MA in Mass Communications

Course Description

The MA in Mass Communications provides a thorough grounding in the theories, approaches and research necessary for the study of media and communication processes in both the national and global contexts. The course combines an overview of the history and development of communication research with a critical analysis of current theories in the field. You will analyse key areas in mass communication including media production, organisation and control, news in the local, national and global context, media/new media roles and the political process, communication policy and regulation, and cross-national media and communication systems.

This course will enable you to engage critically with contemporary debates surrounding the social, political and cultural roles of media and communication in modern societies. You will investigate the quantitative and qualitative methods and approaches necessary for analysing all aspects of the communication process, from media organisations, media professionals and production to media content, audiences and cultural consumption. This postgraduate degree will equip you with the advanced analytical skills and knowledge you need to progress your professional career or to pursue further academic study in the rapidly expanding field of media and communication research.


Theories of Communication
Researching Media and Communication
Media, Activism and Politics
Media Cultures and Industry
Research Methods
Corporate Communication, PR and Advertising
Sports Journalism
Writing for Magazines
Media Dissertation

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class lower (2:2) in a relevant/related subject. 

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level

Assessment and feedback

Individual written assignments. Students are given formal written feedback on most coursework assignments submitted during the programme. The style and content of this feedback is dependent on the style of assessment.


From 12 Months onwards