Taught course

Media History

Loughborough University · Department of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Media History is an innovative new 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 degree 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 degree 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.

The degree introduces 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 to be explored include: leisure and consumerism; the public sphere and opinion formation; and state-building and collective identities.

Who should study this programme?

Our MA Media History would be suitable for students wishing 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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