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Media, Communication and Global Development, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #751 (QS) London, United Kingdom
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. 
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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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    12840 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12840 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9120 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9120 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Part-time UK/EU: £1,520 per 30 credit module

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 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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