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MA Communication, Culture and Media 2018/19 entry

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Study options:

2-5 years (part time)


100% online study


May 2019



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"There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.” Audre Lorde. This course aims to cover aspects of media, communications and cultural studies in order to give you an understanding of how media shapes the world and the way we live. You will explore the feelings and emotional responses created by contemporary media and culture.

Intercultural collaboration is at the heart of this programme; you will be encouraged to collaborate effectively, with the ability to work in transnational contexts, to acknowledge cross-cultural differences and to welcome their personal and group-level benefits.

Internationalisation starts in the classroom – with its diverse UK, EU and international student community. It continues with meaningful research and experience-based projects, and relevance and influence over the globe – from Australia to Thailand, America to France, and China to Finland – to engage with international expert opinions from leading scholars and practitioners.

Our Learning Platform

We have partnered with FutureLearn, a leading social learning platform, to deliver online degrees to learners across the globe.

From short taster courses to postgraduate diplomas and certificates, and fully online degrees, the platform provides you with a seamless high-quality learning experience, on mobile, desktop and tablet. You can pay for each program in the degree as you go, making it possible to gain a qualification in a flexible and affordable way, to fit in with your lifestyle.


Short, 2 week learning blocks combined with a pay-as-you-go payment model


Spread the cost with our flexible pay-as-you-go payment options


Earn a full Coventry University degree upon successful completion


Truly international in scale, learn with over 8 million other users across the world

Course information

This course is ideal for you if you enjoy following and responding to the important issues of the day or wish to pursue a media-based career. You will engage with contemporary developments and debates in media, communication and culture.

You will explore the topics of digital media, transnational identities, screen and moving image, new workplace practices, international film markets and contemporary experiences of health, wealth and happiness.

Each module caters to new developments in media as a discipline, to place you at the forefront of contemporary thinking.


The 1st and only UK University to partner with FutureLearn to offer full degree courses in this way.

In more detail...

You will have the opportunity to develop a broad and critical view of the contemporary media landscape, including the inherent cultural contexts in which these industries are placed. As part of the course, you will be required to show an international and global approach to interpreting, analysing, communicating, making, creating and producing work. The course will critically interpret and engage with cutting-edge content from a range of mediums, from traditional formats, such as TV and Film, to current trends in digital media. You will be encouraged to engage in professional work and career experience by identifying media and using it flexibly to develop your own knowledge and understanding.  You should gain the ability to evaluate different ways for formulating unique ideas, to make yourself visible and audible to peers and professionals.

This course will focus on exploring and developing specific areas of interest in the field of media to support your career growth and future aspirations.

The course is primarily designed to be studied part-time by students currently in employment.

For each module, we will provide engaging video lectures and a variety of interactive content and activities. The online contact between lecturers and colleagues aims to help you stay motivated and committed to learning.

Each module runs with 15 credits requiring an estimated 15 hours of study time per week, with the flexibility to study from one to two modules per academic semester.

The underlying focus of this course is on developing your ability to think both critically and creatively, and to enable you to develop projects within an ever-changing and shifting media environment. You can benefit from the innovative and interactive content and activities provided on our online platform FutureLearn. This opens up opportunities to participate in projects with students from around the world. 

Developing you and your future career

During your studies you will be constantly encouraged to think about your own career path, your hopes and aspirations for your professional life beyond your MA. We place specific focus on building your portfolio that has meaning for not only your course, but for an external audience of relevant media professionals.

After graduating a dedicated team will continue to support you to further tailor your career.

One of the key aims of the programme is to provide you with opportunities to engage with real-world contexts: you will be encouraged to react, re-think and respond to live media situations and stories, and things that matter to you and your life. The course will engage with guest speakers and lecturers with active practice and experience, bringing contemporary and theoretical concepts to life.

Mixed assessment modes offer students a range of opportunities to demonstrate their achievement of learning outcomes. You will be assessed through a combination of coursework assignments, from written articles to practical audio visual activities, which will all be geared to an outward facing audience and completed online.

As part of the degree, you will initiate and lead a final project, which will encourage you to design your own media piece. To do this successfully you will be required to apply knowledge acquired during your study and demonstrate the creative, critical and reflective capabilities which are core to the course.

  • On successful completion of the Certificate stage (60 credits) students will be eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate in Communication, Culture and Media
  • On successful completion of the Diploma stage (120 credits) students will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication, Culture and Media
  • On successful completion of the Masters stage (180 credits) students will be eligible for a Masters Degree in Communication, Culture and Media

Masters level awards will be made with a ‘Distinction’, ‘Merit’ or ‘Pass’ grade.

Each 15 credit module will consist of 150 hours activities. The activity time will be made up of a mixture of guided and self-guided study. Students will have access to an experienced team of tutors and lecturers who will support their studies. Each module will have dedicated online tutorials to support the learning. 

You will have opportunities to collaborate with students from around the world through our online platform FutureLearn. The international nature of the course will provide you with a diverse range of experiences from across the globe.

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in arts, humanities or social sciences.

Equivalent qualifications from overseas and professional qualifications are also acceptable.

An undergraduate degree in arts, humanities or social sciences.

Equivalent qualifications from overseas and professional qualifications are also acceptable.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.5 overall or TOEFL 600 or equivalent if English is not your first language.

An undergraduate degree in arts, humanities or social sciences.

Equivalent qualifications from overseas and professional qualifications are also acceptable.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.5 overall or TOEFL 600 or equivalent if English is not your first language.



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Career prospects

Our aim is to produce graduates who are digitally agile, professional, highly skilled communicators, ready to face the challenges of a global and complex mediated world and apply their knowledge in meaningful ways.

We focus on developing your creative capacity, enhancing your skills in creating, making and producing media, and giving you the confidence to respond to events with meaningful and academically informed outputs (e.g. digital profiles, exhibitions, artefacts such as film and photography). With these skills, you will be well placed to take up roles in a range of creative sectors, ranging from advocacy and other forms of applied communications, academic research and scholarship, start-ups, arts and particular industries within media sectors (for example: film, journalism, cultural criticism, television, journalism, and digital publishing).

An emphasis on critical, ethical and sensitive thinking opens up possibilities of charity, third sector and advocacy work.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates from the on-campus version of this course have gone on to work: in digital music services in The Netherlands; as research posts at the Five College Women’s Centre; in PR companies in Africa; and as producers in TV stations in China. Our graduates also regularly go on to set up their own companies across the globe and some have progressed to study for PhDs in the UK, Africa, China and America.


By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all your rights and obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes you. We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. The Student Contract will be issued upon application.