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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA New Media

Programme code:MA-COMM/NMUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Helen Thornham Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good first degree, University IELTS requirements for PGs:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency. Recognized tests are IELTS with a required overall score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, or TOEFL equivalent score.

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

Programme specification:

Currently, there are a range of masters level programmes in the fields of new, digital and interactive media, but the vast majority of these are taught as practical degrees, with little reflection on new media in its socio-cultural, economic and political contexts. While such teaching is valuable in its own right, it does not equip students with the tools to evaluate the ways in which new media shapes and is shaped by the world around us. This degree, like a small minority of existing new media programmes at masters level, will provide an opportunity to exercise this reflection, alongside the development of practical skills in planning, designing, developing and implementing new media systems and solutions, as well as deconstructing and interrogating existing media systems. The degree will combine new School modules, developed specifically for this programme, existing School modules, and optional modules from the School of Design, as appropriate.

The MA New Media is distinctive due to:
1) Location within the School and fit to existing MA options and modules: This MA is designed to complement and extend existing offerings whilst maintaining the key balance between practice and theory that distinguishes the School from its competitors.
2) Unique combination of theory and practice that is taught through a critical lens: this MA is one of very few to combine theory and practice, and would be the only offering of this kind from a Russell group university.
3) Expertise in the field: the New Media team within the ICS are internationally recognised in their areas. The MA is designed around the core critical issues in new media, but is distinguished by the depth and breadth of knowledge provided by the researchers at Leeds.
4) Use of current research to complement and underpin teaching: This provides the students with a unique experience of research-led teaching, which uses live research and theoretically grounded contemporary empirical work.

Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules. Completion of the two compulsory modules only will result in a PG Certificate:

COMM5600MDissertation and Research Methods60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep
COMM5780MDigital Practices60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 - 60 credits of Optional modules

Candidates will be required to study 0 - 30 credits from the following semester 1 modules:

COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5735MIndividual Directed Study (New Media)30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
COMM5801MUrban Narratives30 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
PECI5214MCreativity and Innovation Management30 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5312MTheorising Gender 130 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5355MInequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions30 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5414MDebates on Disability Theory and Research30 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study 0 - 30 credits from the following semester 2 modules:

COMM5160MCritical Studies in Visual Communication30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5170MTelevision Narrative30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5550MPopular Music and Society30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5805MCultures of Contemporary Photography30 creditsSemester 2
EAST5055MStylistic Aesthetics of Chinese Language in Media and Communication15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2
PECI5208MCultural Policy30 creditsSemester 2
PECI5216MArts and Activism30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2

Elective modules:

Candidates may study 0 - 30 credits of postgraduate level electives, or Discovery modules aimed at final year undergraduates. (Such modules have a 3 or a 5 as the first digit in the module code)

candidates may study 30 credits of elective modules in either semester 1 or semester 2.

Last updated: 16/08/2019


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