SOAS University of London

Centre for Media Studies, School of Arts

MA Critical Media and Cultural Studies

duration:
1 Year Full Time, 2 or 3 Years Part Time

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 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

2017 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

FROM 2017-18

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation
Select the equivalent of FIVE Modules comprising full (1.0) and half (0.5) Modules including the dissertation

This is the unique Masters-level programme offered that specifically addresses Critical Media and Cultural Studies of the non-Western world. The degree introduces students to the key contemporary issues discussed in Asian and African media and provides them with the opportunity to engage directly in research on an aspect of these media. It has a strong theoretical element, equipping students with the intellectual tools to consider the production, distribution and reception of non-Western media in new ways and to challenge the English-language, Eurocentric approach of most media studies scholarship.   

While media studies degrees usually concentrate on media production, distribution and reception in North America and Western Europe, this programme considers critical issues in media and cultural studies in their full global complexity, with a focus on the cultures and societies of Asia and Africa and their diasporas. The degree is distinctive in the depth of theoretical and cultural background to contemporary media processes that it provides. Optional courses offer a range of approaches to the critical study of Asian and African discourses, from cinema to music, comparative literature to language, gender, religion, art and archaeology.

The programme is designed for students with an interest in critical theory; media professionals seeking alternative ways of understanding the media and culture industries; and those in NGOs and government organizations interested in challenging the hegemony of media corporations. It is well suited to students wishing to proceed to MPhil/PhD research in media or cultural studies, visual cultural studies, urban studies, sociology and anthropology.

THE ON-LINE MODULE SIGN-UP SYSTEM GUIDES STUDENTS THROUGH THE AVAILABLE MODULES.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL OPTIONAL MODULES ARE AVAILABLE EVERY YEAR.

Email: jk71@soas.ac.uk

Structure

Each student takes 5 units in total: the Compulsory Course (1 unit), the Dissertation (1 unit), two half units from list 3 and two units of options of their choice.

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 modules
2. Dissertation in Critical Media and Cultural Studies

(supervisor to be allocated according to the dissertation topic)

3. Courses in Media Studies

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Emerging Digital Cultures in Asia and Africa - Theory and Practice 15PMSH018 0.5
The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 15 Term 1
Topics in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSC034 15 Term 2
Studies in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSH029 15 Term 1
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 15 Term 2
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 15 Term 1
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 15 Term 2
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 15 Term 1
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 15 Term 1
Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development 15PMSH019 15 Term 1
4. Optional Courses:

Students may take a course or courses to the value of one full unit from the following lists:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Digital traditional broadcasting communication 15PMSH022 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Courses in Cinemas of Asia and Africa
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 15 Term 2
Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 15 Term 2
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 2
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 15 Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 2
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 15 Term 1
Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 15 Term 2
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
Issues in Anthropology and Film 15PANH022 15 Term 1
One option from among the following courses in Comparative Literature and Gender
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 30 Full Year
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 30 Full Year
Modern Arabic Literature and the West 15PNMC002 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 30 Full Year
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
One option from among the following courses in Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
One Option from courses in Art & Archaeology and Anthropology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Contemporary Art and the Global 15PARH085 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 15 Term 2
Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
One Option from courses in the Study of Religions and Centre for Gender Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Jewishness on Screen 15PSRH044 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
One option from courses in South Asia
A Language course (subject to availability)

One Language Acquisition course taught at SOAS (list available from the Faculty of Languages and Cultures)

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

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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 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. 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
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
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For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

An MA in Critical Media and Cultural Studies from SOAS gives students expertise in media and communications as well as the ability to identify and analyse critical issues in media and cultural studies in their full global context.  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.

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.  

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

A Student's Perspective

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.

Osama Salameh

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