New Media and Society

MA, 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you want to understand the impact new media and technologies are having on society and develop a range of research skills relevant for analysing new media trends and phenomena.

Course Description

Studying our MA in New Media and Society will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the theories and approaches to new media and technologies in both micro and macro contexts, and you will gain in-depth knowledge of the key concepts associated with the new media, including the network society, digital capitalism, online behaviour and persuasive digital environments. In addition, you will learn the most innovative research methods to carry out research online.

Our course enables you to explore new media technologies and their impact and influences on society, culture, politics and human psychology. Alongside this you will also develop a critical understanding of the historical background and recent developments and trends in new media, enabling you to engage confidently with all aspects of new media and digital technologies.

The course combines core modules and option modules from a selection of specialist subjects. You will also complete a dissertation based on individually supervised 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

Core modules

Core modules

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.

Option modules

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 through a variety of methods including lectures, seminar discussions and individual tutorials.

You will undertake independent study and research throughout the course, with guidance from your tutors, in addition to participating in classes. You will be assessed through a combination of essays and online assignments. You will also complete a research-based dissertation on a topic of your choice ,where you will carry out extensive independent research, study and presentation under the expert direction of your research supervisor.

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.

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. As the course has a strong emphasis on research methods and training, you will develop a range of transferable skills which will are directly applicable to the professional world.

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to careers in new media organisations, as well as press and broadcast organisations, 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
New Media and Society MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
New Media and Society
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year

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