Mass Communications

MA, 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you want to gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical and methodological approaches to the rapidly changing field of media and communication research.

Course Description

The MA in Mass Communications provides a thorough grounding in the theories, approaches and research necessary for the study of media and communication processes in both the national and global contexts. The course combines an overview of the history and development of communication research with a critical analysis of current theories in the field.

You will analyse key areas in mass communication including media production, organisation and control, news in the local, national and global context, media/new media roles and the political process, communication policy and regulation, and cross-national media and communication systems.

This course will enable you to engage critically with contemporary debates surrounding the social, political and cultural roles of media and communication in modern societies. You will investigate the 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.

This postgraduate degree will equip you with the advanced analytical skills and knowledge you need to progress your professional career or to pursue further academic study in the rapidly expanding field of media and communication research.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Media and Communication

Why Leicester?

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

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 tutors and leading researchers in the field.

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

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

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

  • Approaches to Media Audiences
  • Research Design and Research Practice
Plus a 14,000-word Dissertation

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

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 and tutorials where you will be given the opportunity to discuss and clarify ideas.

Assessment is by means of written assignments based on individual and group work and a dissertation of 14,000 words.

Research Stories

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.

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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
Mass Communications MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Mass Communications
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year

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