Candidates are expected to have a good honours degree from a recognised higher education institution, classification 2:1 or equivalent, in a media or social sciences discipline. Professional experience of working in media will also be considered.
Months of entry
The MA Media and International Development degree addresses current theories, practice and research surrounding the relationship between media and development. It focuses on communication for development and international coverage of development and developing countries as well as issues such as the role of media in governance, conflict and environmental change.
The media have a vital role to play in all aspects of development, including communicating development messages, promoting participation, facilitating the flow of information locally, nationally and internationally, encouraging charitable donations, promoting good governance, democracy, human rights and transitional justice or in delivering public health messages during emergencies.
One of the core modules of this MA is taught in collaboration with four other Schools in the University: School of Political, Social and International Studies, School of Economics, School of Film and Television Studies, and the Law School. This gives the MA a particularly unique interdisciplinary approach. Students also have the opportunity to take a wide range of optional modules from these different schools. For the academic year 2011-12, we will be introducing a new, 20 credit module called Media and Development in Practice.
This Masters degree also has strong links with a number of organisations working in this field including the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Media Scheme (CBA) and New Media Networks (NMN) who help to provide valuable resources, expertise and contacts.
Last year students attended a number of additional workshops and lectures from various visiting speakers including Professor Colin Sparks, University of Westminster, journalists from the Guardian newspaper and practitioners from various communication for development projects (including Mediae, New Media Networks and Health Images).
Teaching methods include a range of approaches and activities including seminars, lectures, video sessions and workshops. Assessment will be by essays, preparation for and participation in seminars and projects, a written examination, a dissertation and a media analysis.
Information for international students
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
Fees and funding
A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to UK/EU and International students. These are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Full details and application deadlines are available from the course web page.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Office
- +44 (0) 1603 591515