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As the media industry is expanding by the day, it is increasingly important to develop a broader understanding of how different aspects of the media interconnect. This course examines key issues of media and communication, introducing principles behind cultural theories and media research methods.
The curriculum is highly flexible, enabling you to tailor your studies to your individual interests and career ambitions. You can choose from a range of units that address various aspects of media, including new media technologies, cyberculture, electronic publishing and international cinema. Students will even have the option of specialising in one of four named routes: International Cinema; New Media; Media Industries; and Sport and the Media Industries. You will benefit from taking a variety of approaches to the study of media and communications, involving a combination of theoretical analysis and practical exploration. Your specialisations will be highlighted in two self-directed projects, which can take the form of a dissertation, practical project or combination of both.
Throughout the course, you will be supported throughout by professors who are specialists in many areas, including new media, publishing, journalism, radio, the media industry, cinema, documentary production and sport in the media. We also offer regular research seminars, screenings, talks by guest speakers and research projects to encourage you to network with prospective employers as you study. You could even publish your work in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, which is based at the University.
The core units contain both formative and summative assessments, and it is during these units that students should learn the range of competences and knowledges necessary to succeed on the courses. For their project work students can undertake a traditional dissertation, a piece of practical work, a portfolio of diverse practical work, or some combination of these. The courses utilize essays, special exercises, case studies projects, dissertations, and practical work for assessment as appropriate to the topic.
This programme offers students the opportunity of studying the media at postgraduate level without the necessity of concentrating on one specialist area. The core modules provide a solid foundation in theory and method. As the various elements of the mass media converge, it is increasingly appropriate to develop a broader understanding of how different aspects of the media interconnect in a number of different ways. The MA Mass Communications allows such connections to be made by studying a range of modules.
Students must complete the common core modules, but have the freedom to negotiate the selection and combination of the option modules they take. By combining a range of modules students will also benefit from a variety of approaches to studying the media which combine both theoretical analysis and practical exploration.
The Media MA Courses are managed by the Field Chair with administrative support. Each unit has a unit tutor. Students can get general academic advice from the Field Chair and unit specific support from the relevant unit tutor. For the two projects which together constitute 50% of the course, students have their own individual tutor who they will see regularly. Students with specific study or general problems will be referred to Student Services
You will develop your abilities to work with others on group tasks and projects, becoming more adept at listening to others, expressing your own views and helping a group to devise plans and strategies.