This multi-disciplinary degree will provide you with a unique academic challenge if you are looking to develop your career in media, creative and cultural industries, or build a future career in academia. The course combines cultural studies with media and sociology and explores processes and activities, from local to global levels.
Through a combination of core and optional modules, you will be introduced to the very latest research and theory in the study of our contemporary culture and the digital realm, and how our world is portrayed in the media. Option modules range from ´Humanitarianism, Ethics and the Media´ - which explores the ethical consequences and challenges of portraying distant suffering - to ´Critical Game Studies´, in which you will apply critical theory to the study of games and gaming technology.
As well as learning through lectures, seminars and tutorials, one of the core modules will include interviews and workshops with top researchers in the field of cultural sociology, as well as leading industry thinkers.
The course will develop your critical and analytical skills and give you a solid grounding in research methods and current theories – and help you apply them to your own area of research.
Because of its strong research and theoretical content, we expect this course to inspire many students to progress to a PhD on a relevant or related topic.
The information included on this webpage is indicative of the courses provided by the University of Leicester. Due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website and Terms and Conditions for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information before submitting an application.
2:1 degree from a British university in Media/Communication Studies, Politics, Sociology, Social/Cultural/Political Theory or Cultural Studies
Equivalent academic or professional qualification.
We can give special consideration to applicants who have significant work experience in a relevant field.
English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Issues in Media, Communication and Culture
Mass Communication Theory
Social and Cultural Theory
Plus a 14,000-word Dissertation
Option modules, choose three option modules from:
The Cultural Industries: Theory, Policy and Practice
Gender Politics in Contemporary Media
Humanitarianism, Ethics and the Media
Critical Game Studies
The Social/Cultural Construction of Science, Health and the Environment
Technology, Culture and Communication
Plus your Dissertation
This Masters degree will demonstrate to potential employers that you have a high level of knowledge in your particular area, which can set you apart from others in the job market. The course has a strong emphasis on research methods and training, which will have a practical application in the professional world.
Some of the key career destinations include new media organisations, as well as press and broadcast organisations with a new media component, international news agencies, government departments (e.g. publicity, education, health), advertising firms, public relations organisations, and many others.
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