Undertaking an MA course is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about yourself and the world, as well as pursue the changes you feel need to happen. When you undertake postgraduate study with us you'll become part of our lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers, where the emphasis is on empowering you to be original, reflective, creative, and passionate.
We provide a wealth of facilities, staff experience, and a research-immersive culture for you to deepen your understanding of your interests, find solutions to pressing social and cultural issues, and make a difference. We’re particularly proud of the postgraduate research culture in the Department that provides a respectful and supportive environment to ensure you get the most out of your experience. Having a Master of Arts (MA) will help you develop necessary and cutting-edge vocational and professional skills. Our alumni are highly successful in gaining work in their chosen fields and form a growing global network of public and private sector professionals.
We have an experienced team of researchers and practitioners who will mentor you to a deeper understanding of the world and your chosen profession, as well as guide you through multi-media practice-based experience. You will learn how to engage thoughtfully and ethically with how organisations work, how the sector works, and with day-to-day working practices. Our programmes give you a broad understanding and experience of your chosen sector without sacrificing depth of understanding and academic rigour.
We have a range of postgraduate taught degrees across Media, Journalism and PR and Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies, within which we provide our postgraduate students a rich and vibrant environment to pursue their studies.
Our postgraduate taught degrees lead to Master's certification. Some have the option for postgraduate diploma, and Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies have a MPrac option.
Our Media and Public Relations MA combines a theoretical analysis of media with public relations practice. You'll gain an understanding of media, culture and society as well as a knowledge of how to analyse and theorise media and public relations.
The course is comprised of compulsory and optional modules, with a dissertation which enables you to undertake your own research into a theme relating to public relations.
Our International Multimedia Journalism programme is suitable for both new graduates and experienced journalists alike, however you don't need a media background to take this course. You'll have the opportunity to work with senior broadcasters from prestigious titles such as:
- The BBC
- The Guardian
- The Economist
- The Times
You will cover broadcast and video journalism, online journalism and a real-world project in digital journalism.
Our Art Museum and Gallery Studies MA, PGDip will provide you with an opportunity to develop your skills as a curator or gallery educator. We work in collaboration with our key partners the Hatton Gallery and the Laing Art Gallery, allowing you the opportunity to curate an exhibition and coordinate a programme of public activities.
The course encourages a hands-on approach from students, and involved input from art museum and gallery professionals.
This programme is offered on a part-time basis aimed at museum professionals who are already working in the sector, or those wishing to enter the field.
Learning about the theories which underpin the sector, you'll also develop research skills and conduct a research project. Our strong ties with regional museums allows us to ensure this course is at the cutting edge of museum practice.
Our postgraduate Heritage Studies programme will allow you to hone your knowledge and skills in heritage management, education and interpretation. This course will prepare you for, or progress you towards, a successful career in the field of heritage.
It involves the input of heritage professionals from the region and further afield. Upon graduating you'll be ready to either pursue a career in heritage, take on further research or continue your study with our work-based Heritage Practice MPrac.
Our Museum Studies MA, PGDip programme will equip your with the necessary skills to operate a museum, while also looking at theories behind the societal role of museums. You'll curate group exhibitions or organise and deliver complete education and learning events.
This programme covers a range of issues associated with museum work, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to move into, or enhance your career in the museum sector.
Our Art Museum and Gallery Practice MPrac will provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues art museums and galleries are faced with.
The course is flexible with a mixture of taught modules and the opportunity to undertake work-based placement, providing a combination of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience.
Our Heritage Practice MPrac programme will provide you with essential work experience in the cultural and heritage sector. Based on your learnings during your MA studies, you'll apply theoretical frameworks in a work-based context.
The course combines taught modules with the possibility of a work-based placement to provide you with theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience.
Our Museum Practice MPrac was the first course of its kind, and blends theory along with work-based placements to complement your Museum Studies MA. You'll be able to develop experience of working in the museum sector, applying theoretical frameworks in a work-based context.
This programme will allow you to build on your practical skills and knowledge through an extended work placement.
Our Media and Society (Research) MA is ideal preparation for a PhD. This programme will provide you with an understanding of media and society research and focus on developing your skills in critical and independent thinking.
The course covers skills of media analysis and explores theoretical approaches relevant to media, communication, cultural and social studies.
I like the mixture of theory and practical and the broad range of topics that we study.
When you undertake postgraduate study with us you'll become part of our lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers, where the emphasis is on empowering you to be original, reflective, creative, and passionate.
We provide a wealth of facilities, staff experience, and a research-immersive culture for you to deepen your understanding of your interests, find solutions to pressing social and cultural issues, and make a difference. We’re particularly proud of the postgraduate research culture in the Department that provides a respectful and supportive environment to ensure you get the most out of your experience. Our unit has extensive connections with the media, culture, heritage sectors and can offer work placements to help you to gain experience, practice the skills you’ve gained, and increase your employability.
Our Digital Media PhD is offered in two main areas of digital media. One focuses on digital arts practice, while the other looks at the use of digital media in museum, gallery and heritage settings. As a research student you'll receive support on an academic and administrative level tailored to your needs to maximise your research and future career possibilities.
Our Journalism and Public Relations PhD allows you access to a variety of academic and professional opportunities. Alongside your supervision, you'll produce articles for various media and be able to deliver lectures. You will also form part of the wider Media and Cultural Studies team, which contributes to our vibrant learning community.
Studying on our Media and Cultural Studies PhD course will open you to our global links with creative and cultural industries. You'll get the opportunity to present papers at conferences and have your articles published in academic journals.
Newcastle University fosters a strong PhD culture, and the environment we work in supports our world-leading work.
Undertaking our Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies MPhil, PhD allows you to carry out an original piece of research. You'll join an interdisciplinary group of research and academics and be support by expert supervisors.
This programme is based in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, at Newcastle, and is internationally renowned for its research. We have a thriving research community made up of ambitious postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers.
Choosing to study a postgraduate research degree in film allows you to specialise in Film Practice. Opting for our Film Practice PhD gives you a unique opportunity to develop your own film as a practice-led project and is led by award-winning film-maker Dr Ian MacDonald.
Alternatively, our Film Studies MPhil or PhD looks into British, Algerian, Chinese, French or Latin American cinema. As a Film Studies student you'll form an integral part of Newcastle University's research culture.
The Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies, MLitt is ideal for professionals interested in enhancing their career through research, and will focus on three key research themes: cultural politics and policy; identity, community and place; and representation and media.