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
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.
As a postgraduate research student in media and cultural studies you will benefit from dedicated research suites within the School of Arts and Cultures.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take optional modules to the value of 40 credits from the following (20 in each semester):
- MCH8059 Media and Law
- MCH8060 Strategies and Management in PR*
- MCH8065 Theoretical Approaches to PR
- MCH8177 Politics, Power and Communication
- MCH8178 Public Relations in Government and Politics
*If you select MCH8060, you must ensure that you have undertaken the pre-requisite MCH8065
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 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
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.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
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
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 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject, such as:
- cultural studies
- media studies
- communication studies
- gender studies
- related humanities and social sciences subjects
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at a minimum of 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at a minimum of 5.5, including writing)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
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.
ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre application route (MA plus PhD)ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre application route (MA plus PhD)
You initially only apply for the Media and Society (Research), MA. Upon successful completion of the MA you will then be transferred on to the PhD programme. You will be admitted to the MA independently of a supervisory team and specific research project.
The application deadline is normally mid January. See the ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre website for more information.
Non-ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre application route (MA only)Non-ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre application route (MA only)
There is no application closing date for this course, but 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.