Media, Communication and Global Development

University of East London

12 months
13200 GBP/year
9420 GBP/year
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The Media, Communication and Global Development course, offered by University of East London, will give you a comprehensive, advanced and critical understanding of the relationships between the media and global development sector and practitioners. It will also equip you with the knowledge to analyse and communicate development information journalistically and academically. 


Are you a journalist or communications professional keen to learn more about contemporary global development issues? Are you a development practitioner or NGO staff needing to update your understanding of the media? Have you ever wondered how today’s NGOs are responding to the digital media revolution? Do you want to enrich your understanding of global development issues and produce informed yet critical news and information? 

Are you interested in engaging with some of the most important topics in today’s globalised world while enhancing your analytical and media production skills? We will provide you with a conducive environment to learn about and participate in debates such as: 

  • What is the role of citizen journalists in mediating development news?
  • How can ICTs contribute to development and development communication?
  • How can we better understand and communicate the realities of globalisation and sustainable development?
  • How can media production practices be critically informed?
  • What are the dynamics linking conflict, religion, displacement and human insecurity?
  • How does the media represent environmental issues?

What you'll learn

Your study will provide a platform to engage in and contribute to current and historical debates about globalisation, mediatisation, international development and the media.

The Media, Communication and Global Development course, offered by University of East London, gives the technical know-how and resources to produce development news and information in various multimedia formats. You will learn how to write for social media and policy briefings, blog and present complex ideas in ethical and creative ways. You will have opportunities to extend your networks, meeting and interacting with industry players in media, international development and the NGO sector. You will learn how to plan and undertake your own research project and to communicate your research findings.

You will have the option to study for a postgraduate certificate or diploma.

  • Postgraduate Certificate - This will be available to students completing 60 credits of programme modules: Critical Approaches plus Development Management in the International Context.
  • PG Diploma - This will be available to students completing 120 credits from the course but not the 60 credit dissertation. Modules taken will be the above two core modules + two optional modules.

Your future career

Increasingly, the development sector needs those with a sound understanding of the way the media works and the practical skills to develop and implement communication strategies. Likewise, journalists are required to cover complex global issues with knowledge and empathy.

This course responds to these challenges as it focuses strongly on employability. It is designed to enhance the critical understandings of global development by those already working as journalists and to provide development professionals with the opportunity to enhance their media and communication skills.

The course will enhance your abilities to grow your networks among professionals in your field, moving you towards to a new role that is aligned with your new skill set and interests.

The course will equip you to work in the media, policy institutions, development agencies, NGOs or communication roles in government or international organisations. Those who enjoy and thrive on research may wish pursue a PhD or MPhil.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  •  Critical Approaches to the Media, Communication and Development
  •  Development Management in the International Context
  •  Research Methods for the Social Sciences 
  •  Dissertation

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum 2.2 Honours in a Relevant Subject
  • We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9420 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9420 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • Part-time UK/EU: £1,570 per 30 credit module


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Media, Communication and Global Development
University of East London