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The media industry is changing quickly, and success depends on keeping up. If you're preparing for a career in this exciting field, our MA Media and Communications degree course at University of Portsmouth will help you stand out from the competition.

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Overview

Overview

You'll unpack the current and historic effects of media on society, and learn about how traditional and new media can be used to communicate different messages. You'll combine cultural, historical and industry-specific analysis with theoretical study, and develop a deeper critical appreciation for the media too. You'll also have the chance to test your creativity, by producing screenplays and TV scripts.

Once you graduate, you'll be able to pursue roles across the media industry, including publishing, journalism, scriptwriting, film and media management.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Study a range of political, industry-based, and text-based approaches to media and its communication strategies, in film, television, magazines, newspapers, fiction, graphic novels and comics
  • Research, analyse and critique film and TV scripts
  • Understand the important themes in the media industry, including media politics, media cultures and media industries
  • Produce screenplays for film and television while working with a specialist tutor
  • Develop your own interests through your dissertation, industry study, screenwriting project or work placement project
  • Be supported by a team of experienced lecturers who have researched and published in their specialist areas, and who bring those specialisms to their teaching sessions
  • Use our University research services, including open access computing facilities and our extensive library and online resources
  • Get involved in our dynamic research culture through your film and TV dissertation
  • Engage with our researchers and published experts, many of whom are well known internationally in the field

Work experience and career planning

If you choose the optional 'Industry study' unit, you'll conduct an extended and individual study of a media industry, which can include a work placement. Many students have found this work placement to be advantageous when securing a role after their studies.

Whichever units you choose, we'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. 

When you finish the course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • seminar
  • lectures
  • screenplay development

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • individual oral presentations

Careers and opportunities

On this course, you'll develop the necessary expertise to prepare you for roles within the media and other creative industries, in particular film and television. You'll also be well prepared for further postgraduate study, such as a PhD or teaching qualification.

Career opportunities include:

  • Film and media management
  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Journalism
  • Media

Key information

Duration

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

Start dates & application deadlines

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September

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Delivered

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.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

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).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience or qualifications
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5, with no component score below 6.0

Funding

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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