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Media and Culture
Postgraduate course
MA

Media and Culture

International Scholarships available

Overview

This course will enhance your theoretical knowledge and will provide an opportunity to put theory into practice. Your first semester critically engages with key theories and the second focuses on developing your analytical, investigative and practical skills. During the final part of your course, you will complete a major independent project.

Your modules offer perspectives on a broad range of topics in relation to the study of media and culture, such as the effect of globalisation on media consumption, the impact new media platforms have had upon fandom, and how cultural identities are marginalised through mediatized images.

Work will be evaluated via a range of innovative assessment methods, including pitching your work to industry experts. You will learn collaboratively through seminars, guest lectures and workshops, with a wealth of opportunities to give your learning real-world context. Our academic staff's professional experience will ensure your expertise meets the expectations of potential employers.
We host regular guest lectures from visiting practitioners and researchers providing opportunities to learn from talented and creative minds. Visiting professionals have included newspaper editors, digital marketing executives and radio producers.

You will join a vibrant academic community that works in collaboration with people from a range of disciplines, giving you access to expertise from a variety of subject areas. You will be taught by academic staff whose research is highly regarded around the world, with excellent contacts across a host of regional and national organisations, including newspapers and magazines, sports organisations, social media marketing agencies and radio stations.

A rich variety of volunteering opportunities will be open to you, including the chance to work at broadcast media organisations, with sports journalists, or at radio stations. You will have the chance to contribute to and attend an interdisciplinary conference event that will encourage networking and help provide a platform to showcase your work and ideas.

Studying in the heart of Leeds, you will be close to a wealth of nationally significant cultural sites within the city and across the north, including Media City in Manchester and the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.

"The new Media & Culture MA looks really exciting. The core and option modules take interesting angles on media and cultural practices as you explore mobile media, music, art, discrimination and how social groups are represented. The MA allows for deep theoretical engagement but what's brilliant is that you have the opportunity to apply your skills within industry!" (Postgraduate student Katie Langford)

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Transforming our self image: "We must stop thinking 'thin' equals good." - Professor Jayne Raisborough - School of cultural Studies & Humanities
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Entry Requirements

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Media, Humanities or Social Sciences, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Media, Humanities or Social Sciences, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Media and Culture

Careers

Teaching and learning

 

Understand how to practically conduct research. In preparation for your major project, this module will see you critically explore key research methodologies including textual analysis, content analysis, critical discourse analysis, questionnaires, interviews, observation, ethnography and Netenography. You will understand effective strategies for gathering empirical work, understand issues such as ethical dilemmas and researcher bias and how they may be mitigated, and how to analyse data. This module will enhance your study skills such as critical reading, critical writing and presenting.

Gain real-world industry experience by working with industry professionals. This module will provide a platform for you to apply your theoretical knowledge to produce new, practical and creative content. You will experience how a chosen media/cultural industry operates and undertake a live project having received a brief from an industry professional.

Study a range of theoretical perspectives on media and culture. You will develop critical thinking skills while you focus on the original work of key theorists whose ideas continue to be significant and relevant today including Jean Baudrillard, Roland Barthes, Stuart Hall and Walter Benjamin. This module will enable you to develop an extensive knowledge of different theoretical voices in media and cultural studies, and how these voices contribute to debates surrounding the role of media in today?s global society.

Consolidate your studies and tailor your learning experience by defining an area of academic investigation, practice or creative exploration. You will be supported by tutors and media professionals while you pursue either a major academic, professional or creative project.

Critically investigate forms of discrimination within a media and cultural context. You will define discriminatory practices such as racism, sexism, homophobia and class issues before exploring the interdisciplinary nature of discrimination. This module will encourage you to understand ways in which discrimination can be challenged within media and cultural industries. Your studies will focus on the works of various anti-discriminatory organisations, campaign groups and industry professionals who are committed to social change.

Apply post-war psychosocial thinking to the question of contemporary citizenship. Neoliberal rationalities may be diverse and chaotic but they do depend on the construction of certain `ideal' citizens: this module will ask if happiness and self-control play a role in that construction. You will examine the creation of modern interiority, popular psychology and the role of big pharmacology in order to ask `is optimism cruel?'.

Critically explore the ways in which new media technologies have become embedded within the practices of everyday life. Across the module, you will consider how mobile media technologies influence and shape the ways in which we navigate through time and space, and how they have altered our experiences of leisure and pleasure, created new realms to perform fan identities, and the ways in which we produce and consume news content. This module will see you investigate, select and apply key concepts such as technological determinism, post-fandom, the panopticon, Online Disinhibition Effect, and presumption to specific aspects of mobile media culture.

Investigate the relationship between mainstream culture and the reproduction of social inequalities and social injustice. This module will take the monster as its focus in order to introduce some of the ways marginalised people and populations are presented as threats. You will study cultural representations in reality television and factual welfare programming to ask just how fear, hate and disgust are circulated and why.

This module will enable you to analyse your own professional practice in the context of a convergent media world that is increasingly reliant upon online media platforms. You will develop your own online artefacts as well as developing awareness of some of the implications presented by electronic and online media for journalists.

Explore the relationship artists have cultivated with the media. From international dissident Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who uses art and social media to inspire global audiences, to US 1970s avant-garde feminist film-maker Martha Rosler, this module will explore how artists use Twitter, television and art-house movie theatres to disseminate challenging cultural and political questions.

Explore the connections between a range of cultural contexts that make use of and depend upon music for their structures of meaning. You will study the roles and uses of music in mediating events, places and identity in film, TV, radio and online environments. This module will connect issues and ideas via the common thread of the use of music to mediate meaning.

Dan Kilvington
Dr Daniel Kilvington
Course Director

Dr Dan Kilvington is a Senior Lecturer / Course Director in Media, Communication, Cultures. His teaching and research specialism explores 'race', sport and new media.

MA Media and Culture students will further their critical understanding of media and cultural industries alongside internationally acclaimed teachers and practitioners. You will have the opportunity to develop knowledge, build contacts, gain essential industry experience, and benefit from innovative assessments which allow you to put theory into practice.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £5950. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for optional educational visits.
    (The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year.)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £11500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for optional educational visits.
    (The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year.)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Learning spaces

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    Officially one of the world’s best tall buildings and a big talking point in Leeds, Broadcasting Place is home to our cultural studies and humanities courses. It offers a space for students to join an academic community that plays an active role in shaping contemporary debates about the future direction of those disciplines.

  • Social Learning Spaces
    Social Learning Spaces

    You will have access to plenty of collaborative learning spaces, such as the newly renovated student hub, ideal for discussions and group work.

  • Library
    Library

    Whether you want to explore the world's largest archive of 20th-century popular culture, analyse accounts of 17th-century criminal proceedings from the Old Bailey, sift through more than 355,000 works of English and American poetry, our Library's online resources provide easy access to a range of diverse collections.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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