This course is ideal if you wish to pursue media, communications and cultural inquiry in order to develop a media-based career.
On this course you will cover all aspects of media, communications and cultural studies, from exploring cultural theories and concepts such as Marxism, post-Marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis, post-colonialism and globalisation, to the developments and debates around media and cultural industries such as TV, film, print media and the internet. You will analyse the politics of identity in the context of media and cultural representations, especially in the changing media and web landscape.
You’ll be taught by staff who have strong research profiles with publications in the area of cultural studies theory, culture and politics, tabloid culture, reality television, psychoanalysis, television history and industry, the globalisation of media and culture, contemporary trends in the television industry, as well as travel writing.
You will become a member of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC), giving you access to a diverse programme of research seminars, symposia and special events organised in collaboration with institutions such as the British Film Institute. Your studies are complemented by visiting lectures given by media and cultural industry professionals such as film makers and scholars from other institutions.
Roehampton's location in London is ideal for media and culture students as you can take advantage of your location by immersing yourself in the wealth of creative cultural institutions and media companies that the capital has to offer, unrivalled by any other city in the UK.
On the course, you will gain an in depth understanding of the role of the media in everyday life, and of its relation to culture and formations of identity and subjectivity.
You will be introduced to, and evaluate, a number of influential and important communication theories and concepts associated with the public sphere, globalisation, promotional culture, media organisations and new media, as well as discourse analysis.
You will engage with the politics of identity in the context of media and cultural representations and explore debates around social difference through a consideration of various defining conditions including gender, class, ethnicity, history, nationality, sexuality, taste and consumer choices.
You will also explore the representation of social reality and the social self in both mass and new media. By focusing on a range of non-fiction formats including reality television, ‘unscripted’ video, user-generated content and the development of the social web, you will address established and newer scholarly debates concerning ‘truth telling’, confession, surveillance and the production of knowledge about the self and its place in the world.
You’ll end the year by undertaking a dissertation or research project which will give you the opportunity to deepen your research skills and knowledge about a topic of particular interest to you.
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.
Caroline Bainbridge, Professor of Psychoanalysis and 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.
Anita Biressi, Professor of Media and Society
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 Karen Cross, Senior 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, Principal 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.
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.
Some of the modules we currently offer include:
The Politics of Identity
Communication and Culture: Theories and Approaches
Research Methods: Communication and Culture
Media and Memory
Global Media and Communications
The Media and the Social Self
Media, Culture and the Inner World
Identity, Travel and Culture
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
*In the Complete University Guide 2018, Roehampton is the highest-ranked modern university in London. Modern, or new, universities are defined as those granted university status post-1992. Complete University Guide does not itself define modern universities and does not produce a separate league table in which these are ranked.
MA: 180; PGDip: 120
1 year (full-time); 2-4 years (part-time)
£6,330 (2018; full-time UK/EU)
£352 per ten credits (2018; part-time UK/EU)
£14,466 (2018; full-time International)
£804 per ten credits (2018; part-time International)
Dr Andrea Esser
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