SOAS University of London

Centre for Media Studies, School of Arts

MA in Global Media and Postnational Communication

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

2016 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 programme focuses on the dynamic developments in media and communications within Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It examines the growing significance of these regions as the locations of new media players and new cultural genres, of complex audience involvements with mediated communication and as the sites of critical and creative responses to globalization processes. It challenges Eurocentric approaches to the study of media and provides a unique opportunity to study the media and communications environments of the non-Western world.

Students consider the dynamics of globalization and its critiques, the roles and nature of communications technologies and mediated content within these processes, and consequent changes in the nature of political, economic, financial, social and cultural activity. They develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical, methodological and empirical issues involved in the analysis of non-western media and communications within historical and contemporary contexts, and explore media dynamics in global civil society. A particular focus is the role that media have played in both defining and challenging processes of nation-building and providing spaces for the articulation of other forms of identity-formation, including those among minority ethnic, diasporic, exilic and refugee populations.

The programme suits anyone with an interest in non-Western media and communications; journalists who wish to take time out to analyse critically their profession; NGO and development practitioners who wish to better understand the role of media in political and social change; and students who wish to continue on to MPhil/PhD research in Media and Communications.

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Structure

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

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 Global Media and Postnational Communication
3. Courses in Media Studies

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

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 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
Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development 15PMSH019 0.5 Unit Term 1
Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSH005 0.5 Unit Term 1
The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 0.5 Unit Term 1
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 0.5 Unit Term 2
4. Optional Courses:

Students may take a course or courses up 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 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
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 0.5 Unit Term 2
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 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
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 0.5 Unit Term 2
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 0.5 Unit Term 2
Courses in Social Anthropology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Culture and Society of China 15PANC089 0.5 Unit
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANC084 0.5 Unit
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANC086 0.5 Unit
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANC087 0.5 Unit
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANC088 0.5 Unit
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANC083 0.5 Unit
Culture and Society of the Near and Middle East 15PANC097 0.5 Unit
Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 1 Unit Full Year
Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 0.5 Unit Term 1
Courses in the Department of Development Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Courses in the Department of Economics

For the following courses a background is required - admission is on a case-by-case basis

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 1 Unit Full Year
Economic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region 15PECC334 1 Unit Full Year
Courses in the Department of Politics
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 1 Unit Full Year
Courses in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa
Courses in the Department of the Study of Religions and Art and Archaeology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
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
Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Theory and Method in the Study of Religion 15PSRC010 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017

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Teaching and Learning

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. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
£8,295 £17,490 £4,148 £8,745 £2,765 £5,830
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Application Deadline: 2016-02-12 00:00

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Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

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Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

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Application Deadline: 2016-02-22 17:00

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Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

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

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Media from SOAS gives students expertise in media, communications and film production within a global framework.  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. Media and Film Studies 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.  Department graduates have gone into a wide range of careers and to complete research degrees.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Associated Press
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
British Film Institute
Comic Relief
Cordoba African Film Festival
Discovery Communications
European Commission
Hackney Film Festival
Institute of Ismaili Studies
International Channel Shanghai
Merlin
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Royal College of Art
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
United Nations
Zanan TV

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

Research & Communications Manager
Senior Publicist
Teacher
Events Manager
Advisor
Designer
Journalist
International Program Coordinator
Creative Assistant
Consultant
Communications Officer
Policy Advisor
e-Learning Co-ordinator
Director of Academic Studies
Staff Writer
Online Editor
Public Information Officer
Video Journalist
Product Manager

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

A Student's Perspective

I have found studying at SOAS an unbelievable experience, especially as the library houses a unique collections of both print and electronic resources.

Zahrah Mamode

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