University of Westminster

Course Introduction

This course offers a flexible interdisciplinary exploration of key contemporary developments in the networked digital media environment. It will benefit those seeking to develop their understanding of contemporary communication and its societal, political, regulatory, industrial and cultural contexts. The course provides students with the opportunity to focus at postgraduate level on: Studying the ways in which social media and the internet shape and are shaped by social, economic, political, technological and cultural factors, in order to equip students to become critical research'oriented social media experts; developing reflective and critical insights into how social media and the internet are used in multiple contexts in society, and into which roles social media can play in various forms of organisations that are situated in these societal contexts. The aim is that students are equipped to become reflective and critical social media practitioners; gaining in'depth knowledge and understanding of the major debates about the social and cultural roles of social media and the internet; acquiring advanced knowledge and understanding of the key categories, theories, approaches and models of social media's and the internet's roles in and impacts on society and human practices; obtaining advanced insights into practical activity and practice'based work that relate to how social media and the internet work and which implications they have for social and cultural practices.

Course Additional Entry

Eligible students will typically; hold a 1st or upper second class Honours degree (or an international equivalent) in a media, communications, humanities, social science or management discipline; possess at least one year's professional experience in a creative, journalistic or commercial capacity. More importantly, students must bring commitment, an analytical approach, and demonstrate a real interest in the strategic and commercial challenges facing media organisations. Telephone interviews are conducted for suitable applicants.

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
MA (Postgraduate) £1,500  Credit module. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £850  Credit module. First year home fees