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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Media Industries

Programme code:MA-COMM/MIUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Anamik Saha Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

First degree BA Honours, Upper Second or equivalent in any subject. 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

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Programme specification:

The programme is distinctive in that offers students knowledge and understanding of the media industries along the following set of dimensions:
- Sociocultural: The relationship between media industries and the social and cultural impacts of the media.
- Historical: The historical development of the media, including the industrialisation and commodification of cultural production
- Political: Efforts by governments (international, national and regional) to influence the size, structure and behaviour of media industries, through legislation, regulation and subsidy; how media industries seek to affect policy.
- Economic: Questions of ownership and control, including processes of concentration, conglomeration and integration, and the centrality of rights.
- Organisational: Historical tensions between creativity and commerce, and how media industries attempt to manage these tensions.
- Ethical: How processes of industrialisation bear on how people live their lives in modern societies.

In addition, the programme is distinctive in that it is offered by an Institute that prioritises research in this area, through its Media Industries Research Centre (MIRC).

Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM5600MDissertation and Research Methods60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
COMM5710MThe Media Industries30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5720MMedia Production Analysis30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

ARTF5193MHumanity, Animality and Globality30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5140MMedia and Communication Theory30 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)
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)

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Candidates will be required to study 0 - 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)
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)

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

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)

Last updated: 23/11/2023 11:00:00


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