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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.

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 information

UK fee £9,300

International fee £21,400

Taught by Media and Communication

Course description

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.

Entry requirements

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

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in September 2024

  • MA: £9,300

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

Starting in September 2024

  • MA: £21,400

You will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Course structure

Why Leicester?

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

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 is being supported by major government and international organisations.

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

Teaching and learning

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.

Key dates

September 2024 start

  • Application deadline: 9 September 2024 (Please note if you require a visa to study you will be required to submit your course application by 26 July 2024)
  • Deposit payment deadline: 9 August 2024
  • CAS request deadline: 6 September 2024
  • 70% tuition payment deadline: 6 September 2024

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