Postgraduate programmes

Media & Digital Communications

MA

Learn the theory and practice of digital communications from expert professionals.

  • NameMedia & Digital Communications
  • QualificationMA
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • UCAS CodeN/A
  • Study modeFull time
  • Duration12 months
  • Tuition fees£18,500 *
  • ScholarshipsYes *
  • Next start dateSeptember 2019
  • Study abroadNo
  • ValidationRegent's University London
  • *For more information please refer to the fees and financial support sections below.

The MA Media & Digital Communications bridges the traditions established in the study of 20th century media with the innovative and emerging practices of the 21st century. You will learn a range of communicative and creative practices within media that are being shaped by technological change and digital communications.

This programme will provide you with a thorough grounding in media and communications as an academic field and set of industries. You will gain a critical awareness of current issues in practice and explore approaches and solutions. You will learn how to use analytical techniques to understand changing audiences and emerging technologies for digital content. These problem-solving skills are essential for critical thinking and for success in the 21st Century media landscape.

The programme offers core modules focusing on fundamental concepts, complemented by an exciting range of optional modules representing the breadth of issues and topics relevant to media and digital communications today.

The modules and structure of the programme have been prepared in consultation with leading academics, digital entrepreneurs, industry insiders, recent graduates and a range of students.

You will also be able to choose your final assessment, which can be a dissertation, or a creative project or an industry placement. During this period you will engage with employability and personal development sessions, in order to consolidate your academic experience and prepare yourself for the next exciting stage in your professional career.

London is a media capital and global hub for digital innovation. This programme will encourage you to make the most of studying in the capital. You will go on field trips, network with industry experts and attend guest lectures to help you contextualise your studies and learn from the best in the business.

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There is one entry point in September and the expected completion time for the programme is 12 months.

The following core modules are compulsory:

  • Core Concepts in Media and Communications
  • Media Research Design and Methods
  • Research Innovations and Digital Methods
  • Social Media and Digital Culture

In addition, you will choose one of the following three final assessment options:

  • Dissertation
  • Project
  • Placement plus project

See module descriptions

As well as the required core modules, you will choose 20 credits of elective modules each term. These include specialist modules designed for media and digital communications. You will also be able to choose modules from other popular postgraduate programmes such as Fashion Journalism, Marketing Psychology and Business and Management.

Each term there will be a minimum of four option modules on offer. Some of these modules are worth 10 credits and others are worth 20 credits. Students must choose one or two courses totalling 20 credits per term (40 credits over both Autumn and Spring terms).

Modules marked with a star (*) may be offered on a rotating basis, and may not be available during your year of study. Elective modules will be considered whenever possible.

  • 21st Century Media Law and Regulations*
  • Brands, Ads, and Aspirations (Marketing Psychology)
  • Emerging Technologies*
  • Fashion Cultures: History, Theory, Creativity (Fashion)
  • Global Media and Creative Economies
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Business and Management)
  • Love in a Digital Age
  • Marketing Communication (Marketing Psychology)
  • Mediating Sex, Gender and Identity
  • New Ideas in Digital Media (Fashion)
  • Specialist Topics in Media and Communications*
  • Transmedia Storytelling Across Platforms

See a list of elective modules descriptions.

 

The MA in Media & Digital Communications is informed by both industry and research in order to deliver the most relevant content and develop future-facing skills.

Teaching methods include:

  • Computer labs
  • Concept mapping
  • Creative labs
  • Digital media analysis
  • Field trips
  • Film screenings
  • Horizon scanning
  • Metrics
  • Social network analysis
  • Taught lectures

These methods focus on individual and collaborative work, and are useful across knowledge and practice-oriented modules.

Contact hours and expected workload

There is an expectation that you will build and supplement your knowledge and skills with your own additional independent learning, as directed by your lecturers. This additional learning will include traditional skills like reading articles, core texts, and other key works, and you will also be expected to develop analytical skills through digital tools and programmes, such as social network analysis, digital surveys, social scraping, and using metrics.

