The MA Communications Studies is a generalist MA addressing the pressing cultural, social, political and economic questions in the field of media and communications today.
The programme offers a multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary communications and media including cultural, political and sociological approaches. It provides students with an opportunity to critically explore communications and the ways in which selected areas of ‘real world’ communications and media operate in global and national contexts. The course is open to students regardless of their first degree background. It will particularly appeal to those working in the communications and media industries and those who wish to develop a deeper and theoretically informed understanding of communications, media, their role in contemporary society, current and likely future developments, and the impact of communications and media systems on citizens, governments and culture.
The MA Communications Studies consists of two core modules:
‘Media and Communications Theory’ addresses a range of theoretical approaches to the role of the mass media in the contemporary world . The module provides a thorough grounding in such key areas as Interpersonal Communication, Representation, Media and Power, Public Sphere, Political economy approaches to the media, De-westernizing Media and Communication Studies and Audiences.
‘Critical Issues in Media and Communications’ takes the theories encountered in the first core module and applies them to topical issues in international communications from a critical perspective.
The core modules help build the common base from which students can explore issues related to communications and media in society through the dissertation and option modules, according to their particular interests and career aspirations.
The Dissertation module includes weekly lectures on academic writing and research methods. Students are required to complete a dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words on a topic of their choice. The research is carried out under the guidance of an individual supervisor.
Students also choose two optional modules from a large range of topics. Current option modules include:
Modern Arab Media International Audio-Visual Communications Discourse Analysis Critical Studies in Visual Communication International Film Industries: East Asian Cinema Democratisation and the Media in Asia Public Diplomacy, Propaganda and Psychological Operations The Media, International Crises and Crisis Management Political Campaigns and Political Public Relations Communication and Public Opinion Journalism: Radical Approaches The Cultural History of Promotional Communications Theoretical Perspectives: Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Cultural Policy: Issues and Evaluation
The normal entry requirement is a very good first degree equivalent to a British BA Honours, Upper Second or higher. This can be in any subject. Candidates whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language is sufficient to meet the demands of their study. In particular, we require one of the following qualifications:1. An IELTS Band Score 6.5 (7.0 preferred) with not less than 6.0 in any skill area or 2. Internet Based TOEFL 92 overall, 21 listening, 21 reading, 23 speaking, 22 writing
Full-time international students 2013-14: £13,100. Full-time home/EU students 2013-14: £5,100
Recipient: University of Leeds
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