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Media and Communications (MA)


Course Description

This MA offers a broad look at many aspects of the media – sociological, economic, cultural. It invites you to think critically about the global media worlds of the present age, and about your own location in the mediated society in which you live- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-media-communications/

On this Masters you'll be introduced to media and communications theory, and develop and explore interdisiplinary perspectives on the study of contemporary cultural processes.

The coursework is exclusively theoretically based, so you will need some foundation in the (broadly conceived) intellectual arenas of the social sciences or the humanities in order to grasp the dominating aims and objectives of the programme.

The MA benefits from shared teaching across a number of option modules, so you can tailor the programme to your unique areas of interest.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Mirca Madianou or Professor Natalie Fenton.

Modules & Structure

A core module will introduce you to media and communications theory, and will enable you to develop and explore interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of contemporary cultural processes.

You choose three options, at least two of which must be offered by the Department of Media and Communications; you can choose one from those offered by the Departments of Anthropology, English and Comparative Literature, and Sociology, and the Centre for Cultural Studies.

You will also complete a dissertation based on independent research, which is supported by a module in research skills training.

In addition to the required core and option modules, a strong emphasis is placed on student participation in the research culture of the department and College.

Assessment

The MA is assessed primarily through coursework essays and written projects. Practical modules may require audiovisual elements to be submitted. It will also include a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Graduates from this programme go on to work in government departments, broadcasting, online media, PR and advertising, international ngos and non-profits, intergovernmental organizations, the entertainment industry, the arts and cultural sectors.

A considerable number of students from this MA also go on to do PhDs in media and communications, as well as cultural studies and related areas, on route to becoming academics and researchers.

Skills

The MA in Media & Communications will help you to develop:

-critical evaluation skills
-an understanding of the workings of the media and their broad cultural and social impacts
-an understanding of the pleasures of media consumption

We aim for our students to achieve a healthy balance between scholarly work and practical skills; we look to develop all-round thinkers and doers who can, and do, contribute to the cultural and professional life of their communities.

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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



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(Student Profile)

Jiaojiao Rong

134.gif I like Goldsmiths, because here you can reinvent yourself. The course leaders encourage you to think broadly in different perspectives. The campus is quite multinational, so you can experience different cultures when communicating with different schoolmates. The campus atmosphere is quite arty and funky. You can even experiment on your dressing style every day to test your creative ideas. In a word, this lively environment at Goldsmiths really gives you a feeling that you yourself are unique and you can make a difference to the community, to the nation and even to the world.


(Scholarship)

Banco Santander Scholarships - 7 Awards

In partnership with Banco Santander, Goldsmiths will be awarding seven scholarships to outstanding candidates from within the Santander Universidades network. Each scholarship provides a £5,000 fee waiver and is tenable for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Scholarships will be open to students applying to study a taught masters degree (excludes MRes and Masters by Research) in any discipline starting in September 2016. The countries targeted (although not exclusively, should exceptional candidates apply from other eligible countries*) will be:Mexico
Brazil
Colombia
China
* The Santander Universidades scheme covers institutions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and USA.

Application Procedure

Your scholarship application should be completed online through your myGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created in order to apply for a course at Goldsmiths.As part of the application, you'll be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for.For more information, please see the Banco Santander Scholarships page.

Further Information

http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/scholarships-2016/


(Scholarship)

Goldsmiths Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please note that scholarship schemes and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and the details given here are subject to change at any time. we therefore encourage you to check this information regularly.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

Home and EU students (full-time and part-time).

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information

http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/scholarships-2016/


(Scholarship)

The Goldsmiths' Company Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

Please see website for more details

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Students on taught postgraduate programmes (not including MA Filmmaking or PGCEs) starting October 2015. You must be: a UK student; new to postgraduate study; experiencing financial difficulties. You should also demonstrate academic potential and you must not be in receipt of any Goldsmiths, AHRC or ESRC funding.

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information

http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/scholarships-2016/



Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading, listening and speaking tests, and 7.0 in the written test).

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