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Cross-Cultural Communication and Media Studies MA

This Cross-Cultural Communication and Media Studies MA provides theoretical, research and practical training in areas of international and intercultural communication and the media.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2023

Overview

The Media Studies pathway is a specialism on the Cross-Cultural Communication MA. It lets you study media studies and intercultural communication.

Media and cultural studies academic staff from the School of Arts and Cultures deliver this specialist pathway.

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 who wish to develop academic knowledge and research methods. The pathway draws on our research in media, communication and cultural studies.

It combines theory and practice of journalism, public relations practice, and theoretical analysis of the media. You'll develop skills and knowledge relevant to various aspects of media.

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What you'll learn

Language and communication

Applied linguistics academic staff from the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences deliver this strand. It comprises one compulsory module and a number of optional modules available to all cross-cultural communication students.

Media studies pathway-specific modules

Media and cultural studies academic staff from the School of Arts and Cultures deliver the media studies strand of taught modules. You'll study with other media students.

You'll develop:

  • a 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 the 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

Modules

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.

How you'll learn

 

Your development

Professional skills

You'll develop a range of skills valued in media and PR roles, such as:

  • 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

Supporting your development

Our programme is designed to support your development over the course of the year.

Semester 1 modules will give you a foundational knowledge of key areas in intercultural communication. Semester 2 modules will allow you to build on this. You will select specialist topics suited to your interests and future goals.

Through class discussion and assessment, you will reflect on your own intercultural communication, learning and development.

Through a research portfolio, you'll gain the analytical and theoretical skills required to understand and analyse communication in a wide range of settings. For example, your empirical project can be in connection with voluntary work (for a charity or NGO). Or, it can be related to 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.

Your future

Intercultural communication careers

The Cross-Cultural Communication Masters courses are relevant if you wish to study communication, language and culture. The course will prepare you for work in international and intercultural environments.

Communication is an essential aspect of the work in roles such as:

  • marketing and communications
  • communications consultants
  • human resources advisors
  • international recruitment
  • digital communications
  • translators and interpreters
  • social workers
  • international sales representatives
  • NGO staff
  • Study Abroad coordinators
  • teachers

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

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:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Degree Programme Secretary
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8830
Email: CCC@ncl.ac.uk

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