As elements of mass media converge, a broad understanding of the interconnectedness of the industry becomes increasingly useful. This course examines key issues of media and communication through units addressing central aspects of media. You can tailor the course to your own interests through the final project, in the form of a dissertation, based on a media research project.
Why choose this course?
- Study with specialists in media theory, media and audience studies, radio, political communications and social media, using case studies selected from real-world media output
- Explore areas of media including: media theories and methods; media institutions and how they operates within regulations and policies; the central issues and concepts informing the study of the media in a cultural diverse environment as the nowadays society
- Develop your specialist knowledge in areas of the media of specific interest to you
- Gain from our 15 years’ research experience and expertise in media and journalism
- Benefit from a degree that gives you valuable transferable and relevant skills enabling you to pursue careers in broadcasting, journalism, arts administration, photography, theatre, research, marketing, PR, sales and advertising, design and writing, or enable you to continue to an MPhil or PhD research degree.
To help with the development of students employability in the Course you will develop the ability to discuss complex ideas and theories in seminars, tutorials, group discussions, project planning meetings. You will also develop communication skills (learning strategies for using communications skills; working in small groups, interacting with fellow students; writing essays using appropriate written language; making oral presentations; being active and proactive in lectures and tutorials); skills in researching and evaluating, as well as in develop critical thinking in diverse media related situations, enhancing your ability to take an enquiring and critical viewpoint on material you encounter.
On this journey, you will be encouraged to become self-aware, critical reflective practitioners, through a series of teaching methods and assessments which will instil an autonomous approach to learning, expected at Masters level (see the University of Bedfordshire level M learner descriptors).
Students also have access to the RiMAP seminars delivered by external industry and academic speakers, and they are invited to alumni talks delivered by former students of the degree who are now working in the industry.
The transferable and relevant skills, which you will acquire remain in demand in the fields of a variety of media outlets; copywriting, public relations work; in-house press office positions; teaching; media research; and academia.