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Global Media MA

Course Description

About the course

The Global Media MA offers a unique perspective on recent developments in contemporary culture. From the use of social networking in ‘the Arab spring’ to the financial crisis facing the Western hemisphere, the process of globalisation has entered a new era. The decisions taken in boardrooms and government departments have found a counterpoint in the voices raised in public spaces, both physical and digital.

The MA examines this phenomenon, providing students with the intellectual, research and practical skills to make sense of this turn of events, allowing the exercise of an essential critical perspective that is of great use in the spheres of professional and academic life. This course brings together members of De Montfort University’s dedicated Media Discourse Group, current practitioners in the world of digital media, and experts from industry. You will be encouraged to identify your own research strengths and to reinforce the taught elements of the course through the composition of a critical study of global media forms; all dissertation work will be supervised by tutors who have a particular expertise in the designated field.

Please note: This course is now closed for 2016 entry. Please contact us at for information on 2017 entry.

Reasons to study:

• Benefit from excellent academic expertise
Our Media Discourse group and The Centre for Cinema and Television History (CATH) informs teaching on the course allowing students to gain expertise into the subject area. DMU’s research in media was recognised as first in the UK for research output in the • Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

• Gain insight to current issues
academic staff teaching on this course have published outputs on global crisis , protest, gendered identity, technology and film; providing you with insight into past and current issues and how they have evolved

• Gain theoretical and practical skills
Global Media combines both theoretical and practical skills allowing you to develop you critical thinking perspective when faced with real life situations in a number of areas including social and political developments

• Career prospects
graduates will be equipped for a variety of jobs in the public and private sectors including Journalism, public relations, academic research, local authority management, arts administration, broadcast media and publishing

Course Structure


First semester (September to January)

• Global Media Theory
• Global Media Identities
• Global Film and TV Cultures
• Research Methods

Second semester (February to May)

• Globalisation Crisis and Technology
• Global Media Practices

Third semester (June to September)

• Dissertation

Optional modules include:
• Public Relations Theory and Structure
• Issues in Journalism

Teaching and assessment

The teaching programme will involve input from academics based in the Media Discourse Group, media practitioners, and visiting experts from other institutions. Lectures and seminars will be reinforced through practical exercises and presentations.

You will be encouraged to identify your own research strengths and to reinforce the taught elements of the course through the composition of a critical study of global media forms.

You will also undertake independent research projects through negotiation with your tutors, and assessment details will be set out in your course handbook.

Contact and learning hours

In the full-time route you will, in a typical week, devote around 38 hours to the course, of which between 10-14 will be contact hours, and the rest self-directed study.

To find out more

To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx

Applying for a postgraduate course:

Funding for postgraduate students:

Visit the Global Media MA page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2:1 or above UK Bachelor’s Honours degree in a relevant humanities, media or related subject. We encourage and welcome applications from those with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives, and all nonstandard applications will be considered. International Students: If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential.

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