Media and Communications (MA)

Postgraduate School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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.

Media and Communications (MA)

1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)

Number of Credits

MA: 180 credits
PGDip: 120 credits
PGCert: 60 credits

Start date

September 2023

Degree Type




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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 quantitative 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.

How you'll learn

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.

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How you'll be assessed

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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.

Career options

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.

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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

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.

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.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2023 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International
£9,250 £16,500

Validation and curriculum review

What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.

The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

What is curriculum review?
Curriculum review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.

The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

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Our Research

Research conducted in the School of Arts covers a wide range of diverse and innovative arts practices, from dance and drama to journalism, film, media, linguistics and computing. Our School of Arts is divided into three subject areas: Dance; Drama, Theatre and Performance; and Communication, Culture and Media. Click here to view our research page.

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