Media and Communication MA
MA Media and Communication
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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.
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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
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
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 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
- Media Contexts (30 credits)
- Media Cultures and Industries (30 credits)
- Media Politics (30 credits)
- Research Methods (30 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
- Industry Study (30 credits)
- Short Dissertation (30 credits)
- Short Screenwriting Project (30 credits)
Changes to course content
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 and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
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.
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:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- screenplay development
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:
- September/October to December/January – teaching block 1
- January/February to May – teaching block 2
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- individual oral presentations
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £7,450
- EU students – £7,450 (including Transition Scholarship)
- International students – £15,500
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,730 per year
- EU students – £3,730 (including Transition Scholarship)
- International students – £7,750 per year
All fees are subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
You may be required to spend £100 - £200 per annum on sundry materials.
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.
If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you may wish to purchase extra materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project.
Also, if the project involves working with an external client, you may have to pay travel costs for attending occasional development meetings. These may be in the region £50 - £100.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) 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.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.