SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

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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 5 postgraduate taught degrees and a research degree (PhD) whose non-Eurocentric approach offers fresh directions to examining the contemporary world.

Teaching

  • 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

Research

  • Our research spans a wealth of geographical areas (Palestine and the Middle East, India, China, Myanmar, Korea) and topics (international political communication; cultural studies; new media and democracy; memory studies and oral history; Islamist movements; social movements and media; diasporas; ethnic minorities; transnational movements and communications; development discourses; digital technologies and development; digital cultures in the Global South)
  • We regularly appear in the media of different countries as guests and commentators on diverse contemporary issues

Alumni and student stories

  • "I was drawn to the university’s outstanding reputation in my area of interest (the Middle East, particularly Iran) as well as the availability of postgraduate programmes that could complement a career in journalism."

    If you have ever wondered why you are the only person you know who is remotely interested in the Sogdian language, Achaemenid legal codes or Biblical references to the playing of the lute, take heart. SOAS is waiting for you.

  • "SOAS is the ultimate place for intellectual thinking about the world with special attention to cultural and political issues."

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

  • "The Centre for Media and Film Studies has been a turning point in my academic, professional, and epistemological life. I will never read, watch or receive information or media products as before."

    The Centre for Media and Film Studies has been a turning point in my academic, professional, and epistemological life. I will never read, watch or receive information or media products as before.

  • "The Media and Middle East degree is one in a million"

    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.

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