Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Mass Communications

This course is designed to examine the challenges faced by media producers and audiences in a changing social, cultural, economic, professional and legal landscape. Students will engage with a range of topics from the analysis of reality TV, the ethics of the press and the significance of changes to international copyright laws, to the value of citizen-journalism, blogs and social networking.

Entry requirements

MA: Applicants should have or expect to gain a good second class Honours degree or above. Alternative qualifications and/or industry experience considered. Industry experience. International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications and must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, via an IELTS test with a score of 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study. •Theories Concepts and Debates in Mass Communications Discover how academics theorise the relationship between mass media and society, and current issues in the field. This module explores mediation and the treatment of different media forms/technologies •Mass Communication: Research Methods Explore important methodological approaches to the study of mass communications on this year-long module, which introduces you to textual analysis and audience research by providing a grounding in key skills for postgraduate study •Digital Cultures Critically examine the relationships between people and digital media technologies by exploring the notion that contemporary cultural practices and social interactions often take place online via social media and web 2.0 technologies. The module involves a critical review of Tate Liverpool's exhibition promotions and liaison with the gallery's marketing team • New Media: Policy and Practice Explore the shifts in the ethics of media production/consumption in the light of policy and regulation developments, new technologies and changes in media ownership/communication. You will consider the future direction of media regulation by analysing contemporary media policies •Dissertation Undertake an independent dissertation research project that will make an original contribution to the field of Mass Communications. You may choose to incorporate reflections on your own professional practice Core modules: Theories concepts and debates in mass communications; mass communication (research methods); digital cultures; new media (policy and practice); mass communications dissertation.

Assessment methods

You will engage in a range of assessments, from standard essays (both tutor directed and student directed), to presentations, critical reviews of websites, various blog entries and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 13,250 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 4,625 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 13,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 4,625 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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