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 the research skills relevant for this area of study.

Course Description

The MA in New Media and Society provides a comprehensive grounding in the theories, approaches and research necessary for studying and analysing new media and information structures and processes in both micro and macro contexts.

You will look in depth at new media technologies and their impact and influences on society, culture, politics and human psychology. The course will provide you with a critical understanding of the historical background and recent developments and trends in new media. You will also gain a comprehensive understanding of the key concepts associated with the new media, including the network society, digital capitalism, online behaviour, persuasive digital environments and digitalisation.

This degree will equip you with the ability to reflect critically on the relationship between new media and society and you will develop research skills specifically developed for new media and the online world (social network analysis, opinion mining etc.), which will enable you to engage confidently with all aspects of new media and new technologies.

The course combines five core modules, and one or two option modules from a selection of more than 20 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 and highly qualified tutors and leading researchers in the field.

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

Course Structure

Core modules

Core modules

Plus a 14,000-word 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:


Choose one option module from:

  • The Cultural Industries: Theory, Policy and Practice
  • Gender Politics in Contemporary Media
  • Studying Film
  • Humanitarianism, Ethics and the Media
  • Advanced Principles of Audience Research
  • Critical Game Studies
  • The Social/Cultural Construction of Science, Health and the Environment

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.

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, if you complete the Masters degree, your dissertation of approximately 14,000 words.

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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
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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