London College of Contemporary Arts
9 Holborn, London EC1N 2LL London, United Kingdom
+44 (0) 20 3535 1155


Campus:  Online

Duration: 18 months

Intakes 2016: October

Study mode: Distance learning

Awarding body: International Telematic University UNINETTUNO (Italy)

Tuition Fees: £7,500


This online master’s course aims to meet the growing demand for the enhanced in-depth knowledge and expertise that are essential for media practitioners around the world. In contemporary society, the need for those working within the dynamic field of media and communications to understand how the system works, and how communication policies are shaped, has never been greater.

The MA programme will provide an introduction to contemporary developments in the various media industry sectors and cultures, and how these are shaped and affected by globalisation. It will explore transformations in existing media, as well as developments in new online media. Your studies will emphasise the importance of new information and communication technologies, and examine the changing political media economy, questioning the role of collective culture and identity in the new global context.

Furthermore, you will examine fundamental research methodologies, placing particular emphasis on the analysis of media discourses, and media audiences. Your online studies will also provide an insight into how the media and communication fields are influenced by the notions of ethnicity, nationalism, gender, and identity.



Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Media and Communication Theories Analysing Media Discourses Dissertation
Researching Media and Communications: Methodologies Media, Ethnicity and Nation
Media Audiences Media, Gender and Identity



The overall purpose of the online degree programme is to prepare those seeking to work in international Media and Communications for a career within the industry.

More specifically, the MA enables students to:

  • Gain systematic and in depth knowledge of issues related to media and communications
  • Understand key developments in the media and communications industries, associated with the logic of globalisation
  • Explore the complex nature of the globalisation process, focusing on the emergence of both supra-national and sub-national developments
  • Examine the relationship between new contexts of production and questions of collective culture and identity
  • Research media in a succinct and thorough way
  • Examine the relationship between media and political communication, sociology, psychology, ethnicity/nationalism, gender, and identity
  • Identify key research agendas in the study of media, communication, globalisation, media audiences, nationalism, gender, and identity


Minimum qualifications:

  • UK applicants: honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent in any subject
  • Overseas applicants: any UK NARIC approved equivalent
  • Language proficiency: minimum IELTS 5.5 in all bands, or equivalent
  • Alternative - Students who fail to meet academic requirements can be assessed on their relevant work experience (3 years management experience minimum for mature study route)
  • Plus CV, Photograph and 2 references


The curriculum is business-facing with a strong outlook for graduates pursuing a career in Media and Communications industries, organisations related to Arts and Culture, research positions, and in Higher/Further education. In particular, the dissertation will enable students to prepare for an academic career, by helping them to progress towards research degrees.

Graduate career paths:

  • Media
  • Communications
  • Organisations [related to Arts and Culture]
  • Research
  • Higher/Further Education

Further study:

  • PhD
  • PGCE


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