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  1. Postgraduate
  2. 2020
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MA Media and Communications

Entry Year:
Explore the role of media and communications in society across the globe with this interdisciplinary and innovative MA.

Key information

Start date

September 2020

Academic year dates


Full-time: one year
Part-time: two years


Full-time: £10,400 *

Part-time: £5,200 per year *


Full-time: £16,650 *

Part-time: £8,325 per year *

Application period

From October 2019


Northampton Square

Who is it for?

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:

  • Gain an overview of various specialist subdisciplines, including Big Data, Digital Cultures, Mobile Media, News and Information, and Social Media
  • Develop a thorough grounding in the social, economic, political and policy context of media and communications.
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of contemporary issues in media and communications.
  • Gain an advanced understanding of recent developments and current debates in media and communications through a range of modules.
  • Learn the methodological approaches and tools to effectively research in the field.
  • Take an in-depth exploration of an aspect of theory or practice 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. 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.

INTO City, University of London

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.

Kaplan International College London

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.

International Equivalences

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.

  • China: Bachelor degree (Xueshi) in a suitable subject with an overall grade of 75 – 85% (depending on the standing of the awarding institution)
  • USA: Bachelor degree in a suitable subject with CGPA 3.2
  • India: Bachelor degree in a suitable subject with CGPA 6.5 / overall 65% / 1st Division classification
  • Turkey: Lisans Diplomasi or a Műhendis Diplomasi with a minimum CGPA 3.0 or 65%
  • Italy: Diploma di Laurea in a suitable subject with a minimum score of 104.

English requirements

If your 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 university or from the CNAA.
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City 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.
  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language which satisfies the board of studies concerned.

English language programmes

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.

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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for 2020 are now open:

Apply for MA Media and Communications (Full Time)

Apply for MA Media and Communications (Part Time)

When applications 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 your first-degree subject).
  • A personal statement of up to 500-words on your academic and relevant professional experience to date and how it informs your intention to undertake this course. In addition, you may wish to outline your vision for how the degree will feed into your 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.

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
Tatiana Dias
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
City, University of London
Northampton Square

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During your course

More about fees

* 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).

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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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.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

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.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

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 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. Take a look at 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%.


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:

  • Social media.
  • Globalisation.
  • Information society.
  • Identity and representation.
  • Media policy and politics.

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.


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 & 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.

Elective modules

  • Developments in Communication Policy (15 credits)
  • Democratisation & Networked Communication (30 credits)
  • Communication, Culture & Development (30 credits)
  • Celebrity (15 credits)
  • Ethics & Social Responsibility in the Cultural Industries (15 credits)
  • Digital Cultures (15 credits)
  • Mediating Gender & Sexuality (15 credits)
  • Analysing Crime (30 credits)
  • Criminal Justice Policy & Practice (30 credits)
  • Victims: Policy & Politics (15 credits)
  • Criminal Minds (15 credits)
  • Research Design, Methods & Methodology (15 credits)
  • Rationale & Philosophical Foundations of Social Research (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Inference (15 credits)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Applied Qualitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Survey Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Multivariate Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Statistical Modelling (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.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

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After you graduate

Career prospects

Graduates of this MA have entered a wide variety of careers, including:

  • Broadcasting.
  • Press and telecoms networks.
  • NGOs.
  • The development sector and consultancies.
  • Advertising.
  • Marketing.
  • Politics.
  • Journalism.
  • PR.
  • Media management.
  • Regulatory agencies.

Recent graduate positions include:

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

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.

80% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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