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International Communications and Development (MA)

Course Description

City, University of London is ranked 5th in the UK and 38th in the world for Communications & Media Studies (QS World University Rankings 2016).

Communication is integral to development programmes. At a time when ideas about freedom of expression, democracy, human rights and access to natural and material resources guide development projects across the world, the question about the role of media and communications for social change becomes ever more pertinent.

The International Communications and Development MA provides an interdisciplinary framework to understand and critically assess the role of communications for and in development projects.

Development is taken as a contested concept that translates into courses for advocating democratic forms of participation, policy initiatives and training activities in media and communications sectors in different geographical regions.

City, University of London is now ranked first in the UK as Best Graduate University for Media and Communications Professionals according to LinkedIn rankings.

LinkedIn ranked universities based on how successful recent graduates have been at landing desirable media jobs.

See the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international-communications-and-development

Course Content

The course focuses on the relationship between communication, development and democracy.

Through the range of options available you will also gain a general knowledge of:

‌•media and communication studies within the context of globalisation
‌•t‌he work of international organisations and nongovernmental organisations in development communication
‌•political communication
‌•media representation
‌•media audiences
‌•c‌ommunications policyand trans-national media systems.

The course will appeal to students with a general interest in communication studies and cross-disciplinary interests in development studies, sociology and politics.

For course structure information, please see this link: http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international-communications-and-development#course-detail=1

Teaching and Assessment

- Teaching
We will teach you through a combination of lectures, classes and seminars, taking place in the first and second academic periods (September-April).

- Assessment
The majority of postgraduate sociology modules are assessed by 100% coursework. However, some modules outside of the department may have different assessment methods so please check carefully. You are required to obtain a minimum pass mark of 50% in all assessment components.

- Dissertation
The dissertation of 15,000 words accounts for one-third of the total marks for the MA degree.

Read the full programme specification - http://www.city.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/274610/PSICDV-MA-International-Communications-and-Development.pdf


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance - http://www.city.ac.uk/arts-social-sciences/international-excellence-scholarships


UK/EU students who apply for this course will be eligible for a £1,500 scholarship on a first-come first-served basis. All UK/EU applicants to this course will be automatically considered for this scholarship.

International students can apply for the School of Arts and Social Sciences International Excellence Scholarship for this course - http://www.city.ac.uk/arts-social-sciences/international-excellence-scholarships

UK/EU students who apply for this course will be eligible for the City, University of London Masters Scholarship Scheme - http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support/sources-of-funding/city-university-london-masters-scholarship-scheme


Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates - http://www.city.ac.uk/alumni/recent-graduates/graduate-loyalty-discount

Further Entry Requirement Information

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City, University of London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City, University of London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

Career Prospects

These courses will appeal to you if you wish to achieve a broad study of the subject, either as preparation for a research degree, entry into employment in the wide realms of media and communications, or as a means of furthering your understanding if you are already working in the domain.

These courses can lead to a wide variety of careers in broadcasting, press and telecoms networks, NGOs, the development sector and consultancies, advertising, marketing, politics, journalism, media management and regulatory agencies.

Visit the International Communications and Development (MA) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kawtar Bennouna

Kawtar Bennouna is the Student Representative of the International Communications and Development MA

Why did you choose to study at City University London?

The course offered by City is the perfect match of the two fields I am particularly interested in. And I wanted to enrich my previous undergraduate studies in my home country by studying in London.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoy studying within a truly international environment and receiving exhaustive feedback on my coursework.

What has been your favourite module and why?

My favorite module has been Social media and engagement. It is an innovative course with interesting case studies and projects.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

The high standard and enthusiastic teaching, meeting incredible friends, and living in the most beautiful and cosmopolitan city in the world.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After I graduate, I intend to work and want to apply the theoretical knowledge I learned to real-life situations. I am mainly interested in working in communications and sales.

I have enjoyed being the Student Representative of the International Communications and Development MA and the university has provided me with a truly enriching and stimulating environment. Both the program and the activities I engaged in gave me more confidence. I feel prepared for the professional world.


School of Arts & Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - No. of awards TBC

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to offer a number of scholarships for postgraduate students. The scholarships are worth £2,000 towards tuition fees awarded on the basis of academic merit and applicants' personal statements.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Worth up to £2,000


In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:
- be a self-funded student and not in receipt of any other scholarships;
- be a full or part-time student;

Application Procedure

Applicants who meet our entry requirements will be automatically considered for a non-means tested scholarship as part of the application process.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Students will normally have a first or upper second class honours degree, although applications from students with significant professional experience in a related field of employment or research will be considered.

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