Media and Communications MA
- 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.
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 the media, information services or the communication 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)
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.
You take six taught modules on the Media and Communications MA course: three compulsory modules and three electives. You also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce a dissertation over the summer.
- Media and communication theories
- Issues in media and communication research
- Approaches to social research
- Sociology dissertation
Elective modules. Choose three from:
- Developments in communications policy
- Political communication
- International communications and conflict
- Representation and reception
- Transnational media and communication
- Culture and identity
- Globalisation and the City
- Rights, multiculturalism and citizenship
- Analysing media discourses
- Data analysis using SPSS
- Rationale and philosophical foundation of sociological research
- Qualitative research methods
- Communications, culture and development
- Media, violence and culture
- Surveillance studies: theories and concepts
- Feminisms and the media: representation, technology and change
- The information society
- Survey research methods
- Statistical modelling
- Political sociology
- Current issues in sociology
- Contemporary criminology
- Crime, justice and security
- Global migration
- Crime news
Read the full 2014 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 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.
DissertationThe dissertation of 15,000 words accounts for one-third of the total marks for the MA degree.
Read the full 2014 programme specification.
- Full-time EU: £9,000 (2013 entry)
- Full-time Non EU: £12,000 (2013 entry)
Career ProspectsThe 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.
71% of City's 2011 Sociology graduates were in employment or further study within 6 months of completing their course. Job roles included:
- Advertising and Marketing Executive
- Fundraising, Campaigns and Appeal Organiser
- Media Planner
- Public Relations Officer
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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.
MA Media and CommunicationsTo 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)
The application form and reference form can also be downloaded via the following links:
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 Course Administrator to the along with your request.
Return the completed form to:
Department of Sociology
School of Social Sciences
Contact Hannah Bowyer (Course Administrator)
Phone: +44 (0)20 7040 8908