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Course summary

Explore the rapidly changing world of contemporary communications practices, and the problems such practices raise in terms of economics, politics, society and culture. International in its scope and outlook throughout, the course engages with the globalisation of media and communication and the de-Westernisation of media studies. We explore a range of theories and perspectives from around the world as well as empirical findings from transnational comparative research. Particular themes we'll cover include:

  • media and cultural labour
  • agency and power in a digital era
  • the ethics and politics of communication practices
Language learning is integral to the course. There are options across European, Asian and Arabic languages, with levels to suit your existing skills. We're a multidisciplinary department and you'll benefit from staff expertise across a range of specialisations, including:
  • media studies
  • digital media
  • critical theory
  • cultural studies
  • cultural industries
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Dissertation (60 credits) - together with your supervisor you'll select a topic and work on it throughout the year. Your supervisor will have regular meetings with you to provide advice and feedback as you go. Core taught modules (80 credits) - covering issues and challenges; technology and transformation; industry practices Optional taught module (20 credits) - choose from a range offered by the department Language modules (20 credits) - choose one from nine different European, Asian and Arabic languages, with levels to suit your existing skills. You must study the same language throughout your course.

Assessment method

Most communications and media modules are assessed through essays and presentations. Your dissertation will be an extended piece of work tailored to a specific topic of your choice. The language modules are assessed through set exams.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject such as media and/or communication, or another arts, humanities or social science subject with significant elements of media theory, media sociology, political economy, and/or digital communication. IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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International Media and Communications Studies MA at University of Nottingham - UCAS