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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Communication Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This highly regarded course offers a rigorous analysis of the political, economic, cultural and sociological factors which shape the practices and outcomes of mass media. It will give you the opportunity to study and research the main ways in which social scientists have analysed the role of the mass media and communication, and how to develop, evaluate and apply research to evaluate those theories.

The MA ensures that you will receive a relevant, well-grounded, high-quality education and skill base, and a clear and comprehensive understanding of communication and the mass media. It is designed both for those who already work in or want to work in the media, and for those who want to go on to pursue further academic research in media and communication. Based on continuous assessment, the course is taught in lectures and seminars by the team from Westminster’s top-rated Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). You will be part of a bustling, multicultural academic department which boasts a strong research culture. You will be able to attend the regular talks by outside speakers (academics and practitioners) on a variety of communication and mass media issues.

Students are encouraged to seek work experience in the industry and opportunities are regularly communicated by members of staff. This has often led to full-time employment once graduating from the course. In addition, the MA course takes advantage of the vibrancy of the media environment in London. For instance, students are encouraged to benefit from events taking place in London, e.g. at Frontline Club. Equally, there are a number of activities within the Department that give plenty of opportunities to students for networking which increases their employability.

Different course options

Full time | Harrow Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

This module will be supplemented by individual supervisions beginning from the second semester. The aim is to give you a guided framework within which you can demonstrate your ability to carry out advanced independent study and write it up in the form of a dissertation. The dissertation is a 15,000-word piece of original research on a topic agreed with your supervisor and related to the political, economic, cultural and/or sociological factors which shape the practices and outcomes of mass media, including media texts and the audience reception of them.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,750

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£15,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students should possess, or be expecting, a good first degree (equivalent to at least an Upper Second or a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00) from a recognised university in a humanities or social sciences discipline and/or have relevant professional experience. Particular consideration will be given to mature applicants.

University information

The University of Westminster provides practical, rounded education so that people from every background can realise their true potential. We foster innovation and creativity, informed by professional practice and inspired by research. Through close links with industry, professional practice and academia in London, overseas and across the world, the University of Westminster creates rewarding connections between research, teaching and...more

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