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Media Gender and Social Justice MA

Media Gender and Social Justice MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Gender Studies Social Sciences Film / Video / Television Production

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

As hashtag campaigns like #HeForShe indicate, the relationship between social inclusion, access to and participation in public life, and the tools and skills required to address inequalities in our major institutions are tightly tied to media and communication. Increasingly there is a need to not only examine how media represent and contribute to social inequalities, but also actively develop practical media tools for engaging in direct action leading to social change. On the MA in Media, Gender, and Social Justice you will gain a comprehensive view of the theories, concepts, and approaches related to the use of media and communication for addressing inequalities and engaging in social justice work. This course is unique in the UK in that it provides an interdisciplinary, critical, and practical focus in the area of media, gender and social justice. You will study the role of media and communication technology in shaping inequalities on a global level and in a range of specific sites and organisations. You will examine the ways in which media and communication play a key role in framing, representing, and extending inequalities related to gender as well as other identity markers. You will also investigate the conceptual and practical tools media and communication research can provide for making interventions into these inequalities, through grounded case studies as well as engagement with real-world problems, groups, and questions. This course will provide rigorous and critical study of media, gender, and questions and of social justice issues within contemporary society. In the various modules, you will engage with a variety of international institutions, contexts, locales, and issues with an intersectional approach to gender that encompasses race, ethnicity, disability, class, citizenship and migration, language, and sexuality. On completing this course, you will have developed a solid theoretical and methodological grounding in understanding the relationship between media and social inequalities as well as the opportunities for challenging these relations. This postgraduate degree provides an excellent basis for you to progress to a wide range of media and communication roles in an array of organisations and groups in the fields of social action, justice and change. You will also have a firm grounding in social sciences writing and research skills, allowing you to progress to further higher education.


This course will equip you with the theoretical, methodological, and practical skills required to work in charitable, community, NGO, grassroots or non-profit organisations seeking expertise in media and communication strategies for enacting social justice-oriented action. You could go on to work in media management, public relations or communication strategy within groups, organisations or teams focused on enacting change in social institutions, drawing on practical knowledge of legal, policy and corporate bodies. This degree is a good fit for professionals currently working on social justice issues in grassroots, public, private or NGO sectors internationally, or recent graduates aiming to enter social justice fields or corporate social responsibility, or anyone seeking to pursue further higher education in the areas of media studies, gender studies or social justice.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This is a practical based module where you?ll apply media and communication concepts to understand and propose solutions to a social justice related issue, challenge or problem. Between you, your supervisor and an organisation, you?ll decide on a suitable research topic. You?ll be using academic sources to fuel your research, and being able to communicate this to a non-academic audience will be central to this project.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A first or second class degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject area OR be able to demonstrate equivalent professional or vocational skills based on their work experiences.

University information

As a top 25 UK University, Leicester has always been home to the great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking research of their experts, you will tackle the emerging social, economic, political and scientific issues head on and set the agenda where others simply follow. At Leicester, students aren’t...more

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