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MLitt Media & Communication

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Key facts

  • Start date: January & September
  • Application deadline: August
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time: 24 months part-time
  • Ranked: 2nd in UK for Communication and Media Studies, The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Study with us

  • develop expertise in strategic communications to support a career in corporate communications, public relations, or academic research into these areas
  • learn to apply media and communication theories across international contexts and media platforms
  • provides media and communication professionals with an informed and critical perspective on the future of communications; future researchers and academics will gain advanced skills in media and communications
  • opportunity to work with external clients
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Why this course?

Media & Communication 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. While on the course, there's opportunity to work with external clients.

Facilities

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.

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Course content

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.

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.

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.

Assessment

The course will be assessed by a combination of written assignments, group and individual presentations, case studies and media production.

2nd for Communication & Media Studies. Complete University Guide 2022.

The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019 and 2021.
The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019 and 2021.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 - Scottish University of the Year.
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 - Scottish University of the Year.

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based right in the very heart of Glasgow. We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

Life in Glasgow

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

First- or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in Media and Cultural Studies, English Studies, or a related discipline.

An undergraduate degree in media or communication is not a prerequisite for this programme and we would be delighted to welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds.

Entry may be possible with other qualifications and/or work experience: i.e. applicants who haven’t met the degree requirement but obtained substantial professional experience in relevant areas (public /private / third sector organisations related to international relations / public administration / community development, etc.) will be considered.

English language requirements

Please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

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

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding

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

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Scotland

Full-time: £7,300
Part-time (Year 1):  £3,650*

*Please note second year will be subject to increases

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

Full-time: £7,300
Part-time (Year 1):  £3,650*

*Please note second year will be subject to increases

International

£16,400

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Visa & immigration

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

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

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Scholarships

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Media and communication technologies shape how we organise our societies and how we deal with one another. More than this, communication influences our sense of what it is to be human. If the world is to be a better, more intelligent and more ethical place, the need for successful, persuasive and ethical communication becomes ever keener.
Michael Higgins
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