This course has been developed for those 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.
The methodological approaches and research tools you learn will be applied in your individual research projects and can be professionally applied to working in the field.
The Media & Communications MA will help you:
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.
You should have a first or second-class honours degree in any subject. However, applications are also welcome from those with experience in the media, information or communication sectors. An equivalent qualification from an overseas university will be considered.
If you do not meet the entry requirements, INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help you prepare for study at City, University of London. You will 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.
City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre-Masters courses at KIC London offer you comprehensive support to help you complete your postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.
If you are applying with an overseas degree, the following is an indication of international equivalents of an upper second class degree from a UK institution. Please note these figures are intended as a guide only and individual applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.
If your first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a postgraduate course of study:
If you do not 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.
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:
For more information see our main Visa page.
Applications for 2020 are now open:
When applications open you will need to submit:
You are encouraged to apply online and either upload or email scanned copies of your supporting documents for convenience.
If you have any enquiries please contact:
Department of Sociology
School of Social Sciences
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
City, University of London
* Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
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.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
You will learn 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 your knowledge of the subject. Outside of class, you are expected to engage in independent study: read from the set module bibliography, prepare your class participation, collect and organise source material for your coursework, and 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.
You will submit two assignments totaling 4,500-5,000 words for every 30 credit modules, which will include an essay with a group presentation or reaction paper. You will submit a 3,000 word essay for 15 credit modules. You will also submit 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. This provides 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. This provides 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 help you complete assessments. These may be provided in programme handbooks, module specifications, on the virtual learning environment or attached to a specific assessment task.
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. Take a look at the full policy for more information.
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%.
During this course, 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.
As well as taking the core modules, our extensive range of elective modules enable you to specialise in particular areas of interest, such as:
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.
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 & 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 Masters qualification. You are normally required to pass all taught modules before progressing to the dissertation.
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.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
Graduates of this MA have entered a wide variety of careers, including:
Recent graduate positions include:
You will 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.