Taught course

Mass Communications

University of Bedfordshire · Division of Journalism and Communications

Entry requirements

UK applicants: should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level in the area of arts, humanities or social science; or significant media industry experience. Applications will be assessed using UKBA and University of Bedfordshire policy.

EU applicants: a good first degree and an English language qualification (English language) are required. See Entry requirements for more details.

International applicants: a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution and an English language qualification are required (English language requirements). We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience. See International contacts for details.


Months of entry

September, March

Course content

About the course
As elements of mass media converge, a broad understanding of the interconnectedness of the industry becomes increasingly useful. This course examines key issues of media and communication through core units addressing central aspects of media, followed by your choice of optional units including the media industries, publishing, international cinema and new media. Further tailor the course to your own interests through two self-directed independent study projects, which can be either a dissertation based on a media research project, or an approved practical project with a critical contextual study.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Mass Communications MA at Bedfordshire and:

  • Study with specialists in publishing studies, journalism, radio, cinema and new media, using case studies selected from real-world media output.
  • Explore areas of media including: media theories and methods; world cinema and global media since 1975; representation and reality; designing for the web; media and cyberculture; publishing, culture and technology; online industry and culture and film analysis.
  • Develop your specialist knowledge and contacts in areas of the media of specific interest to you.
  • Gain from our 15 years’ research experience and expertise in cinema, new media and journalism.
  • Benefit from a degree that gives you valuable transferable and relevant skills enabling you to pursue careers in broadcasting, journalism, arts administration, photography, theatre, research, marketing, PR, sales and advertising, design and writing, or enable you to continue to an MPhil or PhD research degree.
Key features
  • This course examines key issues of media and communication, introducing principles of cultural theories and media research methods, providing a broader understanding of how different aspects of the media interconnect.
Career opportunities

To help with the development of students employability in the Course you will develop the ability to discuss complex ideas and theories in seminars, tutorials, group discussions, project planning meetings. You will also develop communication skills (learning strategies for using communications skills; working in small groups, interacting with fellow students; writing essays using appropriate written language; making oral presentations; being active and proactive in lectures and tutorials); skills in researching and evaluating, as well as in develop critical thinking in diverse media related situations, enhancing your ability to take an enquiring and critical viewpoint on material you encounter.

On this journey, you will be encouraged to become self-aware, critical reflective practitioners, through a series of teaching methods and assessments which will instil an autonomous approach to learning, expected at Masters level (see the University of Bedfordshire level M learner descriptors).

Students also have access to the RiMAP seminars delivered by external industry and academic speakers, and they are invited to alumni talks delivered by former students of the degree who are now working in the industry.

The transferable and relevant skills which you will acquire remain in demand in the fields of publishing; copywriting, public relations work; in-house press office positions; teaching; media research; digital media production and academia.

Areas of study may include:
  • Current Research In Mass Communications (MED028-6) Compulsory
  • Final Project In Mass Communications (MED031-6) Compulsory
  • Media And International Development (MED026-6) Compulsory
  • Media Institutions Structures And Policies (MED029-6) Compulsory
  • Research Methods (MED030-6) Compulsory

Information for international students

Applications will be assessed using UKBA and University of Bedfordshire policy.

Check English language requirements at: English language requirements

Fees and funding


Fees are £6,800. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit Postgraduate loans.

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
up to 15 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (8000 words)

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