The Media and Society (Research) MA is a research master’s course. This makes it ideal preparation for a PhD.
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. It explores a range of theoretical approaches in media, communication, cultural and social studies.
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What you'll learn
During the MA you'll undertake advanced master's-level training in media and society 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 and social 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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
|Thinking about Research||10|
|Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences||20|
|Dissertation in Media and Society (Research)||60|
|International Media and Law (Semester 1)||20|
|Strategies and Management in PR||20|
|Theoretical Approaches to PR||20|
|Power, Politics and Communication||20|
|Public Relations in Government and Politics||20|
How you'll learn
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Computer assessment
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
As a postgraduate research student in media and cultural studies you'll benefit from dedicated research suites within the School of Arts and Cultures.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
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We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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