University of Westminster

University of Westminster

Media and Development

This is an interdisciplinary course that teaches main theories, concepts, case studies and practical media skills around the theme of media and development and its implications for less developed countries. The course provides a blend of theory and practice teaching, aimed at deepening knowledge of the history of communications within the development process of emerging economies. It will critically evaluate the impact of international and regional institutions from a critical political economic perspective. the course focuses on the practical role of communication media in development. Students participate in media production workshops and take part in our managed internship programme, offered in partnership with media and development organisations in London. The work placement programme is in line with the University of Westminster�s strategy of nurturing of the critical practitioner.

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess, or be expecting, a good first degree (equivalent to at least a 2.1 or a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA ) of 3.00) from a recognised university and/or have relevant professional experience. Particular consideration will be given to mature applicants. Applicants must be able to write and speak fluent English. If English is the applicant's second language, they should have a score of at least 6.5 IELTS overall with a minimum 6.5 in the writing element. The TOEFL equivalent is 600 overall in the paperbased test (PBT) and 92 in the TOEFL internet-based test (IBT ), including at least 20 in the writing element.

Course modules

Semester 1 core modules: development theories, policies and practices; theories of communication; dissertation. Option modules: media production skills; global media; political analysis of communications policy; political economy of communication; study skills (no credits); technology and communications policy. Semester 2 core modules: communications policy and development; media work experience. Option modules: approaches to media and communication research; development media in practice; Chinese media; media, activism and censorship; media audiences; media business strategy; policies for digital convergence; sociology of news.


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

Campus details

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

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