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International Media and Communications Studies MA

International Media and Communications Studies MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Communication Studies Media Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Developing on the basis of significant expertise in the culturally and historically contextualised understanding of media and communications practices, this masters programme will enable you to develop a substantively and methodologically rigorous approach to the challenges of international media communication today.

Typical areas of study include:

  • the history of contemporary media communications
  • new forms of political economy
  • agency in an era of digital media
  • geography and information infrastructures
  • the ethics and politics of communication practices
  • the symbolic and aesthetic forms of contemporary media

Our modules explore the rapidly changing world of contemporary communications practices and the problems such practices raise for the historical legacy of European Enlightenment traditions of thinking about economics, politics, society, and culture.

Key facts

  • This programme brings cutting-edge research from a range of disciplines to explore the broader “world-historical” dynamics of heavily technologised media transformation
  • The department is strongly international and offers excellent opportunities for staff, postgraduate students and undergraduate students to benefit from its wide range of international collaborative arrangements
  • Join a thriving postgraduate teaching and research community, including opportunities to share your work and ideas with students in other related areas of study

Careers support and advice

We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.

You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

Different course options

Full time | University Park Campus | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module explores the role of technology in: shaping processes of symbolic exchange; the material organisation of cultures; the growth of communication 'power' and subjective capacities for action. The module draws together research in media and communication theory, history and philosophy of technology, geography and the sociology of communication, material cultures. It considers debates about the division between technical and cultural understandings of the world, links between technology and experience, critical appraisals of ideas about network and information society, technological determinism, digital infrastructures and theories of socio-technical organisation.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject such as media and/or communication, or another arts, humanities or social science subject with significant elements of media theory, media sociology, political economy, and/or digital communication.