International Media and Communication Studies MA


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MA International Media and Communications Studies
1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time
Entry requirements
Entrants will normally be expected to hold at least an upper second class Honours Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences.
Other requirements
For students whose first language is not English, language tests will apply - see IELTS requirements. Test results should be no more than two years old.
7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


Develop a substantively and methodologically rigorous approach to the challenges of international media communication today.
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Developing on the basis of significant expertise in the culturally and historically contextualised understanding of media and communications practices, this masters programme will provide students with the opportunity to develop a substantively and methodologically rigorous approach to the challenges of international media communication today. Modules explore the rapidly changing world of contemporary communications practices and the problems such practices raise for the historical legacy of European Enlightenment traditions of thinking about economics, politics, society, and culture. The programme brings cutting edge research from a range of disciplinary specialisms to bear on an analysis and exploration of the broader “world-historical” dynamics of heavily technologized media transformation and the challenges this creates.


Key facts

  • The department benefits from the input and close collaboration of other departments within the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies as well as staff from the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • The department is strongly international and offers excellent opportunities for staff, postgraduate students and undergraduate students to benefit from its wide range of international collaborative arrangements.
  • You will be able to take advantage of a thriving postgraduate teaching and research culture of the highest quality, including opportunities to share their work and ideas with students in other related research programmes.

Course details


You will study a series of key topics:

  • the history of contemporary media communications
  • new forms of political economy
  • agency in an era of digital media
  • geography and information infrastructures
  • the ethics and politics of communication practices
  • the symbolic and aesthetic forms of contemporary media

Module options in the first semester of study will give students the opportunity to develop specific expertise in culture critical aspects of the aesthetics of communication or in industry-focused approaches to cultural production, deepening their appreciation of both the theoretical and practical aspects of the international framework of media communication.



Compulsory modules:

  • Issues and Challenges in Contemporary Media
  • Technology and the Transformations of Communication
  • A modern language (see options below)
  • Dissertation

Optional modules (subject to availability):

  • Aesthetics and Politics   
  • The Cultural Industries 
  • Visualising conflict

For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.

Non-subject specific modules

All students will take the following module:

Research Methods: The Laboratory of the Arts

This module enhances students’ research skills, to support engagement in high-level research on a disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and transdisciplinary basis. An array of research techniques and methodologies will be critically reviewed and students will develop skills in gathering research insights from a range of sources drawn from across the Faculty. 

Professional development modules

Depending on your course you will also have the option to select from a range of professional development modules.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



If you choose to study with us, there are various sources of funding to which you can apply. Some are administered by the school, others by research bodies to which the school has links, and others by the University and central government sources. These opportunities are often specific to particular degree programmes, or to the fee-status of a student, so it is important to read all related information very carefully.

More information about funding can be found on the following web pages.

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies funding pages

University of Nottingham Graduate School funding pages

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Average starting salary and career progression

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*

In 2016, 96.6% of postgraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £25,314 with the highest being £35,000.**

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

**Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.  

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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