MLitt Media & Communication

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Key facts

  • Start date: January & September
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time: 24 months part-time
  • 1st in the UK for Communication & Media Studies (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

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.


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.

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner
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Course content

Please note that the below is an indicative list of classes. These are subject to change.

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.


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

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At first, I was doubtful as I hadn't heard of this university but now I'm sure I've made the right choice. It really is the place of useful learning. I would recommend it to anyone thinking of coming to Scotland.
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This university has a great reputation in the market and they have the best academic staff. I have thought in my wildest dreams that one day I would be studying in one of the most prestigious universities in the UK.
Media and Communication student Kyndall Green

Kyndall Green

The professors are a great support system, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s hard to find highlights as I haven’t travelled to campus, but the professors have been an excellent and open resource to make the academic year feel as normal as possible.
Media and Communication student Qinrui Li

Qinrui Li

This is a very practical course and you will meet many outstanding people as your classmates. They may already be editors or reporters of well-known media organizations. You can learn from them and find a unique way of looking at problems.

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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-UK/Ireland) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde.

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

Please note: Previous Maths & English qualifications and your undergraduate degree must meet GTCS minimum entry requirements as well as the pre-Masters course and an interview will be conducted before an offer can be made.

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Fees & funding

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

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Scotland, England, Wales & Northern Ireland

Full-time: £8,700
Part-time*: £4,350

*Please note: Year 2 fee will be subject to an increase



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Visa and 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.

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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.
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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.

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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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We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 140 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Start date: Jan 2025

Media and Communication (January intake)

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