12 months
21980 GBP/year
10680 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Global Media and Communications from SOAS University of London is unique in that it offers a critical appraisal and critique of Western Media and Communication theories and approaches through focusing on the complex specificities of Asia, Africa and the Middle East and their diasporas. 

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Drawing on the grounded expertise of staff, it offers a specialised study of the global media environment in relation to Asian, African and Middle Eastern societies and cultures, together with rigorous training in and questioning of contemporary media and communication theory.

We ask what concerns and hopes the people of the regions we study have; how should we address comparatively the global role of mass and digital media in contemporary politics and conflict, as well as processes of exclusion, inequalities, development, participation and empowerment. By considering how, where and by whom media is produced, consumed and used, students develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical, methodological and empirical issues involved in the analysis of non-western media and communications within historical and contemporary contexts. Students will address alternative ways to situate mediated articulations of agency and subjectivity in non-Western contexts through engaging with various texts challenging the hegemonic claims of mainstream Western media theory that insists the rest of the world subscribe to a narrow exclusive vision of the world.


Graduates from the Centre for Global Media and Communications at SOAS University of London 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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Topics in Global Media and Communication
  • Theoretical Issues in Global Media and Communication
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • International Political Communication
  • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications
  • Studies in Global Digital Cultures
  • Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits

120 taught credits (including core, compulsory and option modules) and a 60 credit, 10,000 word dissertation


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

We will consider all applications with a high 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21980 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21980 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    10680 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10680 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

PT fees (2 years):

  • UK - 5,340 GBP/year
  • Overseas  - 10,990 GBP/year

PT fees (3 years):

  • UK - 3,560 GBP/year
  • Overseas - 7,330 GBP/year

PT fees (4 years - intensive language only):

  • UK - 5,340 GBP/year
  • Overseas  - 10,990 GBP/year

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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