This programme combines the latest in media, communications and audience theory, and research methodologies with the production and editorial skills that are required of the modern journalist. You can apply your understanding of the role of the media in society to your own journalistic output.
• MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
• Contact: [email protected]
• You will be taught by members of the Glasgow Media Group, which has an international reputation for pioneering research methods in media and communications.
• The Glasgow Media Group comprises industry-trained programme-makers and the programme includes a practical element related to transferable skills for employability.
• The city of Glasgow is the centre of the media industry in Scotland and is home to the headquarters of BBC Scotland, STV and a range of major press titles including The Herald and The Daily Record. The Media Group has strong connections with local industry.
• Researchers from the Glasgow Media Group have presented their work globally, given expert evidence to Westminster select committees and appear regularly on the BBC and other news outlets.
• You can choose optional courses from areas such as economics, criminology, human rights, sociology, and politics whose research is at the forefront of debates about the role of the media in society.
You will take 4 core and 2 optional courses, followed by a dissertation or research project. Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars.
Practical skills in news-gathering and programme-making will be developed through seminars and workshops which will focus on the delivery of journalistic articles and features across media.
Assessment is based on individual written essays and assignments, as well as the practical group work and individual projects.
• Media, communications and journalism: Criticism and theory
• Methods of social research
• Practical news journalism
• Researching audiences and the media.
• Challenges in international politics
• China's international politics
• Comparative European politic
• Crime, media and popular culture
• The European Union in international politics and development
• The foreign policy of the United States
• Global economy
• Human rights and global politics
• Institutions and policies of the European Union
• International security and global politics
• The internet and civil society
• Media and democracy
• The media and regime transformation in CEE, Russia and the FSU
• Political institutions, crisis and communication
• Public policy and management
• Young people, social inclusion and change.
The programme is aimed at those interested in pursuing careers in the public domain (journalism, public relations, factual TV and radio, government bodies, voluntary organisations, museums) where skills in media and communications are essential. However, a working and critical knowledge of media and communications is increasingly desirable in areas as diverse as health, education and finance.
Note: Some courses might not be available every year.
You should have a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent (e.g. B/3.0 GPA) in sociology, politics, economics, history or related social science subject. Applicants with a 2.2 may be considered if warranted by strong references. Please contact the programme convener to discuss.International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.