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Postgraduate study

MA Media and Communications

Over the last two decades, developments in digital communication technologies have profoundly transformed personal and professional lives around the globe. This has led to expanding roles for communications graduates in all types of areas: business, education, science, the culture industries, and the third sector, to name but a few.

No longer the preserve of radio, television and advertising, every organisation now requires communications professionals, content creators, and platform managers. This exciting new MA (accepting students for September 2023) introduces students to the latest methodologies, theories, concepts, and research trends in this vibrant interdisciplinary field. It offers a range of theory-driven modules alongside practice-based modules, which inform and speak to each other. In doing so, it provides the advanced level foundation for the next generation of communications professionals, media researchers, and educators.

The programme galvanizes the diverse and innovative research undertaken in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. It is taught by leading researchers with specialisms in areas including Critical Media Studies, Critical Data Studies, Infrastructure Studies, Video Games Studies, and Internet Studies, and who approach the study of Media and Communications from a variety of empirical and critical-interpretative methodological vantage points.

Students benefit from access to unique research resources such as the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum and Digital Humanities Lab, and enjoy access to dedicated postgraduate study spaces and computer labs within the Department of Communications, Drama and Film.