New Media and Society

MA, PGDip, 1½-2 years, by distance learning

This is for you if... you want to study new media and communication technologies - their history, growth and impact on users and society as a whole.

Course Description

Please note that the last intake for this course will be October 2016.

The MA in New Media and Society will give you the opportunity to examine in depth new media technologies and their impact and influences on society, culture, politics and economics at a global and national level.

The first year, which is common to all our Media and Communication distance learning courses, will provide you with a thorough grounding in the origins, theoretical development and research methods used in the study of media and communication

Specialist modules explore the history, growth and development of the internet and other related technologies, the different applications to which new communication technologies have been put, and their social and psychological impact upon users and societies. You will examine the legal and regulatory factors relating to new media and society as well as the issues linked to the politics, sociology and social psychology of the internet. The degree is international in perspective, examining global developments, but will also offer you a more detailed examination at the local and regional level.

This degree will equip you with the critical and practical skills that will enable you to understand, analyse and produce advanced research assignments.

By choosing to study by distance learning, you will have the flexibility to fit your study around existing commitments and enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Key Facts
Start date
April and October each year
Department
Media and Communication
Contact

Social Science Distance Learning Hub
+44 (0)116 252 3755
css-dl@le.ac.uk

Media and Communication website

Why Leicester?

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.

As the UK’s leading provider of postgraduate distance learning courses, the University of Leicester is a centre for e-learning and is committed to the further development of flexible learning systems.

Leading scholars from many different institutions around the world have created learning materials which are exclusive to our courses and which build into an invaluable resource for the study of the media.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

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.

Year 2

Year 2

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.

Additional Information

Key Dates

Start date: 23 October 2016
Application deadline for October 2016: 7 October 2016

Please note this will be the last intake for this course.

What's the difference?

If you apply for a PGDip, you will study the same core and option modules as the MA but you will not complete the dissertation.

If you apply for an MA you can choose to stop after completing the required modules, and receive a PGDip instead.


Teaching and Assessment

This distance learning course will be taught primarily through the study of texts and other media including email, website and audio-visual resources. There will be provision for some face-to-face tuition.

The teaching materials produced for our distance learning courses are the product of very considerable preparation, drawing on a range of expertise from universities around the world and assessed by experts of high standing.

The flexibility of materials-based learning offers you more scope to develop study patterns that fit in with your preferred pace of study and are adapted to your particular needs and circumstances.

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you with all academic aspects of the course. Our Distance Learning Office is another point of contact and support. Study support is also provided by the online conference which all registered students, personal tutors, alumni and others can subscribe to. All you require is an email connection.

Course conferences are held annually in the UK and arrangements may be made elsewhere where there are sufficient numbers of students. Conferences are open to all students. They provide an invaluable opportunity to meet fellow students and academic staff.

In Year 1 you will complete five written assignments and one examination. In Year 2 you will complete four written assignments and a dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words.

Distance Learning

Online learning is an important feature of this course, therefore it is essential that you have reliable, regular access to the internet (preferably with a broadband connection) in order to participate.

As a distance learning student, you will have access to the University Library's electronic service, the Leicester Digital Library, which includes a large number of e-journals and e-books. You are also welcome to join campus-based activities (by prior arrangement) at any time.

If you live close to Leicester you can, of course, visit the Library in person. For UK-based students who wish to use other libraries, we can issue you with a card which allows you to do so. This is a national scheme which allows distance learning students to borrow material from up to three other participating libraries.

Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent professional qualification

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

You may be invited to submit an entry assignment in support of your application.

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.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee for the MA or the PGDip. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in October 2016

    • £9,310

    Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee. 

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility? (MA only; not available for PGDip)

     

  • This is the total course fee for the MA or the PGDip. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in October 2016

    Find out more about how to pay and scholarships 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.

    Careers

    Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

    Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
    New Media and Society MA 2 years by distance learning October each year Apply Now
    New Media and Society PGDip 18 months by distance learning October each year Apply Now
    Course
    New Media and Society
    Qualification
    MA
    Duration
    2 years by distance learning
    Start Dates
    October each year
    Availability
    Course
    New Media and Society
    Qualification
    PGDip
    Duration
    18 months by distance learning
    Start Dates
    October each year
    Availability