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2023/24 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 Sara Tafakori 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)

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).

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[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 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5140MMedia and Communication Theory30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5600MDissertation and Research Methods60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 30 credits of optional modules

Candidates may choose to study up to 30 credits from the following optional modules:

ARTF5193MHumanity, Animality and Globality30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5200MCommunication and International Affairs30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5235MPromotional Media, Culture and Society30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsNot running in 202324
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5540MThe Reporting of Politics30 creditsNot running in 202324
COMM5615MKeywords in Political Communication30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5645MJournalism Theory and Research30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5710MThe Media Industries30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5700MWriting, Archives, Race30 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL5835MThe Literature of Crisis: Politics and Gender in 1790s Britain30 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL5845MWriting Identities: Criticism, Creativity, Practice30 creditsNot running in 202324
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5209MCritical Debates in Culture and Place30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5214MCreativity and Innovation Management30 credits 
PECI5406MNarrative Perspectives in Practice30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5320MTheorising Gender30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5355MInequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates may choose to study up to 30 credits from the following optional modules:

ARTF5009MMaking Sense of Sound30 creditsNot running in 202324
ARTF5032MMovies, Migrants and Diasporas30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5005MContemporary Debates in Media and Communication30 creditsNot running in 202324
COMM5160MCritical Studies in Visual Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5550MPopular Music and Society30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5630MCommunication and Public Opinion30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5695MCommunication and Development30 creditsNot running in 202324
COMM5796MClimate Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5866MGlobal migration, ‘race’ and media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5737MPostcolonialism, Animals and the Environment30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5828MGlobal Indigeneity30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5216MArts and Activism30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5218MCultural Policy and the Politics of Culture30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5407MDigital and Intermedial Storytelling30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5409MScript Development for Film and Television30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5380MVideogames and Society30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Elective modules:

Candidates may study 0 - 30 credits of discovery modules (level 3 & 5 only)

Last updated: 25/10/2023 12:05:21


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