Understand how media and communications shapes our social, cultural and political discourse – and how you can make a material impact on the world through effective strategic communication.
1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)
Number of credits:
MA: 180 credits
PGDip: 120 credits
PGCert: 60 credits
A professionally oriented course which will provide you with the critical skills to succeed in communications, public relations and marketing industries.
Learn from experts and practitioners working in the industry.
Combines creative and professional skills with critical engagement with social issues.
Study in our brand new, state of the art media facilities – find out more.
Course and Module Details
This professionally orientated MA Media and Communications course is aimed at providing you with the practical and theoretical knowledge to understand and work within the media industry both in the UK and internationally.
Throughout this course, you will develop the digital and professional skills in audience research, the production of audio-visual media content, and data analytics to successfully execute and evaluate digital communications campaigns.
You will gain critical skills in qualitative and quantative research methods which will help you to conduct descriptive statistical analysis of your communications and reflect on the critical and ethical concepts of media through different formats.
In the Autumn semester, you will learn the common conceptual and theoretical understanding of media whilst developing the fundamentals of data analysis, research, and audio-visual media production.
In the Spring semester, you will expand on your critical and professional skills that will enable you to create purpose-driven communications campaigns and produce compelling narratives across media platforms.
Finally, you will complete a Major Project which will demonstrate the skills learnt in research, production, and evaluation as you build a professional-standard digital communications campaign and critically reflect the outcome.
This course will be conducted through seminars and practical workshops where students will be supported to build their abilities to a professional level. Teaching will be led by subject- specialists with input from practitioners offering guest presentations and workshops.
Assessments on this course will be conducted to resemble professional formats and focus on building your individual portfolio with emphasis on preparing you for working in a professional environment after graduation.
You will complete your MA with the powerful understanding of how different types of media can be deployed to facilitate social and cultural change and be well placed to enter numerous industries that require multi-skilled communications professionals.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
The MA programme is designed with professional communications roles in mind. There is significant growth in employment opportunities within the new and emerging media and communications roles for graduates with strong digital communications and production skills.
Career routes for graduates include:
- Market and audience-research roles
- Social media and web analytics roles within communications teams
- Social media executive (creating content and coordinating social media activity)
- Digital media officer
- (digital) media planner
You will also be able to conduct yourself in similar roles that require a combination of analytical, creative and communications skills.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interview, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll have the opportunity to work with your partners across London and beyond, and also attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
How to apply
You can now apply for any programme for any entry point in 2023.
All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.
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- View our entry requirements for postgraduate programmes
- View our general entry criteria and application FAQs below
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
No, you can save and revisit your application form and can contact us directly at any time if you need advice or assistance.
If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.
Find out more on our accommodation pages.
Doing all we can to support our students' lives at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.