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MA-Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communications

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  • Objectives
    To provide students with a thorough grounding in the theories, approaches and research necessary for studying, analysing, and understanding media and communication processes in both national and global contexts. Building on a comprehensive overview of the history of the study of media and communication, the course enables students to critically engage with contemporary debates on the social, political and cultural roles of media and communication in modern societies. Emphasis is given to training in the full range of quantitative and qualitative methods and approaches necessary for analysing all aspects of the communication process, from media organisations, media professionals and production to media content, audiences and cultural consumption.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements At least a good second class honours degree in any discipline, though a Social Science degree would be particularly relevant, from an institution recognised by the University. Applicants who do not have a first degree, but who can demonstrate other relevant qualifications and/or experience may also be considered.
  • Academic Title
    MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communications
  • Course description
    Course modules
    Core:

    -Contemporary Issues in Media and Cultural Studies
    -Processes and Structures in Mass Communications
    -The Study of Mass Media Audience
    -Research Methods and Management I
    -Research Methods and Management II
    -Dissertation

    Option modules (two from the following):

    -The International Context of Mass Communication
    -News Management, Communication and Social Problems
    -Advertising and Cultural Consumption
    -Technology, Culture and Power: Global Perspectives
    -Media, Celebrity and Fandom
    -Film as Mass Communication
    -The Digital Economy
    -International Political Communication
    -Global Cinema

    Teaching and assessment methods
    Teaching is by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Assessment is by means of essays, research methods assignments, and a dissertation of 15,000-18,000 words

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