Postgraduate

Media and Society (Research) MA

Media and Society (Research) MA

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months

Profile

The Media and Society (Research), MA is a research master’s course, making it ideal preparation for a PhD. It offers a sound grounding in the area of media and society research and focuses on developing critical and independent thinking.

The MA can be taken as a standalone course before undertaking PhD study.

It also forms the initial training component for the four-year (MA plus PhD) ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognises the MA as a research master's award.

The course covers key elements of media analysis skills and explores a range of theoretical approaches in media, communication, cultural and social studies.

On the completion of the course you will:

  • understand the role of media and communication systems in shaping meaning
  • develop knowledge of the range of research practices, methods and paradigms
  • have awareness of a broad range of critical, cultural and societal theory that inform the field of media and social studies

Delivery

During the MA you will undertake advanced masters’ level training in media and society research. You will complete a combination of specialist media-based modules plus a range of research-focused modules.

After completing your MA, you will acquire all the skills required to move into PhD research.

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Modules

Module changes

Module changes

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.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

MA

UK*

Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600

EU*

Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600

*UK/EU students will not have to pay fees if they are awarded an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre studentship

International

Full time: £16,200

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject, such as:

  • cultural studies
  • media studies
  • communication studies
  • sociology
  • gender studies
  • related humanities and social sciences subjects

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

When you make your online application, you will need to insert one of the following course codes in the 'Programme of Study' page:

  • 4156F - Media and Society (Research), MA (full time)
  • 4156P - Media and Society (Research), MA (part time)

The course starts in September

Contact

Dr Joss Hands
Degree Programme Director
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4641
Email: joss.hands@ncl.ac.uk

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