• Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
Designed in conjunction with professional broadcasters and taught by media professionals, this multi-disciplinary Contemporary Media course at University of Wolverhampton combines intellectual knowledge with practical experience to give you the necessary understanding and skills to work in the constantly changing media industry.

About

The Contemporary Media course at University of Wolverhampton consists of carefully designed modules giving you an in-depth understanding of the essential elements of contemporary media, including different television genres, popular drama, news, radio, print, public relations and corporate and educational forms through differing practical approaches. You will learn th essential technical skills of self-shooting, editing and directing as well as the role of press, PR and marketing.

You will have the opportunity to choose from either an industry placement within an organisation, or a professional practice module where you will produce a piece of media text, for example a television or radio production.

  • Key elements are taught by media professionals – you find out first-hand about industry-standard practices
  • Benefit from small group, seminar-style teaching
  • The course team has close relationships with media industries in the region, including the BBC, ITV, independent producers, and press and PR companies, providing you with additional opportunities for making contacts with industry professionals

Career opportunities

  • This MA will provide you with the essential skills and knowledge for entry and future progress in positions such as a researcher (television, radio, corporate), reporter, director or production work
  • You could also enter careers in sales, scheduling and press and PR

Programme Structure

Course include:

  • Contemporary Media  Theory and History 
  • Dissertation - Practical and Written
  • Contemporary Media Dissertation - Written
  • News Production Theory and Practice 
  •  Contemporary Media Research Methods
  • Media Industry Placement
  • Ethical Issues in a Digital Age
  • Data Journalism

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    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: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper 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).

  • You should have a good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject (eg. Media, Communications, PR, Journalism), but candidates with first degrees in other Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts and Business subjects will also be considered
  • Substantial relevant experience or professional qualifications can substitute for graduate status
  • You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6250 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Part time Home/EU: £3,125

Living costs for Wolverhampton

  • 550 - 900 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

  • Postgraduate Loans
  • Charitable Funding: Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
  • University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
  • Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund  for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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