12 months
23400 GBP/year
11980 GBP/year
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The MA Media in Development from SOAS University of London  draws on from critical media and cultural studies’ theory, practical knowledge and experience, alongside critical debates within and about development, to challenge assumptions about the role of media and development industries as agents of change in the contemporary world. 

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The MA Media in Development from SOAS University of London  challenges the assumptions behind the media and development industries and development studies and offers new ways of thinking about the critical issues facing societies today such as climate change. 

The approach balances critical theoretical analysis of the hegemony implied by the ideas and practices of development with the practical issues surrounding the use of contemporary media, including the use of digital technologies for development communication, online activism, developmental journalism, and information and communications technologies for development.


As well as academic expertise, MA Media in Development graduates from SOAS gain a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek. These include; written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.  This postgraduate degree provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.  

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Associated Press
  • Breakthrough Breast Cancer
  • British Film Institute
  • Comic Relief
  • Cordoba African Film Festival
  • Discovery Communications
  • European Commission
  • Hackney Film Festival
  • Institute of Ismaili Studies
  • International Channel Shanghai
  • Merlin
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • Royal College of Art
  • The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
  • United Nations
  • Zanan TV

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Research & Communications Manager
  • Senior Publicist
  • Teacher
  • Events Manager
  • Advisor
  • Designer
  • Journalist
  • International Program Coordinator
  • Creative Assistant
  • Consultant
  • Communications Officer
  • Policy Advisor
  • e-Learning Co-ordinator
  • Director of Academic Studies
  • Staff Writer
  • Online Editor
  • Public Information Officer
  • Video Journalist
  • Product Manager

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • International Political Communication
  • Topics in Global Digital Cultures
  • Studies in Global Digital Cultures
  • Theoretical Approaches to International Journalisms

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 23 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in social science of humanities subject. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11980 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11980 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time 2 Years

  • UK: £5,990/year
  • Overseas: £11,700/year

Part-time 3 Years

  • UK: £3,955/year
  • Overseas: £7,725/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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