SOAS University of London

Centre for Media Studies, School of Arts

MA Critical Media and Cultural Studies

duration:
1 Year Full Time, 2 or 3 Years Part Time

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£8,295
Overseas fees:
£17,490

This is a Band 2 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum - Upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This is the unique Masters-level programme offered that specifically addresses Critical Media and Cultural Studies of the non-Western world. The degree introduces students to the key contemporary issues discussed in Asian and African media and provides them with the opportunity to engage directly in research on an aspect of these media. It has a strong theoretical element, equipping students with the intellectual tools to consider the production, distribution and reception of non-Western media in new ways and to challenge the English-language, Eurocentric approach of most media studies scholarship.   

While media studies degrees usually concentrate on media production, distribution and reception in North America and Western Europe, this programme considers critical issues in media and cultural studies in their full global complexity, with a focus on the cultures and societies of Asia and Africa and their diasporas. The degree is distinctive in the depth of theoretical and cultural background to contemporary media processes that it provides. Optional courses offer a range of approaches to the critical study of Asian and African discourses, from cinema to music, comparative literature to language, gender, religion, art and archaeology.

The programme is designed for students with an interest in critical theory; media professionals seeking alternative ways of understanding the media and culture industries; and those in NGOs and government organizations interested in challenging the hegemony of media corporations. It is well suited to students wishing to proceed to MPhil/PhD research in media or cultural studies, visual cultural studies, urban studies, sociology and anthropology.

Email: jk71@soas.ac.uk

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Structure

Each student takes 4 units in total: the Compulsory Course (1 unit), the Dissertation (1 unit), two half units from list 3 and one unit of options of their choice.

In choosing their courses, MA students are advised to pay careful attention to the balance of coursework across the two terms. In particular it is important to ensure that each term you have three taught courses. However much you might wish to take a mixture of courses that requires more coursework in one term than the other, it is most unwise to attempt to take four courses in one term and two in the other. Experience has shown that students simply cannot manage the load during the heavy term with the result that they either do very badly, fail or are unable to complete the courses in question. As a result Directors of Studies for the degrees and the Faculty staff will not approve a selection of courses which results in an imbalanced workload. An imbalance of courses between terms is only possible with the written permission of the convenor of the degree .

1. Compulsory Course
2. Dissertation in Critical Media and Cultural Studies

(supervisor to be allocated according to the dissertation topic)

3. Courses in Media Studies

Students are required to take TWO half unit courses from List 3.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 0.5 Unit Term 2
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 0.5 Unit Term 2
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 0.5 Unit Term 1
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 0.5 Unit Term 1
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development 15PMSH019 0.5 Unit Term 1
4. Optional Courses:

Students may take a course or courses to the value of one full unit from the following lists:

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Digital traditional broadcasting communication 15PMSH022 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Courses in Cinemas of Asia and Africa
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 0.5 Unit Term 2
Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 0.5 Unit Term 2
Issues in the Anthropology of Film 15PANH022 0.5 Unit Term 1
One option from among the following courses in Comparative Literature and Gender
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 1 Unit Full Year
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 1 Unit Full Year
Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Arabic Literature and the West 15PNMC002 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 0.5 Unit Term 2
One option from among the following courses in Music
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Music in Selected Regions of Africa: Contexts and Structures 15PMUC006 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
One Option from courses in Art & Archaeology and Anthropology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Contemporary Art and the Global 15PARH085 0.5 Unit Term 1
Media Production Skills 15PANH050 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 0.5 Unit Term 2
Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 0.5 Unit Term 2
Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
One Option from courses in the Study of Religions and Centre for Gender Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Buddhist Arts in Context 15PSRH001 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Christianity and Social Change in Sub Saharan Africa 15PSRC157 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Critical Theory and the Study of Religions 15PSRC037 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Jewishness on Screen 15PSRH044 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Theory and Method in the Study of Religion 15PSRC010 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
One option from courses in South Asia
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Modern Bengal: the Evolution of Bengali Culture and Society from 1690 to the Present Day (MA) 15PSAC289 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
A Language course (subject to availability)

One Language Acquisition course taught at SOAS (list available from the Faculty of Languages and Cultures)

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 2 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-12 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-01-29 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

Santander Taught Master’s Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma - Hla Pe Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

An MA in Critical Media and Cultural Studies from SOAS gives students expertise in media and communications as well as the ability to identify and analyse critical issues in media and cultural studies in their full global context.  It is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Students develop a portfolio of transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and creative capacities including communication skills, interpersonal skills,
team work, flexibility and dedication.  

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

The Media and Middle East degree is one in a million. It was truly a unique and unforgettable experience for anyone wanting a critical and introspective look at the ever-dynamic relationship between media, politics, and society in the Middle East.

Mounira Lisa Sabella

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