If you enjoy following and responding to the important issues of the day or wish to pursue a media-based career, this course engages with contemporary developments and debate in media, communication and culture.
We aim for you to be able to question, critique and make your voice stand out from the crowd on topical debates around feminism, identity in a digital world, global and transnational media events, international media industries, distribution networks, memes and viral campaigns, among others.
Our course was one of the first in the postgraduate field of communication, culture and media in the UK. We aim for our teaching to be underpinned by meaningful, research-based and real-life projects, collaborating with our network of international partners from countries including Finland, Australia, Japan and America.
„There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.” So said the African American writer, poet and civil rights activist Audre Lorde.
On this course, we will explore the feelings and emotional responses created by contemporary media and culture; together we will discover new ways of making sense of and creatively interpreting our 21st century world.
Intercultural collaboration is placed at the heart of this programme to help us effectively shape new ways of understanding our complex mediated world. We encourage you to collaborate effectively, with the ability to work in transnational contexts, to acknowledge cross-cultural difference and to welcome its personal and group-level benefits.
Internationalisation starts in the classroom – with its diverse UK, EU and international student community. It continues with meaningful, research and experience-based projects, the relevance and influence of which spans the globe – from Australia to Thailand, America to France, and China to Finland – and engages international expert opinion from leading scholars and practitioners.
Our course is more than simply research-led, theory-based or practice-inspired; each module caters to new developments in media as a discipline, combining a distinct approach to creation, criticism and curation and placing you at the forefront of contemporary thinking. We aim to cover all aspects of media, communications and cultural studies, from digital media, transnational identities, screen and moving image, new workplace practices, academic research in a digital context, media distribution, international film markets and genres, and contemporary experiences of health, wealth and happiness.
The course aims to critically explore these topics, addressing important issues of the day and responding creatively to media events as they occur. We will work with you to think about how we can apply the most relevant concepts that represent the state of the field, and produce new accounts that address the complexity of contemporary media forms.
Working at a higher degree level, there is the opportunity to work across cultures as media experts, creative, professional communicators and researchers in the arts and cultural industries. You will participate in experience-based learning with three separate opportunities to participate in outward-facing exercises – anything from running your own film festival to starting your own company – providing the chance to get real-life evidence of event management and project management, valuable in any profession.
Why choose this course?
Our theory into practice approach blends the study of media and culture with an exciting range of active assignments and real-life projects to develop creative, critical and digital skills of relevance in the professional world.
We aim to create a supportive and collaborative environment where students and staff work together on important and topical issues. You could find yourself tasked with hosting your own photographic exhibition, arranging professional academic conferences or taking a trip to the capital cities of France, Germany or the Netherlands. Alternatively, you may be invited to collaborate with one of our many professional partners – for example, with companies like ESL Games, who host professional live games tournaments.
Study is based in a converted 1930s art deco cinema, which offers a range of purpose designed spaces, including our new TV Studio ‘The Tank’ and the Media Loans Shop. We have a global creative community with students from several different countries and highly respected staff, which include the Director of the East Winds, an internationally recognised East Asian film festival, and staff who have published internationally recognised research in journals and books.
Taking full advantage of our extensive networks, we host guest lectures, which in the past have included senior academics from the UK, Finland and Turkey with expertise including: media fandom, cult film/TV and audiences in the digital era; the sociology of science and technology, including ethnographic studies of scientific culture, information technology and the Internet; on gender, media and the body; and journalistic culture and news production in international news organisations. This is an opportunity to speak to experts and engage with ideas at the cutting-edge of the field. We also draw in specialisms from the School of Media and Performing Arts, such as photography, media production and digital media.
We also aim to provide insight from research being conducted within the University itself, which is exploring disruptive social and open media, creative archiving, immersive, mobile and interactive media. Our staff aim to share their most recent knowledge with you, while our quarterly Media Research Seminars allow you to network with internationally leading scholars.
International experience opportunities
The nature of course content is inherently international, studying media and cultural practices throughout the world. You will have opportunities to hear from practitioners and academic experts from across Europe. We also organise a range of fieldtrips overseas – previously to Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris, where students work in groups to carry out bespoke research projects and produce film, photography or data collection to address important research questions.