Mass Communications MA

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 units addressing central aspects of media.

You can tailor the course to your own interests through the final project, in the form of a dissertation, based on a media research project.

Intermediate qualifications available:

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

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course Level - Postgraduate
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start Dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Year
  • Attendance - Full-time | Part-time day

Why choose this course?

  • Study with specialists in media theory, media and audience studies, radio, political communications and social media, using case studies selected from real-world media output
  • Explore areas of media including: media theories and methods; media institutions and how they operates within regulations and policies; the central issues and concepts informing the study of the media in a cultural diverse environment as the nowadays society
  • Develop your specialist knowledge in areas of the media of specific interest to you
  • Gain from our 15 years’ research experience and expertise in 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.

What will I learn?

Units

  • 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

How will I be assessed?

The course is fully compliant with University regulations for assessment, mitigation, appeals and complaints. The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that are required in a professional environment.

Assessments take a variety of forms including written work (essay, report, research proposal, dissertation) oral presentations, and practical work (empirical research).

For some assessments there will be opportunity for formative feedback on assessments-in-progress before the assessment deadline and you are encouraged to integrate formative and summative feedback into your work in order to develop as mass media experts and academic researchers.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

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 a variety of media outlets; copywriting, public relations work; in-house press office positions; teaching; media research; and academia.


Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and funding

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £6,990 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £12,000 per year

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

EU students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student