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MA Media, Communication & Culture

Course Overview

This programme responds to an increasing demand from home and overseas students for programmes in interdisciplinary study of the media in an age in which the media and cultural industries provide an area of substantial growth in career opportunities. The programme thus provides an opportunity for graduates of different disciplines to develop a number of skills, including research skills and practical skills in relation to new media technologies, which are in great demand from employers. In formulating this new and innovative programme, the team has drawn on its extensive interdisciplinary expertise to establish an innovative and unique programme of study.

The skills offered by media, communication and cultural studies graduates are highly desirable. The aim of this MA programme is to develop the skills and independent critical thinking required for the knowledge worker of the future and for candidates interested in working in both the established and the newly emergent media and cultural industries. The MA also prepares students for advanced independent academic research such as doctoral research. Communication skills, the ability to access and utilise information of all kinds, a systematic understanding of the media culture, cultural sensitivity and political awareness are essential for a successful future in an increasingly complex, connected and multicultural world.

Key information

    Course location

    Roehampton Lane campus, London

    Course name

    MA Media, Communication & Culture

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded

    MA

    Awarding body

    University of Roehampton

    Professional recognition

    No

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom

    Duration

    12 months

    Tuition fees

    £13,000

    Intakes

    September

    Work placement

    No

Academic entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a first or upper second-class degree (or equivalent) from an approved university or college in the UK, or a recognised degree from abroad in a related subject in the Arts, Humanities or Social or Sport Sciences. Non-graduates with appropriate professional experience or other qualifications such as a second-class degree may be accepted on an individual basis after consideration by the Programme Convener.

Interest in media and communication in the wider socio-political context and in different cultural forms, OR professional experience in cultural and media industries (either production or management) is essential.

English entry requirements

Graduates for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.

Students who fail to meet this standard at the point of application are recommended to attend a pre-sessional English course at the University, where such programmes also include modules related to the programme content on the Media, Communication and Culture programme.

Assessment methods

Combination of examination, coursework and a supervised independent research project.

The programme adopts a broad range of learning and teaching strategies to ensure students

Progression route

Further academic study of DBA, PhD or other research degree or Professional career.

Career opportunities

The MA helps students prepare for successful careers in communications and the cultural industries including film, journalism and publishing. Students may opt to do media research or further academic study.

Modules

Compulsory

  • The Politics of Identity
  • Communication and Culture: Theories and Approaches 
  • Research Methods: Communication and Culture


Optional

  • Identity, Travel and Culture
  • Global Media and Communications
  • Media, Culture and the Inner World
  • The Media and the Social Self
  • Media and Memory


Compulsory

  • Dissertation by Research or Practice

 

Reasons for choosing this course

This programme aims to: 

  • develop comprehensive understanding of the role of the media in everyday life, and of its relation to culture and formations of identity and subjectivity
     
  • strengthen critical awareness of the relationship between cultural and media and communication studies as cognate, interrelated academic disciplines and of the recent debates regarding their evolution
     
  • provide students with an ability to critically analyse media and cultural processes and practices in their contemporary and historical contexts and to enable students to contextualise notions of identity in relation to such processes
     
  • explore and critically evaluate some of the cultural and political implications of media and cultural studies and to raise questions regarding current media practices and their impact on notions of society and the individual
     
  • enhance students' ability to develop a complex, critical academic argument, drawing on the interdisciplinary cultural studies and media studies methodology and to enhance their understanding of the increasingly important notions of media convergence and the relationship between media theory and media practice, and to develop these points of understanding with a degree of originality
     
  • develop and strengthen a number of transferable skills, including communication skills (oral presentation and writing), specific research skills, computing and IT skills (word-processing; use of the Internet and other electronic databases as research resources; new media and web2.0 models of production including podcasts and user-generated content), and to create opportunities for both independent learning and learning in groups
     
  • encourage students to strengthen their new media and IT skills through peer interaction and to enable this through the provision of opportunities to work in groups
     

Additional aims for the MA programme are as follows:

  • to enable students to identify and formulate advanced research questions related to more extensive and independent research projects and to translate those questions into clear research objectives
     
  • to enable students to gain research skills through the completion of a dissertation of an extended length in an area of the student's interest and staff expertise, sustaining a coherent argument and critical analysis throughout or by harnessing students' practical skills to assist in the formulation of a research-based variable format project in which critical perspectives are brought to bear through the domain of practice and critical commentary thereon
     
  • to develop the understanding and skills necessary to progress to further study at MPhil or PhD level

 

Main learning outcomes

Students who graduate with the MA/PGD in in Media, Communication and Culture will:

  • have systematised their knowledge and critical understanding of advanced theoretical developments in the cognate disciplines of cultural and media and communication studies, and their understanding of the interconnections between them and their increasing significance in formulating critical understandings of contemporary notions of identity
     
  • have gained a thorough understanding of the significance of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of media and culture, and an ability to evaluate them critically through sustained development of complex and critical argument and analysis
     
  • have developed a critical understanding of the political aspects of cultural processes, practices and institutions, and an ability to use the interdisciplinary cultural studies methodology to analyse them
     
  • have gained a comprehensive understanding of an expanded definition, and critique, of the idea of 'subjectivity' in contemporary Western societies
     
  • have become critical readers of the media as one of the most important areas in contemporary Western societies where democratic mechanisms and processes are being developed, tested and contested; and where collective and individual identities are being shaped
     
  • have become well-versed in drawing on, and critiquing, a number of contemporary cultural theories (such as Marxism; semiotics, structuralism and post-structuralism; postmodernism; feminism; psychoanalysis; theories of globalisation; theories of memory; theories of class; and postcolonialism) in their analysis of the media
     

Additionally, students who graduate with the MA will:

  • have gained advanced knowledge and understanding of materials and critical perspectives appropriate to their chosen Dissertation/Variable-format Research Project (including the interdisciplinary negotiation between media-oriented approaches and those associated with a British cultural studies disciplinary framework)
     
  • have developed a sophisticated capacity to articulate critical perspectives on key debates in the field and to evaluate their usefulness for thinking about culture, identity and mediation
     
  • have gained a thorough knowledge of critical and research methodologies appropriate to their chosen Dissertation by Research or Practice, and the ability to apply them in their own work.