SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

MA Media in Development (2022 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

This MA Media in Development programme challenges the assumptions behind the media and development industries and development studies and offers new ways of thinking about the critical issues facing societies today such as climate change. 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 the use of digital technologies for development communication, online activism, developmental journalism, and information and communications technologies for development (ICT4D).

The MA Media in Development course draws on from critical media and cultural studies’ theory, practical knowledge and experience, alongside critical debates within and about development, to challenge assumptions about the role of media and development industries as agents of change in the contemporary world. 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, critically negotiating its origins in West-centric ideas of modernisation, social change and progress and their relevance in today's multipolar world. 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.

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Who should apply

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 as practitioners and activists. It provides an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Please note that not all optional modules are available every year (see 'Structure' tab for more information).

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in social science of humanities subject. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

    Please see our 'postgraduate entry requirements' page for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

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Fees 2021/22

UK fees:
£10,680
Overseas fees:
£21,980

Fees for 2021/22 entrants. This is a Band 1 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

Convenors

Structure

Structure

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

Dissertation

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation MA Media and Development 15PMSC997 60 Full Year

Taught Component

Core Module

All students will take the following core module:

Module Code Credits Term
Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development 15PMSC004 30 Full Year
Compulsory Module

All students will take the following compulsory module:

Module Code Credits Term
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 15 Term 2
Guided Options

All students will take the modules to the value of 30 credits from list of Media studies modules running each year (below)

AND
Open Options

All students will take the modules to the value of 45 credits from list of recommended options below or from open options list if approved by programme convenor

Students may select 30 credits from SOAS online-learning modules. This is subject to approval from the programme convenor

List of modules (subject to availability)

Media Studies
Module Code Credits Term
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 15 Term 2
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 15 Term 2
Topics in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSC034 15 Term 2
Studies in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSH029 15 Term 1
Prejudice, Conspiracy and Misinformation: Understanding Media in a Post-Truth Environment 15PMSH038 15 Term 1
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 15 Term 2
The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 0.5
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
Theoretical Issues in Global Media and Communication 15PMSH036 15 Term 1
Topics in Global Media and Communication 15PMSH037 15 Term 2
Options in Other Departments

Social Anthropology
Module Code Credits Term
Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Politics
Module Code Credits Term
Government And Politics In Africa 15PPOC205 30
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
Politics of Globalisation and Development 15PPOC017 30 Credits
Development Studies
Module Code Credits Term
Aid and Development 15PDSH027 15 Term 2
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 15 Term 1
Gender and Development 15PDSH010 15 Term 1
Music
Module Code Credits Term
Music in Development 15PMUC034 15 Term 2
Sound Recording and Production 15PMSH025 15 Term 2
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Module Code Credits Term
Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television 15PJKH034 15 Term 1

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Learning outcomes
Knowledge
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Communicate effectively in writing
  • Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of conventional and electronic sources
  • Communicate orally to a group. Listen and discuss ideas introduced during seminars and classes.
  • Practise research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes.
  • Have developed some new competencies in digital media production and dissemination
Transferable skills
  • Write good essays and dissertations
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing
  • Understand unconventional ideas
  • 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.
  • Present material orally to a group.
  • Have developed a range of on-line competencies

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2021/22 entrants, per academic year (Band 1 tuition fee) 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
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Overseas
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£10,680 £21,980 £5,340 £10,990 £3,560 £7,330 £5,340 £10,990

Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

For full details of postgraduate tuition fees see our postgraduate tuition fees page.

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2021-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-02-15 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-04-30 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2021-03-08 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2021-06-04 00:00

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

Employment

Employment

Graduates from the Centre for Global Media and Communications gain expertise in media, communications and film production within a global framework. Graduates develop a portfolio of transferable skills including communication skills, interpersonal skills and team work, which are highly respected by employers.

Recent Centre for Global Media and Communications graduates have been hired by:

  • Africa Mediaworks Ltd.
  • Al Jazeera
  • Associated Press
  • BBC
  • Breakthrough Breast Cancer
  • British Film Institute
  • Channel 5
  • Comic Relief
  • Cordoba African Film Festival
  • Discovery Communications
  • Equality Now
  • Hackney Film Festival
  • International Channel Shanghai
  • Internews Europe
  • Merlin
  • Novus
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Royal College of Art
  • The Institute of Ismaili Studies
  • Unilever
  • United Nations
  • Westminster City Council

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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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