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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 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

Application period

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

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

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)

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.

Please note that 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.

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

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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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 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.

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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.

Students applying from the US can find out more about the loans available

Student applying from Canada can find out more about the loans available

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Scholarships

Alumna views

MA Media and Communications Alumni, 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

Teaching

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 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.

Dissertation

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

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.

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 (30 credits)
  • Research Workshop (30 credits)
  • Transnational Media and Communication (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

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)
  • Researching Criminal Justice (30 credits)
  • Victims: Policy and Politics (15 credits)
  • Criminal Minds (15 credits).

NB. Elective modules choices are subject to availability.

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  • 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

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.

Job roles included:

  • Advertising and Marketing Executive
  • Fundraising, Campaigns and Appeal Organiser
  • Journalist
  • Media Planner
  • Public Relations Officer
75% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

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:

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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