The Cross-Cultural Communication and Media Studies MA provides theoretical, research and practical training in areas of international and intercultural communication and the media. It combines theory and practice of journalism, public relations practice, and theoretical analysis of the media.
The Media Studies pathway is a specialism on the Cross-Cultural Communication MA. It is designed for students who wish to combine the study of cross-cultural communication with developing skills and knowledge relevant to various aspects of media.
The pathway is suitable if you have some journalism and/or PR knowledge through your undergraduate studies or voluntary work. It is also suitable for journalists or PR professionals wishing to develop academic knowledge and research methods. The pathway draws on our research in media, communication and cultural studies.
You will develop:
- critical understanding of media, culture and society
- knowledge to theorise and analyse media, journalism and public relations
- knowledge of media law and advertising regulations in a transnational context
- an understanding of strengths and weaknesses of different types of data dissemination
- analytical and critical skills to assess and conduct research in the field of media, journalism and PR
- the ability to deliver and evaluate a PR event in the public, private and voluntary sectors
- skills to set up a campaign network and deliver PR campaign messages
- skills to produce effective press releases and script, shoot and edit digital films
- skills to produce news reports in a range of media forms
- skills to script, shoot and edit digital films
Modules are delivered through a range of means, including:
- group projects
Each module tends to last one semester. Some optional modules are taught in short, intensive blocks and/or on occasional weekends.
The course consists of three main parts, each comprising 60 credits.
Language and communication
This strand is delivered by academic staff in applied linguistics from the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. It comprises one compulsory module and a number of optional modules available to all cross-cultural communication students.
Media studies pathway-specific modules
The research portfolio is equal to an MA-level dissertation. It involves three separate research files which take place over the course of the academic year:
- an essay on a theoretical matter in cross-cultural communication, submitted early January
- a presentation on a methodological approach to research in cross-cultural communication
- an empirical research project conducted over the summer months, submitted at the end of August
Lectures and seminars provide support for the research portfolio. You will also receive one-to-one supervision from an academic member of staff.
Work experienceWork experience
You are encouraged to apply your research interests to real world case studies, particularly of international organisations or workplaces with which you have a connection.
For example, your empirical project submitted in research file three can be in connection with voluntary work (for a charity or NGO) or an internship, arranged over the summer towards the end of the course.
As a part time student you can conduct a research project of relevance to your employer and/or industry.
As a student in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences you'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:
- a well-stocked Education Resource Centre
- Language Analysis Lab
- a phonetics lab
- an audio-video lab
- a recording studio
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take Language and Communication modules to a value of 40 credits from the following:
- CCC8001 The Social Psychology of Communication
- CCC8015 Sociolinguistics
- CCC8043 International Business Talk and Interaction
- CCC8077 Professional Communication
- CCC8087 English in the World: Global and Cross-Cultural Issues surrounding English as a Lingua Franca
- ALC8010 Culture, Interculturality and Identity
- CCC8091 Micro-analysis of Intercultural Interaction
- ALC8021 Understanding Multimodal Communication
You will take Media modules up to a value of 40 credits from the following:
- MCH8059 Media and Law
- MCH8060 Strategies and Management in PR
- MCH8061 Professional Sub-Editing
- MCH8065 Theoretical Approaches to PR
- MCH8069 Multi Media Journalism: Principles and Practice
- MCH8163 News and Journalism
- MCH8164 Politics and International Relations for Journalists
- MCH8177 Politics,Power and Communication
- MCH8178 Public Relations in Government and Politics
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
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Fees & Funding
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Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
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Part time: £3,600
Full time: £16,200
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a subject broadly related to:
- social sciences (eg languages, law or sociology)
Work experience in an international organisation or cross-cultural context is desirable, but not essential.
We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant teaching or professional experience.
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- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
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The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.