International Communications and Development MA
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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.
You will usually need to have an upper second class Honours degree in a social-sciences related subject, but we also welcome applications from those with substantial experience in human rights organisations, NGOs, social services, journalism/media, information and communication services and other related sectors.
Other Suitable Qualifications
Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students
If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.
- IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 for each subtest
- TOEFL (internet based): 100 - 105
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- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
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- Start Date:
- 23 September 2013
- Full-time - one year (with an additional three months to submit dissertation, if required)
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 policy
- and 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.
Course StructureYou take six taught modules: three compulsory core modules and three electives. You also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce a dissertation over the summer period.
- Democratisation, information and communication
- Approaches to social research
- Communication, culture and development
- Sociology dissertation
Elective modules - choose three from:
- Media information markets
- Developments in communications policy
- Media and communication theories
- Political communications
- International communications and conflict
- Representation and reception
- Transnational media and communication
- Globalisation and the City
- Analysing media discourses
- Media and human rights
- Issues in media and communications research
- Surveillance studies: theories and concepts
- Feminisms and the media: representation, technology and change
- The information society
- Human rights and social theory
- International organisations in global politics
- NGOs, human rights & the United Nations system
- Development and international politics
NB. Elective modules choices are subject to availability.
Read the full programme specification.
Teaching and Assessment
TeachingWe will teach you through a combination of lectures, classes and seminars, taking place in the first and second academic periods (September-April).
AssessmentThe 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.
DissertationThe dissertation of 15,000 words accounts for one-third of the total marks for the MA degree.
Read the full programme specification.
- Full-time EU: £9,000 (2013 entry)
- Full-time Non EU: £12,000 (2013 entry)
82 percent of City's 2009 Sociology graduates were in employment or further study within 6 months of completing their course.
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.
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There is no fixed application deadline. Applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.
To apply for one of our Sociology courses you will need to submit:
- A completed application form (either electronically or by post)
- Two references (at least one should be from an academic referee)
- A certified copy of your undergraduate academic results and degree certificate
- Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject)
Applicants are encouraged to apply online and either upload or email scanned copies of their supporting documents for convenience.
- Apply Online (Full-time)
The application form and reference form can also be downloaded via the following link:
- Download a PDF version of the application form (pdf)
- Download a PDF version of the reference form (pdf)
If you require a hard copy of the application pack (containing an application form and reference forms) then please email your name, address and the name of the programme to the Programme Administrator along with your request.
Return the completed form to:
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
City University London