This degree programme equips students with the skills and knowledge to engage critically and creatively with mass communications media. Students will be introduced to a range of processes whereby media and popular cultural texts and practices are produced, distributed, regulated and consumed.
Theoretical and methodological frameworks will be established for the coherent and systematic exploration of the language, forms and meanings of mass communications media and the relation between the production, reception and construction of meaning in communications and the media and the changing nature of our lived experience of culture. Students will be encouraged to develop knowledge of mass communications and the media in their historical contexts through the examination of an appropriate range of materials and practices.
In this respect, assessment methods will include the opportunity for practice based work, such as blogs, e-portfolio software such as Mahara, as well as photography and film work. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake work placements via a dedicated work placement module.
High-quality teaching staff
The teaching team has a strong research profile with publications in the area of cultural studies theory, culture and politics, tabloid culture, reality TV, the globalisation of media and culture, contemporary trends in the television industry, and travel writing.
Dr Caroline Bainbridge, Reader in Visual Culture
Caroline's research interests include emotion, psychoanalysis and popular culture; representations of gender in film, television and popular culture; and the role of media as psychological objects.
Dr Anita Biressi, Reader in Media Cultures
Anita Biressi convenes the MA. Her research interests include popular journalism and tabloid culture, media spectacle, social class and representation, reality programming, documentary and factual film and TV.
Dr Ben Cocking, Principal Lecturer in Media and Culture
Ben Cocking's research interests include news media, travel writing, postcolonial theory, and popular and subcultural theory.
Dr Karen Cross, Lecturer in Cultural Studies
Karen Cross's research interests include personal and popular photography, narratives of photography, critical perspectives on the everyday in art and theories of the amateur.
Dr Andrea Esser, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications
Andrea Esser's research expertise is in the transnationalisation and commercialisation of the media, particularly television, cultural policy and globalisation. Before joining academia in 2004, she worked in media consulting and publishing.
Heather Nunn, Professor of Culture and Politics
Heather Nunn's research expertise includes politics and the media, social class and representation, reality programming, documentary and factual film and television, gender politics and feminist media studies.
Chris Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies
Chris Roberts's research interests include television current affairs broadcasting and the appropriation of dramatic codes of representation, reality television and television's claim on notions of the real, accuracy and truth, sports coverage, sports broadcasting and national identity.
Dr Paul Rixon, Principal Lecturer in Media and Culture
Paul Rixon's research interests include: American television, quality television, television criticism, radio criticism, broadcasting policy and media technology. He has published work on British TV Critics and American programmes on British screens.