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International Communications and Development

MA |
This course looks at international development through a communications lens and the role media play in development and policy making.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

Full-time: one year
Part-time: two years

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,500

Part-time: £4,750 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,000

Who is it for?

This course is for students looking for an opportunity to explore the impact of media and communications on international policy and within sociological context.

The course will appeal to students with a general interest in communication studies and cross-disciplinary interests in development studies, sociology and politics.

Objectives

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.

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.

The International Communications and Development MA provides you with an interdisciplinary framework for understanding and critically assessing the role of communications for and in development projects.

It also gives you a broad interdisciplinary overview of developments in broadcasting, telecommunications, the press and information technology drawing on economics, political science, international relations, development theory, sociology and law.

On the course you will develop an ability to participate in policy making and evaluation in the context of changing national and global economic and political relations.

The Department of Sociology at City offers you an extensive range of module options. This enables you to specialise in your particular areas of interest, developing your critical skills and advancing your knowledge, culminating with you undertaking an extended piece of original research.

Requirements and 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

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences and the Arts.

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

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO's English for University Study programme.

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

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:

SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

Department of Sociology
School of Social Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Still have questions? Read our FAQs for this course.

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Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

British Council: Chevening awards. Usually for non-UK/EU students. See the Chevening website for further information and guidance. Deadline November 2016.

See the British Council scholarships and financial support.

See the International directory of scholarships.

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Teaching and learning

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. 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.

Modules

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.

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 SGM311 (30 credits)
    This module introduces you to the relationship between information and communication trends and the processes of democratisation. While there will be due attention paid to advanced technologies (notably the internet and social media), the emphasis is on broad information and communication issues and their relationship to democratisation
  • Research Workshop SGM302 (30 dredits)
    The module will introduce you to the main research methods used in the social sciences, and will provide you with the skills to formulate, design and carry out a small piece of research for your dissertation.
  • Communication, Culture and Development SGM312 (30 credits)
    This module provides a focus on development issues and communication studies. It provides a solid theoretical framework on the role of communication for and in development. It also introduces you to specific themes and case studies to assess development programmes in different countries.

You must also complete a 60 credit dissertation in order to be awarded the Master's qualification. You are normally required to pass all taught modules before progressing to the dissertation.

Elective modules

  • Developments in Communication Policy SGM309 (15 credits)
  • Transnational Media and Communication SGM308 (15 credits)
  • Celebrity SGM314 (15 credits)
  • Development and World Politics IPM104 (15 credits)
  • Religion in Global Politics (IPM119) (15 credits)
  • Human Rights and the Transformation of World Politics IPM118 (30 credits)
  • Global Political Economy - Contemporary Approaches IPM116 (30 credits)
  • Evaluation Politics and Advocacy SGM309 (15 credits)
  • Analysing Crime SGM301 (30 credits)
  • Criminal Justice Policy and Practice (SGM303) (30 credits)
  • Victims: Policy and Politics SGM305 (15 credits)
  • Criminal Minds SGM304 (15 credits)

NB. Elective modules choices are subject to availability.

Still have questions? Read our FAQs for this course.

Career prospects

Graduates have entered a wide variety of careers in the civil service, broadcasting, press and telecoms networks, NGOs, the development sector and consultancies, advertising, marketing, politics, journalism, PR, media management and regulatory agencies. Recent graduate positions include; Fundraising and Communications Officer at Alone in London, Communications Specialist at Government Division of Health and Social Services and Civil Servant at Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Jessica Perrin who recently graduated with an MA in International Communications and Development is now Head of NGOs at Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Students have access to the expert services of our Careers, Student Development and Outreach Office. They regularly receive information about internship and job opportunities and are invited to participate in media fairs and panel discussions with alumni.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


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:

SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

Department of Sociology
School of Social Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Still have questions? Read our FAQs for this course.

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