M.Sc. On Campus

Social Science Research (Communication and Media)

Loughborough University

12 months
19950 GBP/year
9700 GBP/year
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The Social Science Research (Communication and Media) MSc degree at Loughborough University provides an opportunity to develop specialised research methods skills in communication and media in an internationally renowned department, as well as a comprehensive overview of the key methodological and philosophical debates that currently shape social sciences.


The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is a stimulating environment in which to pursue a postgraduate degree. It fosters interdisciplinary research and collaboration and it is internationally renowned for its research into communication and media studies.

Communication and media research in the School is conducted in its Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (CRCC) which was established in 1991. The centre is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and its core themes include: culture, economy, and policy; language and social interaction; media, memory, and history; nations, migrants, and citizenship; political communication; and social, political, and cultural theory.


The Social Science Research (Communication and Media) MSc degree at Loughborough University is in full compliance with the Economic and Social Research Council’s requirements for an MSc in Social Science Research. On completion of the course, you will have met the training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing future doctoral funding from this research council.

Graduates of our postgraduate communication and media programmes have gone on to enjoy careers within a diverse range of organisations, including ADVENTI Communication, Bloomberg Businessweek China, Brightwire News, China Daily, Fujian Broadcasting & TV Network Group, Hakka TV, Jiangsu Broadcasting Coorporation, KPMG, Land Crawford Ltd, QS Intelligence Unit, Shanghai Media Group, Viacom, and Xinhua News Agency; and in a wide variety of roles, such as Editor on New Media, Journalist, Marketing Coordinator, Marketing Communication Manager, Media Coordinator, Media Producer, Multi-screen Interactive Editor, News Centre Video Director, Reporter, and Writer.


This programme is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Dissertation in Social Science Research (Communication)
  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Design and Practice
  • Advanced Methods 2: Advanced Content Analysis
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a wide range of subjects.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19950 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9700 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time students, or those taking a postgraduate certificate or a postgraduate diploma, should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

Living costs for Loughborough

600 - 1000 GBP /month
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