content within these processes, and consequent changes in the nature of political, economic, financial, social and cultural activity. They develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical, methodological and empirical issues involved in the analysis of non-western media and communications within historical and contemporary contexts, and explore media dynamics in global civil society. A particular focus is the role that media have played in both defining and challenging processes of nation-building and providing spaces for the articulation of other forms of identity-formation, including those among minority ethnic, diasporic, exilic and refugee populations.

The programme suits anyone with an interest in non-Western media and communications; journalists who wish to take time out to analyse critically their profession; NGO and development practitioners who wish to better understand the role of media in political and social change; and students who wish to continue on to MPhil/PhD research in Media and Communications.

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/media-studies/ma-global-media-and-postnational-communication/


In choosing their courses, MA students are advised to pay careful attention to the balance of coursework across the two terms. In particular it is important to ensure that each term you have three taught courses. However much you might wish to take a mixture of courses that requires more coursework in one term than the other, it is most unwise to attempt to take four courses in one term and two in the other. Experience has shown that students simply cannot manage the load during the heavy term with the result that they either do very badly, fail or are unable to complete the courses in question. As a result Directors of Studies for the degrees and the Faculty staff will not approve a selection of courses which results in an imbalanced workload. An imbalance of courses between terms is only possible with the written permission of the convenor of the degree .

Compulsory Course:
- Global Media and Postnational Communication: Theoretical and Contemporary Issues
- Course Assessment:
A critical essay of 5,000 words based on reading relevant to issues in global media and postnational communication.
A critical essay based on a short research project (which may include a multimedia component).

Dissertation in Global Media and Postnational Communication
- Dissertation in Media Studies (supervisor to be allocated according to the dissertation topic).


A postgraduate degree in Media from SOAS gives students expertise in media, communications and film production within a global framework. It is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate. Media and Film Studies students develop a portfolio of transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and creative capacities including communication skills, interpersonal skills, team work, flexibility and dedication. Department graduates have gone into a wide range of careers and to complete research degrees.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

Visit the MA in Global Media and Postnational Communication page on the SOAS University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Fiona O’Cleirigh

If you have ever wondered why you are the only person you know who is remotely interested in the Sogdian language, Achaemenid legal codes or Biblical references to the playing of the lute, take heart. SOAS is waiting for you.

Life begins at 40, they say, and for me that turning point took place at SOAS. With experience of both work and raising a family, I was keen to explore the world through study.

I was drawn to the university’s outstanding reputation in my area of interest (the Middle East, particularly Iran) as well as the availability of postgraduate programmes that could complement a career in journalism.

Initial nervousness about returning to college disappeared in the face of shared intellectual pursuits. I soon discovered that the enthusiasm of younger students is contagious – and that older students are among the most vocal!

Studying while bringing up children can be hard, not least financially, and support from family and friends counts for a lot. The SOAS careers and counselling staff are also invaluable. But the academic year goes by all too quickly, and the professional benefits make the difficulties worthwhile.

My chosen focus on media and politics of the Middle East enabled me to get a job in television production with a regional broadcaster, which was fantastic. However, the lasting joy of SOAS lies in having found a place where the obscure becomes the norm.

If you have ever wondered why you are the only person you know who is remotely interested in the Sogdian language, Achaemenid legal codes or Biblical references to the playing of the lute, take heart. SOAS is waiting for you.

(Student Profile)

Zahrah Mamode

I completed my BA in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at Kings College London before attending SOAS to undertake a degree that looked at media from different perspectives and gave a holistic understanding of media and its role in the global economy. SOAS is the ultimate place for intellectual thinking about the world with special attention to cultural and political issues. It has an almost electric atmosphere and provides endless opportunities to discover more about various cultures. I have met people from different corners of the world, each with their own unique professional and personal stories to tell. This has only been made possible by SOAS, which as an academic institution, prides itself on having a culturally diverse student body.

All of the courses I undertook were extremely enjoyable and the class sizes enabled lively and sometimes heated debates and discussions to take place! The teaching staff have an indescribable wealth of knowledge, yet remain approachable and eager to help in any way possible, which is very comforting if you have taken some time out before returning to study. I have found studying at SOAS an unbelievable experience, especially as the library houses a unique collections of both print and electronic resources. There are so many social events to attend and everyone is welcome, regardless of your cultural background. There are many seminars, screenings, conferences and exhibitions. Friendships are formed very easily and can be effortlessly maintained.

SOAS provides a life changing experience, encouraging you to rethink the world and broaden your horizons. The courses are extremely intensive but the student support offered by the university is second to none.

(Student Profile)

Osama Salameh

Currently, Information and Social Media Supervisor, Media and Communication Directorate at The Royal Hashemite Court - Amman, Jordan
Studied MA Global Media and Postnational Communication
The Centre for Media and Film Studies has been a turning point in my academic, professional, and epistemological life. I will never read, watch or receive information or media products as before. My rich and unforgettable experience at CMFS equipped me with the necessary theoretical framework to embark on a journey of informed practice, which promises unimaginable potential to understand communication theories and models, semiotics, film criticism, globalization, post-colonial studies, digital theories, reflexivity, audience-hood and much more. The faculty encouraged students' independent research towards region-focused case studies. The result, on the personal and the group levels, was simply localized knowledge par excellence. CMFS at SOAS, as my experience has shown, provides a gateway for practitioners and theorists to re-enter the ever-evolving world of the media, with a more informed mind and a more confident attitude.


Canon Collins Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field.
The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

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Country/Nationality: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Application Procedure

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SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities - 5 Awards

There are five SOAS Master's scholarships available in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities (Department of Anthropology and Sociology - 1 scholarship, History - 1 scholarship, History of Arts&Archaeology/Music & Media - 2 scholarships, Religions and Philosophies - 1 scholarship). Each scholarship is valued at £16,765 in total. Fees will be deducted from this amount and the remainder will be used toward maintenance. Candidate Assessment
- Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by an Advisory Panel consisting of at least three academic members of the Faculty. - The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your scholarship application. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statements and other relevant information.Scholarship Application Deadline
- Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 24 February 2016.- In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must ALSO submit a complete online application to the degree programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship. Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. You should prepare to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods. - Late or incomplete applications will not be considered

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- Applicants must possess or expect to be awarded a First Class Honours Degree or equivalent. Students with a non-UK degree to be adjudged in the top rank by their referees and transcript.
- This scholarship is open to UK/EU applicants only.
- Applicants must have an offer of admission to pursue one of the eligible full-time masters programmes at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline.
- The scholarship cannot be held along with any other major scholarship or studentship.

Application Procedure

You must apply for this scholarship via this on-line scholarship application form.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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