Media and Communication (MA)

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Media and Communication at University of Portsmouth

Overview

The media industry is changing quickly, and success depends on keeping up. If you're preparing for a career in this exciting field, our MA Media and Communications degree course will help you stand out from the competition.

You'll unpack the current and historic effects of media on society, and learn about how traditional and new media can be used to communicate different messages. You'll combine cultural, historical and industry-specific analysis with theoretical study, and develop a deeper critical appreciation for the media too. You'll also have the chance to test your creativity, by producing screenplays and TV scripts.

Once you graduate, you'll be able to pursue roles across the media industry, including publishing, journalism, scriptwriting, film and media management.

What you'll experience

On this Media and Communication degree course, you'll:

  • Study a range of political, industry-based, and text-based approaches to media and its communication strategies, in film, television, magazines, newspapers, fiction, graphic novels and comics
  • Research, analyse and critique film and tv scripts
  • Understand the important themes in the media industry, including media politics, media cultures and media industries
  • Produce screenplays for film and television while working with a specialist tutor
  • Develop your own interests through your dissertation, industry study, screenwriting project or work placement project
  • Be supported by a team of experienced lecturers who have researched and published in their specialist areas, and who bring those specialisms to their teaching sessions
  • Use our University research services, including open access computing facilities and our extensive library and online resources
  • Get involved in our dynamic research culture through your film and TV dissertation
  • Engage with our researchers and published experts, many of whom are well known internationally in the field

Work experience and career planning

If you choose the optional 'Industry study' unit, you'll conduct an extended and individual study of a media industry, which can include a work placement. Many students have found this work placement to be advantageous when securing a role after their studies.

Whichever units you choose, we'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. 

When you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this MA Media and Communication degree course

Core modules

  • Media Contexts (30 credits)
  • Media Cultures and Industries (30 credits)
  • Media Politics (30 credits)
  • Research Methods (30 credits)

Optional modules

  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Industry Study (30 credits)
  • Short Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Short Screenwriting Project (30 credits)

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • seminar
  • lectures
  • screenplay development

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • individual oral presentations

Careers and opportunities

On this course, you'll develop the necessary expertise to prepare you for roles within the media and other creative industries, in particular film and television. You'll also be well prepared for further postgraduate study, such as a PhD or teaching qualification.

What can you do with a Media and Communication degree?

Career opportunities include:

  • film and media management
  • teaching
  • writing
  • scriptwriting
  • journalism
  • media

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance/tuition-fees-living-costs-and-other-study-costs

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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