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MA Media, Communication and Global Development

MA Media, Communication and Global Development

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Media Studies Communication Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course Summary

Are you a journalist or communications professional keen to learn more about contemporary global development issues? Are you a development practitioner or NGO staff needing to update your understanding of the media? Have you ever wondered how today’s NGOs are responding to the digital media revolution? Do you want to enrich your understanding of global development issues and produce informed yet critical news and information?

Are you interested in engaging with some of the most important topics in today’s globalised world while enhancing your analytical and media production skills? We will provide you with a conducive environment to learn about and participate in debates such as:

● What is the role of citizen journalists in mediating development news?

● How can ICTs contribute to development and development communication?

● How can we better understand and communicate the realities of globalisation and sustainable development?

● How can media production practices be critically informed?

● What are the dynamics linking conflict, religion, displacement and human insecurity?

● How does the media represent environmental issues?

Your Future Career

Increasingly, the development sector needs those with a sound understanding of the way the media works and the practical skills to develop and implement communication strategies. Likewise, journalists are required to cover complex global issues with knowledge and empathy.

This course responds to these challenges as it focuses strongly on employability. It is designed to enhance the critical understandings of global development by those already working as journalists and to provide development professionals with the opportunity to enhance their media and communication skills.

The course will enhance your abilities to grow your networks among professionals in your field, moving you towards to a new role that is aligned with your new skill set and interests.

The course will equip you to work in the media, policy institutions, development agencies, NGOs or communication roles in government or international organisations. Those who enjoy and thrive on research may wish pursue a PhD or MPhil.

Different course options

Full time | University of East London | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Final Project - Core
Professional Practice and Research Methods (Mental Wealth) - Core
Investigating Media and Communication Industries - Core
Global Development Now - Core
Global Media, Communication and Development - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have 2.2 Honours in a relevant subject. Applicants without a first degree but with years of professional practice in relevant fields may be considered in special circumstances, but they may have to complete an oral interview or written test.

University information

The University of East London has 140 practical, career-focused postgraduate programmes in the areas of: Arts Creative and tech industries Architecture Engineering and construction Cultural studies Social sciences Law Business Education Psychology Health Bioscience Sports Many of these are accredited by professional bodies. The uni is based across two campuses in East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park...more