SOAS University of London

Centre for Media Studies, School of Arts

MA Media in Development

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

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

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Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This programme challenges the assumptions behind the media and development industries and development studies, and offers new ways of thinking about the issues. The approach balances critical theoretical analysis of the hegemony implied by the ideas and practices of development with the practical issues surrounding the use of contemporary media, including notably digital technologies.

It draws on media theory, practical knowledge and experience, alongside critical debates within and about development, to challenge assumptions about the role of media and development industries. Students combine critical theoretical analysis of the role of media in development with a focus on practical issues surrounding the use of media, including digital technologies.

The programme differs from other degrees in the field by placing the onus on the role of media to further the Development agenda, especially post the Second World War.  Students benefit from the unique position of the Centre for Media Studies as a specialist institution for the study of media in the global south.

It is designed for those with an interest in global media and development, including media and development professionals seeking alternative ways of thinking about their roles. It provides an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.



Students will take four units in total.

Compulsory Courses

Students must take the following two courses, totalling two units.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development 15PMSC004 1 Unit Full Year
Dissertation MA Media and Development 15PMSC997 1 Unit Full Year
Option Courses

At least two half-units from the range of options in the Centre for Media and Film Studies.

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
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
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 0.5 Unit Term 1
Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSH005 0.5 Unit Term 1
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
Options in Other Departments

Up to two half units may be selected from other departments in the school.

Department of Anthropology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 1 Unit Full Year
Anthropology of Travel and Tourism 15PANC098 1 Unit Full Year
Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 0.5 Unit Term 1
Cultural Understandings of Health 15PANC093 1 Unit Full Year
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 0.5 Unit Term 2
Department of Politics
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 1 Unit Full Year
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 1 Unit Full Year
Department of Development Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Aid and Development 15PDSH027 0.5 Unit Term 1
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Gender and Development 15PDSH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
Department of Music
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Music in Development 15PMUC034 1 Unit Full Year
Sound Recording and Production 15PMSH025 0.5 Unit Term 1


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Learning Outcomes
  1. How to assess data and evidence critically from texts, manuscripts, audio and video sources, both analog and digital, solve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations, develop skills in critical judgements of complex source materials, locate materials in print and on line, use research resources (particularly research library catalogues and websites) and other relevant traditional and electronic sources.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the dynamics and debates about the role of media and Information Communication Technologies in the development process: to be able to critically examine the discourses of development, the  roles of national and international organizations, NGOs, citizens in defining and producing development and the emergence of critical and alternative paradigms for sustainable societies; to be aware of the key theoretical issues surrounding the role of media and Information Communication Technologies in development processes; to be able to analytically disaggregate economic, political, social and cultural strands of development and the nature of mediated practices within each;  develop awareness of emergent models of sustainable development in which contemporary media practices play a key role; analyze the role of the media in hegemonic representations of social change and development.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  1. To be critical and precise in their assessment of evidence, and to understand through practice what documents and electronic sources can and cannot tell us. Such skills should improve and be refined throughout the programme.
  2. Question theories and interpretations, however authoritative, and critically reassess evidence for themselves. Students will learn how to question and challenge the accepted tenets both of development and media as the means of transmission of messages. These skills should improve and be refined throughout the programme.
  3. Critically interrogate situated empirical examples of specific media and Information Communication Technologies practices in development contexts in Asia, Africa, Middle East
Subject-based practical skills
  1. Communicate effectively in writing
  2. Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of conventional and electronic sources
  3. Communicate orally to a group. Listen and discuss ideas introduced during seminars and classes.
  4. Practise research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes.
  5. Have developed some new competencies in digital media production and dissemination
Transferable skills
  1. Write good essays and dissertations
  2. Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing
  3. Understand unconventional ideas
  4. Study a variety of written and digital materials, in libraries, on line and research libraries of a kind they will not have used as undergraduates.
  5. Present material orally to a group.
  6. Have developed a range of on-line competencies

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
£8,295 £17,490 £4,148 £8,745 £2,765 £5,830
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


As well as academic expertise, MA Media in Development graduates from SOAS gain a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek. These include; written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.  This postgraduate degree provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.  

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

A Student's Perspective

My ambition after studying Development Studies at SOAS is that I may return to Kashmir and work with an international humanitarian organisation in order to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Ifat Gazia


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