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International Communications and Development  MA


City University 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.

Dr Carolina Matos, Lecturer in Media and Communications, talks about the advantages of studying this course at City

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,500
  • Part-time EU: £4,750 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000

Start Date:

September 2016

How to Apply

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.

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.

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 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.

Please click the links below for more information:

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Full-time - one year. Part-time - two years.

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 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 Structure

You will take three 30-credit core modules and either two 15-credit modules or one 30-credit module from the range of electives 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 your Programme Director who may be able to arrange this for you. You will also complete a dissertation.

Core modules:

  • Democratisation and Networked Communication
  • Research Workshop
  • Communication, Culture and Development
  • Dissertation.

Elective modules:

  • Developments in Communication Policy
  • Transnational Media and Communication
  • Crime News and Media Justice
  • Analysing Crime
  • Researching Criminal Justice
  • Victims: Policy and Politics
  • Criminal Minds
  • Celebrity
  • Political Communication
  • Political Islam in Global Politics
  • Global Political Economy - Contemporary Approaches
  • Human Rights and the Transformation of World Politics
  • Evaluation Politics and Advocacy
  • Development and World Politics.

NB. Elective modules choices are subject to availability.

Read the full programme specification.

Still have questions? Read our FAQs for this course.

Teaching and Assessment


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


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.


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


  • Full-time EU: £9,500
  • Part-time EU: £4,750 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


Find out more about British Council scholarships and financial support

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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.

Application Deadline

There is no fixed application deadline. Applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.

Online applications for 2016 entry are now open.

To apply for one of our Sociology courses you will need to submit:

  • A completed application form (either electronically or by post)
  • 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)
  • Personal statement of up to 500-words on applicants’ academic and relevant professional experience to date and how it informs their intentions to undertake this course. In addition, candidates may wish to outline their vision for how the degree will feed into their research or professional career.

Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online and either upload or email scanned copies of their supporting documents for convenience.

The application form can also be downloaded via the following link:

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:

Tatiana Dias
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
City University London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom

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