The ways in which media is produced and consumed across the globe are rapidly changing; as industry seeks to manage the challenges of a globalised and knowledge driven economy, we are increasingly engaging with media in all aspects of our lives. But media also concerns power and politics as well as products. This course will enable you to deepen your understanding of these complex dynamics and practices and prepare you for a career in a fast-changing industry.
The MA in Global Media and Communication is designed to develop you intellectually as well as enhance your professional skills. You will explore the powerful, and often hidden, role of ideas, beliefs and values in media production and consumption but also the emerging social media ecology. By engaging with theory and research you will develop your understanding of the ways in which they can inform new kinds of professional practice and anticipate future developments.
This course will enable you to:
- Deepen your understanding of how media is produced and consumed in an increasingly globalised world.
- Generate ideas and solutions through research, teamwork, and engagement with industry practices and debates.
- Critically explore the role of ideas, beliefs and values in media production and consumption.
- Examine the process of content creation and distribution and develop your understanding of the role importance of creative communication skills.
- Build your confidence to work in international contexts and in cross-cultural collaboration with others.
- Develop your communication and leadership skills necessary to have oversight of a project, team or communication strategy.
- Refine your investigative and analytical thinking skills through the consideration of consumer experience and new forms of co-creation and citizen media.
- Develop your own philosophy and personal direction, intellectual independence and imagination.
- Enhance your applied knowledge by engaging with industry professionals.
Explore global communication...
Global media means communication, culture, politics and power, marketing and technology. We take an interdisciplinary and critical approach to this growing field, understanding how creativity, media and communication is produced and consumed, seeing how it is implicated in political and social change and how media businesses are shaping our world.
Learn how to communicate...
The focus of this course is on developing the tools for effective communication. You will have the opportunity to explore how global media products and content communicate creatively and effectively across markets, cultural borders and between users. You will also develop your own communication skills by assessing the creative content of a whole range of mixed-media products and technologies.
Expand your media imagination...
As a member of an international student group you will collaborate in cross-cultural teams to develop ideas, manage projects, and turn ideas into professional proposals. Case studies, creative thinking and collaborative work form an important part of the programme, enabling you to understand how media communication is bound up with individual experience, social and cultural contexts and corporate strategies.
Improve your critical thinking skills...
Theory goes hand in hand with application on this course. It will equip you with the critical thinking skills required to work across the range of media sectors. We will introduce you to the rich tradition of theoretical approaches to global media and communications. You will develop your ability to critically analyse complex media practice (images, narratives, product messages, industries), and the relevant skills to interpret and develop media messages across cultures, nations and markets.
Course Director : Prof Jo Garde-Hansen
You will learn in an international environment through interaction with academic experts, external tutors and industry practitioners. The core modules are taught through a combination of seminars, workshops, student-led presentations, readings and applied online and offline tasks. You will be engaging in discussions and debates about strategic communication processes and will undertake media and communication projects by negotiating and constructing strategy ‘briefs’ or creative projects. Self-directed learning and access to resources and activities in a virtual learning environment blend with these sessions. Depending upon your selection of option modules, you will also have the opportunity to apply your learning in a real world context. The course will enhance your research, writing and communication skills through guided and autonomous reading, group projects, presentations, case studies, reports, critiques and assignments that may require engagement with audio-visual technologies.
You will experience being strategic and reflexive with media and communication, through live briefs and applied tasks on the modules and with your fellow students through collaborative projects. Throughout the degree, you will also be guided and supported through personal tutorials so that your postgraduate study at the Centre will equip you with the professional skills you need for your chosen career path.
Typical contact hours range between 6 – 10 hours each week for core teaching (face to face and online) – this excludes additional workshops, research seminars and any guest speaker sessions.
There are between 25 - 30 students on each of the four taught Master's courses.
- All coursework.
- Written assignments come in a variety of forms: essays, case studies, evaluations, reports, proposals, portfolios and business plans.
- Group presentations and tasks, team building exercises, and creative and practical projects.
- Major Project represents a significant body of research and writing on a topic of your choice supervised by an experienced researcher.
The core modules offer an overview of the commercial, political and cultural frameworks within which the media and communication industries operate and a deeper understanding of communication strategy.
As a student on the MA in Global Media and Communication you will complete three core modules:
explores interdisciplinary perspectives in order to understand how the media and communication industries operate
analyses the processes, content and platforms of media and communications with a focus upon creative thinking and technology.
This module aims to prepare you for your Major Project (see below.) It will equip you with a broad understanding of relevant research methods from which to select an appropriate approach for your own project. It will introduce you to ethical dimensions of research. It will equip you to write an effective proposal (including research questions, rationale, explanation and justification of research methods, identifying relevant literature and data sources). By the end of the module you should be ready to submit your proposal and equipped with a broad understanding of research methods in the cultural, creative and media industries field.
The final part of this Masters course is the 'Major Project'. You will critically reflect upon the multitude of ways to navigate and understand the complexity of global media and communication by planning and conducting your own major research project, supervised by a scholar in the field. To find out more details please visit this page.
In addition to your three core modules you will be able to determine the appropriate balance between applied and theoretical work by completing three optional modules from a list available to all taught Masters students within the Centre.
Previously these modules have included:
- Understanding Cultural Work
- Marketing and Markets
- Understanding Cultural Work
- The Mediated Self
- Media, Policy and Markets
To view the full list of optional modules available in greater detail, please visit this page.
As one of your three options, you may also choose Applied Communication Project. This gives you the opportunity to apply your learning in situ or in practice related contexts.*
* The modules mentioned above and on our optional modules page may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
The course is designed for students seeking managerial careers and entrepreneurial roles in the media industries or the communications departments of public and private sector organisations. The course is equally popular amongst UK graduates and those from countries where the media and communications industries are experiencing rapid growth and negotiating the challenges of the global digital economy.
Past students have taken up managerial roles in corporate branding, marketing and communication, public relations, community media, digital media, social and participatory media, media production, publishing (print and digital) and media research. Our graduates are multi-skilled, self-starters who can fulfil a variety roles from creative director, editor and consultant, to project manager and communications expert.
The course is also an excellent platform for PhD study if you are considering a research career in academia or industry. To find out more about PhD study at the Centre, please visit this page.
We maintain close links with Centre alumni who regularly notify us of job opportunities and work closely with advisors in the University Careers Centre who also offer specialist workshops and advice sessions.
This course will not be suitable if you are seeking practical-operational training in media production, journalism, digital design or technology development. To learn more about students who have graduated or are soon to graduate from this course, look at our Digital Stories page.
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject.
English Language Requirements
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.
Location of Study
University of Warwick
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Additional Course Costs
For all MA courses, the cost of two bound copies of the major project will amount to £25 and field trips or off-campus assignments are estimated to cost between £100-£200, although this will depend on which option module has been chosen or the nature of a project or placement undertaken for an applied management module.
Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.
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