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Media and Communications

MA |
This course focuses on the role of media and communications in society across the globe.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

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 interdisciplinary and innovative course is well suited to individuals who wish to extend, deepen, update and sharpen their knowledge and understand current developments in media and communications. It will also provide you with the confidence to undertake further studies related to your academic practice and support you disseminating this work.

Objectives

Through studying this course you will develop a thorough grounding in the social, economic, political and policy context of media and communications.

Our programme aims to provide you with a wide range of in-depth knowledge of contemporary issues in media and communications. Through a range of modules you will gain an advanced understanding of recent developments and current debates in media and communications.

You will learn the methodological approaches and tools to effectively research in the field. Using these skills you will explore an aspect of theory or practice in depth through the literature and/or empirical evidence and make recommendations to improve and develop current understanding.

The Department of Sociology at City offers you an extensive range of module options from across the broader field of Sociology.

This enables you to specialise in your particular areas of interest whilst studying them from a different perspective: developing your critical skills and advancing your knowledge.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

You should have a first or second-class honours degree in any subject but applications are also welcome from those with experience in the media, information or the communication sectors. An equivalent qualification from an overseas institution will be considered.

INTO City, University of London

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

For those of you whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a postgraduate course of study:

  • A first degree from a UK institution or from the CNAA.
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by the Institution as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia or the USA.
  • GCE O-level/GCSE English language or English literature, grade C minimum.
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) at grade C or above.
  • An English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7 in writing and a minimum of 6.5 for each of the other subtests.
  • Satisfactory standard in the verbal section of the Princeton Test (GMAT).
  • US SAT with 500 in verbal performance.
  • Warwick English Language Test (WELT) with pass grades of BBC minimum.
  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language which satisfies the board of studies concerned.

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

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.

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

Applications for 2017 are now open.

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.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

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

5th
City, University of London is ranked 5th in the UK and 38th in the world for Communications and Media Studies.
75%
of graduates responding to the 14/15 DLHE survey were in employment or further study 6 months after graduation.
2nd
The Sociology Department is the 2nd strongest in London for research.

Funding

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

More about funding

See the British Council scholarships and financial support.

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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.

Alumna views

MA Media and Communications Alumna, Sarah Walke talks about her interest in Media and Communications and how her work experience lead her to choose to study a master’s degree at City University London. She has gone on to work as an Account Manager at Text100, a PR and Media agency.

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Teaching and learning

The educational aims are achieved through a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes supported by a personal tutorial system. You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the subject. In the course of self-directed hours you are expected to read from the set module bibliography, prepare your class participation, collect and organize source material for your coursework, to plan and write your coursework.

The Department also runs a personal tutorial system which provides support for teaching and learning and any problems can be identified and dealt with early.

During the second term the Department offers a Dissertation Workshop to guide you on your dissertation outline.

Assessment

Assessment of the programme is via the submission of a 2,500-word essay for each 15-credit module and 3,000 word essay for each 30-credit module, and a dissertation.

Assessment Criteria are descriptions, based on the intended learning outcomes, of the skills, knowledge or attitudes that you need to demonstrate in order to complete an assessment successfully, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be measured. Grade- Related Criteria are descriptions of the level of skills, knowledge or attributes that you need to demonstrate in order achieve a certain grade or mark in an assessment, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be measured and placed within the overall set of marks. Assessment Criteria and Grade-Related Criteria will be made available to you to support you in completing assessments. These may be provided in programme handbooks, module specifications, on the virtual learning environment or attached to a specific assessment task.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback will be provided in line with our Assessment and Feedback Policy.  In particular, you will normally be provided with feedback within three weeks of the submission deadline or assessment date. This would normally include a provisional grade or mark. For end of module examinations or an equivalent significant task (e.g. an end of module project), feedback will normally be provided within four weeks.  The timescale for feedback on final year projects or dissertations may be longer. Please read the full policy for more information.

Assessment Regulations

In order to pass your Programme, you should complete successfully or be exempted from the relevant modules and assessments and will therefore acquire the required number of credits.

The Pass mark for each module is 50%.

Modules

As well as taking the core modules, 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.

The dissertation module is compulsory and should be undertaken in your own area of interest. It will involve in-depth research of an aspect of theory or practice and make recommendations to further current theories and insight.

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.

Core modules

  • Media and Communication Theories (30 credits)
    The module provides you with an overview of the theoretical approaches and concepts related to mass communications.
  • Research Workshop (30 credits)
    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.
  • Transnational Media and Communication (30 credits)
    This module is intended to provide knowledge of transnational media, cultures and practices, along with an understanding of the impact of globalisation on media and communication.

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 (15 credits)
  • Democratisation and Networked Communication (30 credits)
  • Communication, Culture and Development (30 credits)
  • Celebrity (15 credits)
  • Global Cultural Industries (15 credits)
  • Analysing Crime (30 credits)
  • Criminal Justice, Policy and Practice (30 credits)
  • Victims: Policy and Politics (15 credits)
  • Criminal Minds (15 credits)

NB. Elective modules choices are subject to availability.

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

  • Communications Advisor
    My experience at City has been great, not only the staff, university and its facilities, but also my peers.
  • Student
    There is seldom any right or wrong in media and communications, interpretations and individual experiences are therefore respected, and valuable in the overall learning process
  • Student
    City, University of London gave me the chance to take new courses and exposed me to a different teaching style.

Career prospects

Graduates have entered a wide variety of careers in broadcasting, press and telecoms networks, NGOs, the development sector and consultancies, advertising, marketing, politics, journalism, PR, media management and regulatory agencies.

Recent Job roles included:

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

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.

75% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


Applications for 2017 are now open.

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.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

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

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