Media, Culture and Society

MA, 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you are interested in studying media, communication and sociology at an advanced level and learning from some of the leading researchers in this academic field.

Course Description

This multi-disciplinary degree will provide you with a unique academic challenge if you are looking to develop your career in media, creative and cultural industries, or build a future career in academia. The course combines cultural studies with media and sociology and explores processes and activities, from local to global levels.

Through a combination of core and option modules, you will be introduced to the very latest research and theory in the study of our contemporary culture and the digital realm, and how our world is portrayed in the media. Option modules range from Media Solidarities and Human Rights – which explores how popular media are involved in critical issues involving human rights and humanitarianism - and Gender Politics in Contemporary Media to New Communication Technologies, Social Media and Digital Politics.

As well as learning through lectures, seminars and tutorials, one of the core modules will include interviews and workshops with top researchers in the fields of cultural sociology, media and communication, and cultural studies, as well as leading industry thinkers.

The course will develop your critical and analytical skills and give you a solid grounding in research methods and current theories – and help you apply them to your own area of research.

Because of its strong research and theoretical content, we expect this course to inspire many students to progress to a PhD on a relevant or related topic.

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

  • Contemporary Issues in Media Cultural Studies
  • Real World Research
  • Social and Cultural Theory

Plus your Dissertation 

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

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Critical Game Studies
  • Gender Politics in Contemporary Media
  • Media Solidarities and Human Rights
  • New Communication Technologies, Social Media and Digital Politics
  • Studying Film
  • Technology, Culture and Communication
  • The Cultural Industries: Theory, Policy and Practice

Plus your Dissertation

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 using a variety of methods including lectures, seminar discussions and individual tutorials in preparation for assignments. This course also introduces interviews and workshops with top researchers, as well as leading industry thinkers.

You will undertake independent study and research throughout the course, which will be guided by tutors, in addition to participating in classes. You will complete a research-based MA dissertation which will be on a topic of your choice and where you will carry out extensive independent research, study and presentation.

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, online assignments and your dissertation of approximately 10,000-12,000 words.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

  • 2:1 degree from a British university in Media/Communication Studies, Politics, Sociology, Social/Cultural/Political Theory or Cultural Studies
  • Equivalent academic or 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

Successful completion of this course will demonstrate to potential employers that you have a high level of knowledge in the field, and as our course has a strong emphasis on research methods and training, you will develop a range of transferable skills which are directly applicable to the professional world.

This course has a strong research and theoretical content of this course providing a solid foundation for your to progress to study at doctoral level.


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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Media, Culture and Society MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Media, Culture and Society
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year

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