You will take four core modules offered in Autumn and Spring, each of which are 20 credits. This will total 44 contact hours, alongside 156 hours of collaborative work, tutorials, independent learning, and preparation for assessments and course material. Although varied, each core module has at least two assessments as appropriate to the material.

You also have a number of different electives to choose from, representing the rich diversity of the field. Those modules, worth 20 credits, follow the same contact hours and workload as the 20 credit core modules.

Elective modules worth 10 credits provide 22 contact hours, and 78 hours of collaborative work, independent learning, tutorials, and preparation for assessments and course material, as appropriate to each module.

Finally, you will have a choice of your final assessment: either a research-oriented dissertation, or a creative project, or a placement. Each of these final assessments is worth 60 credits, involving a combination of directed learning and providing an opportunity for you to consolidate your new-found skills, knowledge, and expertise in independent and collaborative ways.

Teaching staff

Programmes are taught by a diverse range of experts, including academic specialists, industry leaders, and practice-based insiders.

  • Leslie Viney, Principal Lecturer
  • Olaf Jubin, Professor
  • Bhavini Desai, Course Leader
  • Nessa Adams, Lecturer
  • Felix de Beaumont, Senior Lecturer
  • Karine Mangion, Senior Lecturer
  • Nkechi Amobi, Lecturer
  • Marina Ratchitskiy, Senior Lecturer
  • Julia Robson, Lecturer
  • Visiting specialists

Methods of assessment

A wide range of assessment methods draw from both knowledge and practice-oriented skills, based on personalised instruction, guidance and supervision. In addition to traditional assessments like essays, portfolios, presentations, you will also be asked to engage a range of creative, digital, learner, and research-oriented assessment methods, incorporating design-thinking, data visualizations, collaboration, and digital labs. Some of these more innovative methods include concept mapping, social network analysis, transmedia strategy, digital platform analysis, and foresight analysis.

Disability Support

​We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions. 

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you​. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us

 

This programme enables you to develop a portfolio of transferable skills that will enhance your employment prospects across a wide range of fields including:

  • Academic
  • Communications expert
  • Media Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Researcher
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Civil Servant
  • Social and digital media analyst/content developer/manager/writer

At Regent’s we believe in helping you get the most out of your experience, and provide every student with employability and personal development sessions prior to completion of your final module (dissertation or project or placement). These focused and personalised sessions will help you consolidate your skills and learning and help you communicate them to the right people and places, while planning your next steps.

Academic Requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be. We are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding a minimum lower second class (2:2) UK Honours undergraduate degree from a recognised institution. Other equivalent international qualifications from recognised institutions will be accepted.

We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • Provide a 1000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

English requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 6.0 or above in all 4 component parts
  • Pearson’s Test for English (PTE): Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test. This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact admit@regents.ac.uk. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to admit@regents.ac.uk.

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.
  • A 500-700 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview. Interviews can take the form of a one-to-one interview or group interview. These are generally conducted on campus but may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 2 Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.
We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.
Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.
Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students
If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Tuition fee – 12 months’ tuition

Starting September 2019: £18,500

Non EU Advance Deposit (non-refundable)

£4,000

Home/EU deposit (non-refundable)

£1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources.

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?  

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing.

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for the full programme of study
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

 

 

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships

Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to enrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you. Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. 

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Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018-19

Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).

Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.

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India Postgraduate Taught Masters scholarships

Regent’s University London has a long-standing tradition of welcoming talented students from all over India. Our students from this region have always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and have graduated from Regent’s fully equipped to join a large multinational, start their own company or join the family business. Regent’s is therefore pleased to offer five postgraduate scholarships specifically for students of Indian nationality, each worth £3,000.

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Regent’s Family Reward

Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding* for students studying at Regent's University London.

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US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Norway

Loans and grants for Norwegian students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Sweden

Loans and grants for Swedish students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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