MA

Media and Globalisation

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day)
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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This innovative practical-based course explores issues from media to culture, politics, globalisation, the creative industries and digital multimedia practices. It’s designed to provide you with the in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the main debates surrounding the roles and processes of media systems in the context of globalisation.

You’ll gain hands-on experience of working with audio-visual narratives providing you with the key transferable skills needed in the media, creative and cultural industries. It is ideal for those looking to pursue careers in media-management, media policy-making, media analysis, digital media, creative industries work or academic research.

You’ll take part in practice-based workshops on issues related to working in the creative industries and the digital economy, working with digital multimedia platforms. You’ll gain understanding and practical skills in advertising and public relations; developing your independent research skills and methods. You’ll also have the option to produce either a practice-based or a research-oriented dissertation.

What you'll study

Alongside theoretical content you will engage with practical workshops covering globalisation, the creative industries and the digital economy, digital audio-visual narratives, media analysis, advertising and public relations, and digital media and society in East Asia.

You gain insight into the complexity of contemporary communications in society and be able to carry out advanced research and creative productions. Through practical study you'll develop collaborative and team-working skills relevant to the media, creative industries and the digital economy.

  • Modules

    Core modules

    Understanding Globalisation (30 credit points)

    This module examines the perennial interest in globalisation by governments, policy-makers, politicians, academics and the private sector.  You’ll be introduced to the core theoretical debates, focusing on mobility and fixity, borders and border crossing, sameness and difference. You’ll examine global expansion of capitalism, the shift from industrial to service and information economies and the significance of the ‘cultural’ in terms of production and consumption. You’ll examine core themes of global media conglomerates, the diffusion of new technologies, political, cultural and social boundaries, governance, the cultural influence of globalisation on identity and inequality,  and the multiplicity of globalisation projects.

    The Creative Industries and the Digital Economy (30 credit points)

    You’ll be introduced to the concept of the creative industries and examine policy making, academic theory, and industrial practice. The practical element includes a collaboration with practitioners from Nottingham’s creative industries through guest speakers and company visits to learn more about the work in this sector. You’ll explore how the creative industries are both a continuation of culture industries, but also something new and different to understand key transformations in the economy, the media, and the realm of work.

    Digital Audio-Visual Narratives (20 credit points)

    Investigate, explore and experiment with image, sound and narrative to enhance your knowledge and understanding of visual culture. Using photography, you’ll critically appraise online audio-visual narratives for the non-professional producer/consumer. You’ll gain understanding of how time-based audio visual work can used for communicating a narrative. You’ll be able to express ideas through single and sequential images, and demonstrate an understanding of composition using photographic design; placement and framing, use of space/setting, depth of field, camera angle and position, graphic elements of design and use of colour. Through workshops you’ll receive technical instruction and support using the latest entry-level DSLR cameras and software imaging platforms to develop and realise your personal ideas and concepts.

    Media Analysis (20 credit points)

    Explore theories in media and cultural studies and social theory, and the issues of transnational and national media spaces, cultures and practices. You’ll analyse media texts, contexts and organisations, and question media consumption and audiences. You’ll study mainstream media and social media and how this is organised to fulfil economic, political and social functions. You’ll look at media texts and the role of the media in promoting ideologies and generating values and views in society. You’ll explore audiences and media consumption in everyday life and the ways it facilitates the expansion of capitalism.

    Optional modules

    Choose from

    Advertising and Public Relations (20 credit points)

    In this module you’ll explore the critical-theoretical and practical aspects of both Advertising and Public Relations, developing your knowledge of global media and communications, and examining history, theory and practice. You’ll study the concept of convergence in the industry, examining developments and whether and how these two sectors have merged. You’ll take part in practical workshops working on a PR project to develop your writing, digital literacy and production skills using professional creative software, cameras and voice recorders. You’ll foster the flexible and critical working practices that can transfer across technologies and modes of publication.

    Or

    Digital Media, Society and Culture in East Asia (20 credit points)

    Gain an in-depth understanding of current thinking and debates on digital media as an integral part of contemporary life, and it’s importance in shaping cultural and political changes. You’ll explore current examples from across Asia including Taiwanese media and neoliberalism; media representations of North Korea; Japanese TV and the global TV format; Japanese anime and internet fandom: ‘fansubbing’; the Korean wave and K-pop; cyber nationalism; the ‘China model’ debate; telecommunication and modernity in China; globalization and Chinese popular culture and online dissent in China.

    Dissertation

    Research dissertation (60 credit points)

    You will produce an academic dissertation of 12,500 words on a topic related to media and globalisation. You’ll develop academic research skills, identifying and refining research questions and the design of research studies. You’ll be introduced to a range of different research methodologies, to enable you to focus on your own in-depth, research based project with support from a tutor.

    Or

    Practical dissertation (60 credit points)

    You’ll produce a practical dissertation involving audio-visual work from a range of media, platforms and output accompanied by a 6,000 - 7,500 written piece including production log, statement of intent and reflective self-assessment. The theme and form will be developed with support from a tutor.

How you’re taught

Study methods and assessment

The course is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, workshops, group project work, work simulations, practical media sessions, directed learning and tutorial support. Visits to media and creative industry organisations and guest speakers from the industry form part of the course.

Assessment on the course involves coursework, report writing, presentations, and group work. The core of the course is structured with no formal examinations. You will write a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation, and prepare work on research methods including an assessed dissertation proposal as part of the research training element.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can: enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the ULP.

Further information on how you're taught

Communication, Cultural and Media Studies has a proud record of excellence in research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework in 2014, 70% of our research was rated as world-leading or of international excellence.

Careers and employability

Recent graduates have gone on to a broad range of careers in the media and mobile industry. It is vocationally focused and will help you to develop a broad range of transferable skills to pursue careers in media-management, media policy-making, media analysis, digital media, creative industries work or academic research.

While this course serves as a standalone degree, its research focus also makes it suitable preparation for doctoral work.

Entry requirements

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent.
  • This course is within the School of Arts and Humanities. Check out the English language requirements for International and EU students.
  • Applicantions from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

CourseHome / EU 
full-time
Home / EU 
part-time
MA Media and Globalisation£7,000£3,500
MA Media and Globalisation (including Alumni 25% discount)£5,250£2,625

All fees stated are for September 2019 entry.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

CourseInternational
full-time
MA Media and Globalisation£14,500
MA Media and Globalisation (including Alumni 25% discount)£10,875

All fees stated are for September 2019 entry. Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

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