Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant social science.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Contribute to a changing multimedia environment by exploring the unique balance between theory and practice in our programme
  • Stand out with employers by gaining an in-depth understanding of the latest changes in media culture, and developing your own innovative ideas
  • Be inspired by our lecturers who create podcasts, advise the government and give expert commentary on television and radio
  • Use our hi-tech digital media equipment for your practical assessments
  • Take part in our end of year Media Showcase and impress the audience with your creativity

Media culture is changing at a rapid pace. New technologies, platforms and organisations emerge while others are threatened with extinction. What are the implications? What specialist skills do you need to develop?

At the heart of digital innovation

On our programme, you’ll look at the culture, society and theories that bring new ideas to the media industry. You’ll explore issues around digital technology and identity, develop high-level skills in critical analysis and get hands-on experience in areas like digital journalism and visual storytelling.

Some modules include practical assessment such as creating a video or documentary, where you’ll consider the theory behind what you produce. It’s this combination of knowledge and skills that employers find so valuable – and that puts you in a prime position to work in this exciting and rapidly changing industry.

Great resources to hand

Our academics contribute to the public debate on key issues in media culture, so you can be confident you’ll be part of a vibrant community at the forefront of the latest thinking. Plus, you’ll have access to the latest digital media equipment to help you complete your practical coursework.

To help you make the most out of the course, you’ll also be given a personal academic tutor to discuss your progress on a one-to-one basis.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Sociology Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1524 593148