MLittMedia & Communication

Why this course?

The course will provide media and communication professionals with an informed and critical perspective on the future of communications, and future researchers and academics will gain advanced skills in media and communications.

It draws on the expertise of Strathclyde’s internationally-renowned media and communications academic staff, including experts in strategic communication, media and communication theory, media ethics and mediated populism. 

What you’ll study

You'll take four core classes covering the theory, history and practice in communication and media, a research skills class and two option classes in communications. You'll also write a 15,000-word dissertation.

Work placement

The course includes opportunities to produce assessed work with outside clients.


You'll have access to a library with more than 400,000 electronic books and 26,000 e-journals, accessible at any time from any device. Electronic resources include e-books, e-journals and other learning materials, alongside electronic databases such as Nexis® and the Communication and Mass Media Complete database.

Guest lectures

The course will feature a variety of guest lectures, and you'll have the opportunity to attend seminars from prominent scholars and practitioners.

Course content

Semester 1 classes

Communication & Media Theory in an International Context

You'll study the dominant media and communication theories, and their application across a number of international contexts and media platforms. You'll examine the trends and texts over a number of media contexts and genres, including popular cultural platforms and the coverage of politics, as well as dealing with the implications of international media on the mediation and public understanding of conflict and terrorism. 

Research Skills in Literature, Culture & Communication

You'll gain an understanding of the principles of research and academic writing based around major concepts in communications, literature and place, laying the foundations for the development of academic and professional research skills in communications and the humanities in preparation for your dissertation

Media and Communication Option

In consultation with the course coordinator, you'll choose one class to reflect your interests, from the range of postgraduate courses offered by the Faculty.

Semester 2 classes

From Broadcast to Participation: a History of Mediation

You'll examine the development and influence of specific media forms, both in the associated conventions and forms and in the relationship between media and the social and political realms. You'll also gain an understanding of the rise of participatory and social media, and of the relationship between interpersonal media, mass media and social media.

Strategic Communication

This class with afford you an advanced insight into the principles, tactics and ethical responsibilities of strategic communication.  Using appropriate case studies, the class will critically evaluate the necessary communication concepts, the position of stakeholders and strategic narratives, as well as the ethics of strategic communication in working with notions of corporate responsibility and social development.

Learning & teaching

You'll experience a variety of learning methods, including supervised production exercises. The core classes are based on a blend of lectures, seminar discussion and student-led teaching. Modes of delivery may vary in the option components of the course according to the classes you select. 


The course will assessed by an combination of written assignment, group and individual presentation, case study and media production.

Entry requirements

A first or second-class Honours degree in Media and Cultural Studies, or English Studies, or a related discipline. Other qualifications may be considered.

English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English, or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Vis and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • MLitt - £6,500

Rest of UK

  • MLitt - £6,500



  • MLitt - £13,500

How can I fund my course?

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry to a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


The MLitt in Media and Communication is designed to enhance employment prospects in media, as well as in communication industries such as public relations and corporate communications.

The strategic communication component of the programme will also increase the employability of graduates within the communication sections of other industry sectors, particularly within companies dealing with English-speaking markets.

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Media and Communication

Qualification: MLitt, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Media and Communication

Qualification: MLitt, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Media and Communication

Qualification: MLitt, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Media and Communication

Qualification: MLitt, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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