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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Communication and Media

Programme code:MA-COMM/C&MUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Allison Cavanagh Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- First Degree: BA Honours, Upper Second or equivalent in any subject.
- An IELTS Band Score of 6.5, with 7.0 preferred and with not less than 6.0 in any skill area or
Internet Based TOEFL 94 overall (with not less than 21 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking and 24 in Writing)

Applicants with an IELTS score of 6.0 may be eligible for entry provided they successfully complete the University’s InterComm Pre-sessional English Language course.
Information about the course can be found on the Language Centre pages of the University website.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Media and Communication

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Media and Communication Studies Examination Board

Programme specification:

The programme will: provide students with a broad understanding of the varied role of communications in modern societies. The flexibility of the programme means students can prepare to pursue international careers or develop specialist knowledge in particular fields, such as film, political communications or the cultural industries more broadly. The MA Communications Studies consists of two core modules: ‘Media and Communications Theory’ addresses a range of theoretical approaches to the role of media and communications in the contemporary world. The module provides a thorough grounding in such key areas as Interpersonal Communication, Representation, Media and Power, Public Sphere, Political economy approaches to the media, De-westernizing Media and Communication Studies and Audiences. ‘Critical Issues in Media and Communications’ takes the theories encountered in the first core module and applies them to topical issues and examples in international communications, from a critical perspective.

The core modules help build the common base from which students can explore specialist areas through the dissertation and option modules, according to their particular interests and career aspirations. The Dissertation module includes weekly lectures on academic writing and research methods. Students are required to complete a dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words on a topic of their choice. The research is carried out under the guidance of an individual supervisor. Students also choose two optional modules from a large range of choices. The optional modules are research-led being informed by the research interests and practice of the academic staff in ICS (see current list of optional modules).

Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM5135MCritical Issues in Media and Communication30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5140MMedia and Communication Theory30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5600MDissertation and Research Methods60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5380MThe Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5750MRadio Technologies, Industries and Cultures30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5815MCinematics and Photography30 creditsSemester 1
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1
PECI5209MCritical Debates in Culture and Place30 creditsSemester 1
PECI5402MStory Workshop30 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM5170MTelevision Narrative30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5370MInternational Film Industries30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5540MThe Reporting of Politics30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5601MInnovations in Political Communication30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5630MCommunication and Public Opinion30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5690MMultimedia Journalism30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5790MIdentity, Culture and Technology30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5805MCultures of Contemporary Photography30 creditsSemester 2
DESN5230MIntegrated Communication30 creditsSemester 2
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2

Elective modules:

Students may study 0 - 30 credits of Discovery modules in either semester 1 or semester 2 but not both.

Last updated: 15/09/2017


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