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Media and Communication, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #591 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The Media and Communication course at Kingston University offers a cross-disciplinary insight into the role and function of media in contemporary society, examining how we can all survive in the current media environment. It focuses on the centrality of modern media forms and practices in our daily communication, and how they facilitate and constrain the way we communicate with each other.


Key features

  • Opportunity to join a diverse and international student cohort from all walks of life. Former and current students include a South Korean graduate with 20 year experience in TV production, a professional photographer from Lebanon, a dance graduate from Liverpool, a London-based filmmaker and podcast producer.
  • The course explores different aspects of the media industries and professions and will allow you to develop well-rounded communication, marketing and advertising skills.
  • The choice of option modules allows you to tailor the course to your personal interests.
  • Core and optional modules integrate media practice and media theory, giving you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth and gain valuable research and practice skills.
  • Teaching is research-led by a London-based international team of academics with specialist knowledge of the most recent ideas and innovations in the field.

What will you study?

Communication media are present in all aspects of our daily lives in all shapes and forms: old and new, digital and analogue, hardware and software, architecture and big data, image and text, communities and selfies... Media and communication technologies and cultures play an important role in the organisation and management of social, political, and economic institutions. 

The Media and Communication course at Kingston University is designed to provide a critical overview and survey of today's media landscape and media environments.

The compulsory core modules provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical and empirical approaches to studying media institutions, texts and communication practices. The option modules allow you to specialise in research areas that interest you within this broad field, and enable you to examine various media industries and communication practices within their historical, economic, political and social contexts.

Where this course will take you

Many of our alumni currently work in the media and cultural industries, government (e.g. parliamentary communication officer), PR (marketing executive for a legal firm; event manager), publishing, radio and journalism (e.g. online publications editor, radio presenter, journalist). Two recent graduates took part in the Facebook Design Jam workshops and were so successful that one has been offered a role at Facebook in London.  Many others have launched successful start up businesses (headphones, digital art, fashion...etc.) 

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • From Mass Media to New Media: Theories, Approaches, Applications
  • Media and Cinema in a Global Context
  • Media and Communication Dissertation
  • Freedom, Censorship and Subversion
  • Cinematic Animals: Monsters, Beasts, and Humans on Film
  • Creating Magazines: Content and Context
  • Special Study: Multi-Platform Political Communication

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      2 years including professional placement

    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • 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: 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).

General Requirements

  • a second class degree or above (or equivalent) in a related subject in the humanities or social sciences; and/or
  • comparable professional or research experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7125 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7125 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.

Home and European Union:

  • MA part time: £3,918

Overseas (not EU):

  • MA part time: £7,755

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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