University of Westminster

University of Westminster


This course offers an analysis of the political, economic, cultural and sociological factors which shape the practices and outcomes of mass media; it give students the opportunity to study and research the main ways in which social scientists have analysed the role of the mass media and communication, and how to develop, evaluate and apply research to evaluate those theories.

Entry requirements

Students should possess, or are expecting, a 1st degree (equivalent to at least an upper 2nd or a minimum grade point average of 3.00) from a recognised university in a humanities or social sciences discipline and / or have relevant professional experience; particular consideration is given to mature applicants; the testing nature of the degree means that students must be able to write and speak fluent English; if English is their 2nd language, students should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 in listening to, speaking, reading and writing English or 250 to 600 TOEFL or equivalent (including 4.5 TWE); applicants may additionally be asked to write 500 words on a topic assigned by the university; as far as possible, telephone interviews are conducted before offers of admission are made; in these, the interviewer looks for evidence of interest in and commitment to the study of communication, as well as analytical skills.

Course modules

Semester 1: core modules: dissertation module; theories of communication option modules; global media; political analysis of communications policy; political economy of communication; study skills (no credits); technology and communications policy. Semester 2: core module: approaches to media and communication research; option modules; Chinese media; development and communications policy; media, activism and censorship; media audiences; media business strategy; policies for digital convergence.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,250 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time day £ 850 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time day £ 1,500 per Credit module (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Harrow Harrow HA1 3TP South East

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