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The University of Glasgow

Media, Culture and Society

University of Glasgow
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Rank: 19 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: University of Glasgow

Website: www.gla.ac.uk

Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2021/09/01

Duration: 12 months

Intl fees: £19350

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Description

The Media, Culture & Society MSc explores how media interacts with and shapes contemporary culture and society. It offers unique interdisciplinary study combining social sciences and arts approaches in the vibrant cultural and media hub of Glasgow.WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • This programme offers a combination of social sciences and arts insights on how we live in today's media age.
  • One-third of the degree is based on choice of an independent dissertation or a collaborative group project.
  • It equips students to be critical research-led experts in the opportunities and threats posed by interactions with and dependencies on contemporary media.
  • This programme addresses urgent issues of our age: power, inequality, identity politics, trust and journalism, surveillance capitalism, privacy, risk and security, AI, war and conflict, datafication, hate-speech and trolling, memory and the future, the Coronavirus global pandemic.
  • Located in the vibrant cultural and media hub of the city of Glasgow.
  • Taught by international experts from the Glasgow Media Group, Glasgow Social and Digital Change Group, and talks from key international scholars and industry thinkers including artists, film-makers, archivists, curators, NGOs and photojournalists.
PROGRAMME STRUCTUREYou will take four core and two optional courses.One-third of the degree is comprised of a choice between an individual dissertation OR a group project, under the guidance of a dedicated supervisor. The dissertation offers students the opportunity to identify an original research proposal and to conduct independent research on their chosen topic. Alternatively, the group project is a sustained piece of interdisciplinary research into a contemporary media event or organisation, collaborating with at least two other students.Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. These are supplemented with visiting expert speaker talks (artists, film-makers, archivists, curators, photojournalists).Assessment is based on individual written essays and assignments, presentations, as well as supervised dissertation or group project work.Core CoursesMedia, Communications and Journalism: Criticism and TheoryMedia, Culture and MemoryResearch DesignTransformations in Media, Culture and SocietyOptional CoursesStudents may choose their two options from elsewhere in the School of Social and Political Sciences. However, subject to availability, timetabling and agreement with the relevant course co-ordinator, students may also choose one of their options from outside of the School provision.

Requirements

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in: Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Journalism Studies, Sociology, History, Memory Studies, Communication Studies, Organisation Studies, War Studies or related social sciences or arts subject area.

Language qualifications

IELTS (Academic): 6.5
TOEFL (iBT): 90.0
PTE Academic: 60.0

About this university

International students

Students travel from around the world to study at the university and its website has country-specific information available. The International Student Support Team is a dedicated advisory service to help students on a range of subjects including immigration, finding employment and dealing with financial matters. For those to whom English isn’t a first language there is also English language courses available through the University Language Centre who also provide language support during the length of study. Student life is organised differently at Glasgow than many universities meaning there isn’t a single student association but rather a number covering different areas. There are two separate student’s unions, dating from the times when one was for male students and the other for female, called the Glasgow University Union (GUU) and the Queen Margaret Union (QMU). There is also a Students Representative Council that is the legal body representing students’ interests in the university and in wider terms. The two unions organise a number of social and cultural groups and events including providing facilities for debating, dining, socialising and meeting rooms. Sports are handled by the Glasgow University Sports Association (GUSA) that operates both sports clubs as well as fitness classes and drop in sessions.

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