MLitt Media & Communication

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Application deadline: August
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time: 24 months part-tim
  • Ranked: Top 10 in UK for Communication and Media Studies, Complete University Guide 2020

  • Placement: opportunity to work with outside clients

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
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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.

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.

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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.


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

Complete Uni Guide 2020 Communication & Media Studies

The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019.
QS Stars, Rated for Excellence - 5 stars.
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 in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

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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Entry requirements

Academic 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 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

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 will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 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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Dean's International Excellence Awards: Humanities and Social Science

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of £3,000 towards the first year of tuition fees of a full-time Masters, EdD Education or 1 year MRes programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

To apply for a Dean’s International Excellence Awards: Humanities & Social Sciences, candidates must:

  • Be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the academic year in September/October 2020.

Some scholarships have restrictions on other funding you can accept. This means that you have to decide which scholarship to accept.  For any University of Strathclyde award you are successful in applying for, you will receive the higher value award only.

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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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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 and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Strathclyde Alumni

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Alumni Discount

10% tuition fee discount is offered to all Strathclyde alumni completing a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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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 ethical communication becomes ever keener.
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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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Media and Communication

Qualification: MLitt
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

Media and Communication

Qualification: MLitt
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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