MA Media and Communications

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Description

The media industry is in constant change. In a sector where success depends on keeping ahead of the trend, our MA Media and Communications degree course will help you stand out from the competition.

This extensive Master’s degree in Media and Communication will provide depth and breadth to your existing knowledge base. You’ll analyse the current and historic effects of media on society, and learn about how traditional and new media can be used to communicate different messages. You’ll combine cultural, historical, and industry-specific analysis with theoretical study and develop a deeper critical understanding of the media.

You’ll also have the chance to test your creativity by researching and writing in different forms, including screenplays and TV scripts, blogs, dissertations, industry reports, and essays. You can also do a self-sourced media mini-placement, which will provide you with practical experience and insight to give your skillset that extra competitive edge.

Once you graduate, you’ll be well placed to pursue roles across the media industry, including writing for television, publishing, journalism, media criticism, scriptwriting, film, and media management.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Find out more


For fees and funding options please visit website to find out more

Programme Funding

If you meet our criteria, you could get a £3000 tuition fees discount – visit website for details

Student Destinations

As a successful graduate of this course, you’ll have experienced a wide range of media forms and been encouraged by your specialist lecturers to take your skillset to graduate level.

With the study breadth and depth on this Master’s course, you’ll be able to engage further with the creative industries, pushing boundaries and challenging conventional thinking.

If you did a mini-placement as part of the optional Industry Study module, you’ll have practical experience of the media industry, which will be helpful when securing a role after your studies.

When you graduate, you’ll have developed the knowledge base and skills for a successful career in the media sector. You might choose to use your transferrable critical, analytical and research skills in another profession, or go on to further study.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles in:

  • film and media management
  • writing
  • scriptwriting
  • journalism
  • review work
  • advertising
  • magazines and print media
  • television
  • online media
  • public relations
  • teaching
  • sales
  • film distribution

Module Details

Core modules

  • Media Contexts – 30 credits
  • Media Cultures and Industries – 30 credits
  • Media Politics – 30 credits
  • Research Methods – 30 credits

Optional modules

  • Dissertation – 60 credits
  • Industry Study – 30 credits
  • Short Screenwriting Project – 30 credits
  • Short Dissertation – 30 credits

Learn more about University of Portsmouth

Where is University of Portsmouth?

News stories


View Website

University Profile