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Media, Society and Cultural Studies (Research) MA

This research master's provides a sound grounding in media, society and cultural research and focuses on developing critical and independent thinking.

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  • September 2024


The Media, Society, and Cultural Studies (Research) MA is a research master's course. This means it's primarily designed to support your exploration of a chosen research area.

The programme is built around your individual research project. This is bolstered by dedicated research modules and a selection of modules in media, social, and cultural studies.

Whether you intend to pursue a PhD or enhance your professional qualifications in a specific area, this master's program is for you.

As a taught master's in research, you'll have a timetable that encourages independent work within a structured framework. Monthly meetings with course leaders allow you to refine your project, and you'll engage in modules that will equip you to design and complete a master's-level research project.

Additionally, the program provides a selection of optional modules to complement your research.

This programme is also recognised nationally by the Economic, Social Research Council. It can form the initial training component for the four-year (MA plus PhD) - ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre

You'll undertake advanced master's-level training in research skills, learning the most effective ways to explore and understand media, society and culture. You will complement your research expertise by developing your ability to be critical and analyse. The culmination of your learning will be for you to develop a potentially publishable piece of research.

Upon completing the MA programme, you'll have the skills needed to move onto a PhD programme or undertake sophisticated and nuanced research projects. By the program's conclusion, you will have achieved the following:

  • Developed comprehensive knowledge of diverse research practices, methods, and paradigms.
  • Gained awareness of a broad range of critical, cultural, and societal theories that inform media, social, and cultural studies.
  • Attained expertise in a specific area of media, social, and cultural studies that meets your own needs.

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What you'll learn

During the MA you'll undertake advanced master's-level training in media, society, and culture research. You'll complete a combination of specialist media-based modules plus a range of research-focused modules.

After completing your MA, you'll have all the skills required to move into PhD research. On the completion of the course you'll:

  • 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, social and cultural studies


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

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All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


As a postgraduate research student in media, society and cultural studies you'll benefit from dedicated research suites within the School of Arts and Cultures.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

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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 2024 entry.

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Questions about this course?

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

Dr Joss Hands
Degree Programme Director
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4641


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