Media and communication student presenting research
UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2019

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

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.

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

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 module worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

Modules

Core modules
  • Research Methods
  • Media Contexts
  • Media Politics
  • Media Cultures and Industries
Optional modules
  • Short screenwriting project
  • Industry study
  • Dissertation

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • seminar
  • lectures
  • screenplay development

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • individual oral presentations

Entry requirements​

MA Media and Communication Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

  • Full-time: £7,000
  • Part-time: £3,500 (may be subject to annual increase)

International students:

  • Full-time: £13,900
  • Part-time: £6,950 (may be subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You may need to spend between £100 - £200 on additional equipment and materials, depending on the nature of the project that you choose.

Apply

Apply for this course using our online application form

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 

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