University of Westminster

Course Introduction

This course offers an analysis of the political, economic, cultural and sociological factors which shape the practices and outcomes of mass media; it give students the opportunity to study and research the main ways in which social scientists have analysed the role of the mass media and communication, and how to develop, evaluate and apply research to evaluate those theories.

Course Modules

Semester 1: core modules: dissertation module; theories of communication option modules; global media; political analysis of communications policy; political economy of communication; study skills (no credits); technology and communications policy. Semester 2: core module: approaches to media and communication research; option modules; Chinese media; development and communications policy; media, activism and censorship; media audiences; media business strategy; policies for digital convergence.

Course Additional Entry

Students should possess, or are expecting, a 1st degree (equivalent to at least an upper 2nd or a minimum grade point average of 3.00) from a recognised university in a humanities or social sciences discipline and/or have relevant professional experience; particular consideration is given to mature applicants; the testing nature of the degree means that students must be able to write and speak fluent English; if English is their 2nd language, students should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 in listening to, speaking, reading and writing English or 250 to 600 TOEFL or equivalent (including 4.5 TWE); applicants may additionally be asked to write 500 words on a topic assigned by the university; as far as possible, telephone interviews are conducted before offers of admission are made; in these, the interviewer looks for evidence of interest in and commitment to the study of communication, as well as analytical skills.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £14,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,250  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Day
MA (Postgraduate) £1,500  Credit module. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Day
MA (Postgraduate) £750  Credit module. First year home fees