SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

To host Rubicon grant winning project

This is what some of our students say about CGMC:
“As a 52-year-old experienced media professional, I came to this degree seeking to place an order (in my head) to media in the Middle East. What SOAS offered was its unique window facing the world, and an intense gaze into the seemingly ordered and “free” global media. From the genesis of the internet during the Cold War, and how digital media as we know it was later defined by a curious merging of San Francisco counter-culture with Silicon Valley industries, to the theoretical journey and the debates on globalization, commodification of culture and cultural imperialism, I acquired, not the order I sought, but rather, a foundation and skills to analyze what may very well be the most profound transformation in media and society since television. I consider myself fortunate for the knowledge I gained at SOAS; more importantly, for the unique perspective this institution provides which can be unnerving, but is essential for anyone, especially from Global South who seeks to understand the social and political impact of this new media age.” Aly Belail, MA Global Media and Post-National Communication, class of 2018/19
“My experience at the Centre for Global Media and Communications has been a particularly enriching one. What made it memorable were my interactions with students from across the globe from cultures outside my own. The vibrant discussions in the different classes allowed for intense debates that enhanced the learning process because these debates helps us make sense of concepts and complexities that otherwise seem distant. Since the study of media at the centre is embedded in the current global context, you are not disconnected from the present, which often is the case while studying theory. But it was also the support you get from the department and the camaraderie at SOAS that really makes the journey all the more enjoyable.” Sahitya Palanganda Poonacha, MA International Journalisms, class of 2017-18
“I applied to this course to expand my knowledge of media through a truly global perspective. What I gained was a theoretical understanding of the globalisation of digital media and technology; the skills to research and critically analyse the opportunities and challenges that exist in the varied global contexts of media, technology and development today; and the ability to apply this knowledge to progressive methods of sharing information and producing digital products.” Chipo Mapondera, MA Digital Cultures, class of 2018-19
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Facts and figures

The Centre is unique in the world in its focus on media, information and communication in the Global South. It offers an eclectic mix of 3 postgraduate taught degrees and a research degree (PhD) whose non-Eurocentric approach offers fresh directions to examining the contemporary world.


  • Ranked 101-150 in the world for Communications and Media Studies (QS World University Rankings by subject 2017)
  • Classes are taught by research active instructors who focus on different aspects of communication, culture, and society in the Middle East, Asia and Africa
  • Excellent teacher:student ratio and personal contact
  • Students study core classes in their chosen MA, and are encouraged to take classes across SOAS to create a unique degree with a regional, topical, or language focus that fits their needs
  • Alumni go onto high profile careers in the media, in NGO and Think Tanks and academic research


  • Our research spans the Middle East, Asia and East Africa and topics, including political communication, digital media and activism, political economy of news media; social movements; migration; diasporas; ethnic minorities; transnational communities; digital technologies and development and digital cultures in the Global South. Our research students work on a variety of topics including media histories, gender and media, documentary and refugees, conflict and journalism practice, feminist activism, solidarity movements and the media and political communication of non-state actors.

  • Our staff regularly appear in the media as guests and commentators on diverse contemporary issues

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Insight Day at SOAS
Insight Day at SOAS

An invitation only event for prospective undergraduate students who have received an offer from SOAS