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Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in social sciences or humanities.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Media History is an innovative programme that provides an understanding and appreciation of the history, role and influence of media, communication and cultural processes and institutions.

Taught by a leading and internationally-recognised team of scholars based in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities' Centre for Research in Communication and Culture, the programme provides a unique opportunity to explore one of the liveliest inter-disciplinary fields in the social sciences and humanities. A key focus is on the various challenges and changes that have shaped the development of media including the press, cinema, photography, broadcasting and digital platforms. The programme also provides an introduction to the evolution of various cases and controversies relating to the economic, political and cultural impact and significance of these phenomena.

You will be introduced to debates relating to the scope, methods and trajectory of cultural media history through analysis of classic texts and consideration of more contemporary perspectives. Different modules interrogate the social, cultural and political ramifications of developments in media history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Consideration is given to major relevant developments: mass literacy and the printed press; visual culture such as photography, cartoons and advertising; popular entertainment such as cinema and music; journalism and broadcasting; and propaganda and persuasion. Related themes that will be explored include: leisure and consumerism, the public sphere and opinion formation, and state-building and collective identities.

Our MA degrees have a diverse mix of national and international students on them. Studying abroad, especially at postgraduate level, can be a challenging experience. We have over ten years of experience in supporting international postgraduate taught students alongside our domestic students and have designed our curriculum to reflect this.

In collaboration with the Academic Language Support Service, we have designed a bespoke package of study skills support that is run through the dissertation module in the first term. It supports you in using and interpreting academic literature, referencing, critical thinking and developing your own writing style.

We run a personal tutor system so that you will have a dedicated member of staff with whom you meet regularly to discuss your progress and academic development.

Who should study this programme?

Our MA Media History is ideal if you want to:

  • Gain a systematic and critical awareness of current issues and debates relevant to the interdisciplinary field of media history
  • Develop skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods and techniques relevant to the historical investigation of media
  • Develop an interdisciplinary approach combining historical and media studies
  • Interpret, evaluate and apply advanced knowledge in the discipline in an innovative way
  • Prepare for employment in diverse professional environments through a combination of independent work and industry exposure
  • Critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about historical and media studies

Information for international students

See our website for information for international students.

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 223365