MA Communication and Media
This diverse programme addresses the cultural, social, political and economic questions in media and communications. Taught by leading researchers in the field, you’ll gain an insight into the complexities of the global media landscape.
If you’re already working in the communications and media industries, or want to deepen your understanding of the role communication plays in society, then this programme offers a multidisciplinary approach to the complex relationships between media and communications, people and organisations in global societies.
Core modules will give you the theoretical background to examine areas such as representation, media and power, the public sphere and audiences. You’ll explore how these principles relate to topical issues. Then you’ll focus on aspects of the subject that interest you, when you choose optional modules on topics such as the international film industry, public relations, communication in development contexts, or political communication.
Our School has a range of fantastic facilities to support your studies. The 58-seat Phil Taylor Cinema is equipped with Dolby Digital sound and high-definition projection facilities, as well as projectors for 16mm and 35mm film.
You can also work on your own projects in our 44 editing suites, equipped with Avid Media Composer editing software and Adobe Creative Cloud. The fully equipped TV studio also has a large green screen area, lighting and photo-flash facilities. We also have a track and dolly, sliders, Glidecam and various cranes, and you’ll have access to a new photographic dark room.
We also run a loans service where you can borrow a range of HD digital camcorders and various Canon stills cameras to help with your project work.
You’ll study two core modules that lay the foundations of the programme, exploring theoretical approaches to communication and media. One of these will consider issues such as de-westernising media and communication studies, interpersonal communication, media and power and the concept of the public sphere. You’ll then use these theories to take a critical approach to real-world issues, as well as developing your own perspectives on topics that interest you.
On top of this, you’ll build specialist knowledge through your choice of optional modules. These vary every year, but can include topics such as television narrative, media and globalisation, urban narratives, and media and democratisation. The optional modules allow you to focus on topics that suit your own interests or perhaps reflect your career plans.
Throughout the year, you’ll also be preparing for your dissertation through the Dissertation and Research Methods module. Your dissertation is a major independent research project on a topic of your choice, which you submit at the end of the year.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll complete the MA over two years, instead of one, taking fewer modules each year.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Critical Issues in Media and Communication 30 credits
- Media and Communication Theory 30 credits
- Dissertation and Research Methods 60 credits
- Technology, Media and Critical Literacy 30 credits
- Communication and International Affairs 30 credits
- Public Relations Theory 30 credits
- Public Relations, Culture and Society 30 credits
- Feminism, Identity and Media 30 credits
- Media, Culture and Globalisation 30 credits
- International Film Industries 30 credits
- The Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives 30 credits
- The Reporting of Politics 30 credits
- Innovations in Political Communication 30 credits
- Politics and the Media 30 credits
- Communication and Public Opinion 30 credits
- Multimedia Journalism 30 credits
- Communication and Development 30 credits
- The Cultural History of Promotional Communication 30 credits
- Radio Technologies, Industries and Cultures 30 credits
- Identity, Culture and Technology 30 credits
- Urban Narratives 30 credits
- Cultures of Contemporary Photography 30 credits
- Cinematics and Photography 30 credits
- Integrated Communication 30 credits
- Rhetoric and Public Speaking 15 credits
- Managing Business Across Cultures 15 credits
- International Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice 15 credits
- Writing for Professional Purposes 15 credits
- Critical Debates in Culture and Place 30 credits
- Researching Inequality in the Media 30 credits
- Reality TV: Truth or Fiction? 30 credits
Learning and teaching
MA modules will use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, group learning and project work, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Independent study is also crucial to this degree, as an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the subjects introduced in lectures and seminars, and to develop your skills in analysis and research. You should anticipate spending at least 20 hours per week on independent study associated with your modules.
We use various methods to assess your progress, depending on the modules you choose. These could include essays, presentations, project work and reports, case studies and in-course assessment of your contribution to group tasks.
You'll gain diverse and in-depth subject knowledge from this programme, as well as sophisticated skills in research, analysis, interpretation and oral and written communication. You’ll also develop stronger cultural and critical awareness of the world around you. All of this is very attractive to employers.
Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers that reflect the breadth of the discipline, including communications advisors, public relations practitioners, media executives, and corporate managers. The programme also offers an excellent foundation for PhD study.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.