Global Media and Communication

MA, 1 year

This is for you if... you want to understand the relationship between the processes of globalisation and communications and how they shape our world.

Course Description

The MA in Global Media and Communication provides a comprehensive grounding in theories, perspectives and research relating to globalisation, global media and communications. The course's core focus is on the different political, economic and cultural dynamics of national and transnational media and communications.

Through a variety of core and optional modules, you will critically examine the role of media and communications technology in shaping cultures and societies, influencing development processes and linking different transnational communities. You will investigate how media and communications are central to the changing structures, boundaries and flows of our increasingly globalised world and look at the key influence of digital media and web-based cultures. We will pay particular attention to global development and inequalities, and you will explore the ways in which communication processes can be seen to both widen and close the gap between the global ‘north’ and ‘south’.

On completing this course, you will have developed a critical understanding of the relationship between processes of globalisation, media and communications and their diverse impacts on social change, as well as the relationship between communication and development processes. You will have developed an understanding of the contemporary and historical processes shaping globalisation in the digital era, and you will acquire the necessary advanced analytical and research skills which will be essential for your dissertation project.

This postgraduate degree provides an excellent grounding for you to progress in a wide range of professions. Many of our graduates have returned to careers where the MA has allowed them to advancement to a higher position.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
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Why Leicester?

One of the UK's longest established academic centres for communication and media studies, we are internationally recognised for our innovative research.

Our research work being supported by major government and international organisations.

In 1978 the University of Leicester launched the UK's first Masters Degree in the field of media and communication.

You will be taught by experienced and highly qualified tutors and leading researchers in the field.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

  • Global Communications and Development
  • Theories of Globalisation and New Media
  • Media Research Methods

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Core modules

  • Research Design and Communication

Plus a 14,000-word Dissertation

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

Plus a further one option module from:

  • The Cultural Industries: Theory, Policy and Practice
  • Gender Politics in Contemporary Media
  • Studying Film
  • Humanitarianism, Ethics and the Media
  • Critical Game Studies
  • The Social/Cultural Construction of Science, Health and the Environment

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught by a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

Assessment will be through a combination of essays, research methods assignments and a 14,000-word dissertation.

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Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent professional qualification.

We can give special consideration to applicants who have significant work experience in a relevant field.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

Career Opportunities

This Masters degree will demonstrate to potential employers that you have a high level of knowledge in your particular area, which can set you apart from others in the job market. The course has a strong emphasis on research methods and training, which will have a practical application in the professional world.

Some of the key career destinations include new media organisations, as well as press and broadcast organisations with a new media component, international news agencies, government departments (e.g. publicity, education, health), advertising firms, public relations organisations, and many others.


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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Global Media and Communication MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Global Media and Communication
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year

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