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Media Studies MA by Research

Course Description

A research degree in Media Studies gives you the chance to pursue a project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia (in the private sector, the Civil Service, or education).

The MA by Research in Media Studies will give you the freedom to explore a topic of your own choosing and develop a methodology under the close supervision of two experienced academics but without attending regular classes as required in taught programmes.

You will be supervised closely by two experienced academics in your field. Typically, you will meet them fortnightly in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time.

All research students are required to attend skills and training courses at College and Institutional level. They give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and the annual departmental postgraduate symposium in June and the College of Arts and Humanities conference in October. Advanced research students may have opportunities to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars. You have a budget (currently £200 per year) to attend conferences outside Swansea.

The MA by Research in Media Studies is ideal for those who want:

an MA qualification in niche areas where taught programmes are not offered;
the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD.
Research proposals are invited on any topic for which staff can provide supervision. It is advisable to email a member of academic staff in the appropriate area before applying

We have expertise in a number of areas within Media Studies:

• Film studies, in particular European Cinema and Hollywood;
• Global media and international communication;
• Digital media and social activism;
• Migration and communication;
• Digital media and the history and philosophy of technology;
• Baudrillard and postmodernism;
• McLuhan and the Toronto School.

Visit the Media Studies MA by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students for the Media Studies programme should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent

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