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Media and Communications  MA


City University London is ranked 5th in the UK and 38th in the world for Communications & Media Studies (QS World University Rankings 2016).

City's Media and Communications MA provides you with:

  • a thorough grounding in the social and political context of communications sociology
  • advanced understanding of recent developments and current debates in media and communications
  • the methodological approaches and tools for researching the field.

The Department of Sociology at City offers you an extensive range of module options while on the Media and Communications MA. This enables you to specialise in your particular areas of interest, developing your critical skills and advancing your knowledge. This culminates in undertaking an extended piece of original research.

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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

You can specialise in particular areas of interest (such as social media; globalisation; information society; identity and representation; media policy and politics), choosing from our extensive range of modules.

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 elective modules 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 the Programme Director who may be able to arrange this for you. You also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce a dissertation over the summer.

Core modules:

  • Media and Communication Theories
  • Research Workshop
  • Transnational Media and Communication
  • Dissertation.

Elective modules:

  • Developments in Communication Policy
  • Democratisation and Networked Communication
  • Transnational Media and Communication
  • Communication, Culture and Development
  • Crime News and Media Justice
  • Celebrity
  • Political communication
  • Global Cultural Industries
  • Analysing Crime
  • Researching Criminal Justice
  • Victims: Policy and Politics
  • Criminal Minds.

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 and some modules also involve group presentations and small reports. 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.

Read the full programme specification.


  • 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.

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Career Prospects

The course 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.

The course 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.

86% of City's 2015 Sociology graduates were in employment or further study within 6 months of completing their course. Take a look at the Sociology MA career figures.

Job roles included:

  • Advertising and Marketing Executive
  • Fundraising, Campaigns and Appeal Organiser
  • Journalist
  • Media Planner
  • Public Relations Officer

Application Deadline

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)
  • 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

Still have questions? Read our FAQs for this course.