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Media and Communications (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).

City's Media and Communications MA provides you with:

‌•a thorough grounding in the social and political context of communications sociology
‌•advanced understanding of recent developments and current debates in media and communications
‌•the methodological approaches and tools for researching the field.

The Department of Sociology at City offers you an extensive range of module options while on the Media and Communications MA. This enables you to specialise in your particular areas of interest, developing your critical skills and advancing your knowledge. This culminates in undertaking an extended piece of original research.

Visit the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/media-and-communications

Course Content

You can specialise in particular areas of interest (such as social media; globalisation; information society; identity and representation; media policy and politics), choosing from our extensive range of modules.

Course Structure

You will take three 30-credit core modules and either two 15-credit modules or one 30-credit module from the range of elective modules listed below. Should you wish to undertake elective modules not on the list which are offered within the School of Arts & Social Sciences, you should contact the Programme Director who may be able to arrange this for you. You also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce a dissertation over the summer.

Core modules:

‌• Media and Communication Theories
‌• Research Workshop
‌• Dissertation.
‌• Transnational Media and Communication

Elective modules:
Developments in Communication Policy
Democratisation and Networked Communication
Transnational Media and Communication
Communication, Culture and Development
Crime News and Media Justice
Political communication
Global Cultural Industries
Analysing Crime
Researching Criminal Justice
Victims: Policy and Politics
Criminal Minds.

NB. Elective modules choices are subject to availability.

Read the full programme specification - http://www.city.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/274611/PSMECO-MA-Media-and-Communications.pdf

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 and some modules also involve group presentations and small reports. 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.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance - http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support


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

Career Prospects

The course 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.

The course 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.

71% of City's 2011 Sociology graduates were in employment or further study within 6 months of completing their course. Job roles included:

Advertising and Marketing Executive
Fundraising, Campaigns and Appeal Organiser
Media Planner
Public Relations Officer

Further Entry Requirement Information

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

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.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

- IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test)
- INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course,INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

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

(Student Profile)

Caroline Stensli

Why did you choose to study at City University London?

I chose to study at City based on its good reputation and recognition both in the UK and abroad. City University is also ranked one of the top universities within MA Media and Communications.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoy the fact that it challenges me and requires me to think critically. There is seldom any right or wrong in media and communications, interpretations and individual experiences are therefore respected, and valuable in the overall learning process.

What has been your favourite module and why?

With six very different modules, it is difficult to choose one. The core modules have been different, but equally important for my fundamental understanding of the media industry and developments within communications. The elective modules have been more specialised and chosen based on my interests. Overall, the composition of modules makes out a personalised course, which will prepare me for my step towards a career.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

It may seem obvious, but a highlight for me has definitely been realising what and how much I have learned from the course. I am saying this because the terms can seem rather overwhelming in the beginning, and I remember thinking that it would be impossible to write up an essay at the end of the term. However, when the time came I realised how much knowledge I had acquired and how many different ways I could approach the given topics. The ability to analyse and think critically also came more naturally than I had expected.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After graduating in September I hope to start working with public relations, either in London or Oslo. I plan on beginning the application process soon, to optimise my chances of getting a job by the time I graduate.

City has been a great experience for me. Besides having excellent academic credentials, the university has engaged and professional lecturers, who are available for discussion, help and support. The friends I have made have also been vital in making my time here so positive, and I am sure that we will keep in touch even though we come from countries all over the world.

(Student Profile)

Linda Kim Gresseth

Linda has already secured a job as Communications Advisor, five months before finishing her studies at City

Why did you choose to study at City University London?

Because of the close relationship City has with the business world.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

The great support offered by staff and peers. My experience at City has been great, not only the staff, university and its facilities, but also my peers. I have met some truly amazing friends and people at City that have taught me important lessons about life that I am grateful for.

What has been your favourite module and why?

My favourite module throughout this course has been transnational media and communication, because of the way the module was set up. Professor Chalaby offered interesting readings for each week and did a great job on expanding on the reading in classes and in seminars.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

The guest lectures offered by the University, especially one about Brazil's future and how the country has developed.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I plan to work within advertisement or corporate communications.


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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