Postgraduate programmes

Media & Digital Communications

MA

Bridging foundations in established media with future-facing digital theories and skills, our exciting new MA will prepare graduates for the global media of the 21st century.

  • NameMedia & Digital Communications
  • QualificationMA
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • UCAS CodeN/A
  • Study modeFull time
  • Duration12 months
  • Tuition fees£18,000 *
  • ScholarshipsYes *
  • Next start dateSeptember 2018
  • Study abroadNo
  • ValidationSubject to validation

The Regent’s MA in Media & Digital Communications bridges the traditions established in the study of 20th century media with the innovative and emerging practices of the 21st century. Students will learn about a range of communicative and creative practices within media that are increasingly shaped by technological change and digital communications.

Students on this programme will gain a wide-ranging conceptual foundation for understanding the development and growth of media and communications as an academic field, as a cultural landscape, and as complex, networked industries. You will gain a critical awareness of current problems and emerging methods and analytic techniques needed to address audiences, data, digital communications, and social media.

The degree offers an exciting range of optional modules to represent the breadth of issues and topics relevant to media and digital communications today. From investigating love in a digital age, to learning techniques for telling stories across multiple platforms and formats, the degree will prepare students with future-facing skills needed for careers in a continually evolving professional landscape.

London is a living classroom on the degree, connecting students to a media capital and global hub for digital innovation. Guest speakers, practitioners, industry experts and specialists in the field of theory or practice, will contribute to the degree and work with students to enhance their learning and skills.

A special feature of this MA is that it allows you to choose your final assessment, which can be a dissertation, or a creative project or an industry placement. During this period, you will engage with employability and personal development sessions, in order to consolidate your academic experience and prepare yourself for the next exciting stage in their futures.

Length
There is one entry point in September and the expected completion time for the MA is 12 months. In order to receive the MA award, you must successfully complete 180 credits. You must take four core modules (80 credits), two to four option modules (totalling 40 credits), and one final assessment module (60 credits). The following core modules are compulsory and each module is worth 20 credits:

Autumn

  • Core concepts in media and communications
  • Media research design and methods

Spring

  • Social media and digital culture
  • Research innovations and digital methods

In addition, you will choose one of the following three final assessment options, each worth 60 credits:

  • Dissertation
  • Project
  • Placement plus project

In addition to the required core modules, you will choose 40 credits worth of elective modules or 20 credits each term. These include specialist and interdisciplinary modules designed for media & digital communications, as well as modules from other popular postgraduate degrees such as Fashion Journalism, Marketing Psychology and Business and Management. Each term there will be a minimum of four option modules on offer. Some of these modules are worth 10 credits and others are worth 20 credits.
Students must choose one or two courses totalling 20 credits per term (40 credits over both Autumn and Spring terms).

Modules marked with a star (*) may be offered on a rotating basis, and may not be available during your year of study. Elective modules will be considered whenever possible.

  • Global media and creative economies
  • Transmedia storytelling across platforms
  • 21st Century media law and regulations*
  • Emerging technologies*
  • Specialist topics in media and communications*
  • Mediating sex, gender and identity
  • Love in a digital age
  • Fashion cultures: History, theory, creativity (Fashion)
  • New ideas in digital media (Fashion)
  • Marketing communication (Marketing psychology)
  • Brands, ads, and aspirations (Marketing psychology)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Business and management)

See module descriptions

For a list of elective modules for MA Media & Digital Communications please see here

Teaching at Regent’s is highly personalised and tailored towards maximising student engagement and flexible learning. The MA in Media & Digital Communications is informed by both industry and research in order to deliver the most relevant content and develop future-facing skills. Courses are taught by a diverse range of experts, including academic specialists, industry leaders, and practice-based insiders.

Classroom methods draw from innovative learning methods including concept mapping, horizon scanning and creative labs, as well as established techniques including taught lectures, computer labs, film screenings and field trips. These methods focus on individual and collaborative work, and are useful across knowledge and practice-oriented modules. These highly specialised teaching and learning methods provide an important foundation for student-focused learning, guidance and supervision.

The MA in Media & Digital Communications is open to those with prior experience and to those with no prior knowledge of the subject. However, there is an expectation that you will build and supplement your knowledge and skills with your own additional independent learning, as directed by your lecturers. This additional learning will include traditional skills like reading articles, core texts, and other key works, and you will also be expected to develop analytical skills through digital tools and programmes.

At Regent’s, we believe that learning technology should be a supplement rather than a substitute for live teaching and personal learning. To supplement your studies, material is made available on your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Blackboard. We have a dedicated, award-winning Learning Technology Team.

The hybrid nature of the programme, which bridges tradition with innovation and the theoretical with the practical, enables you to develop a range of generalist and specialist skills. These transferable skills will enhance your employment prospects across a wide range of media & digital communications related fields. Your knowledge and skills will open doors to you in a wide range of areas such as digital communications, media production, media research, public relations, journalism, marketing, or for further education.

At Regent’s we believe in helping you get the most out of your experience, and provide every student with employability and personal development sessions prior to completion of your final module (dissertation or project or placement). These focused and personalised sessions will help you consolidate your skills and learning and help you communicate them to the right people and places, while planning your next steps.

Academic Requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be. We are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding a minimum lower second class (2:2) UK Honours undergraduate degree from a recognised institution. Other equivalent international qualifications from recognised institutions will be accepted.

We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • Provide a 1000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

English requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 6.0 or above in all 4 component parts
  • Pearson’s Test for English (PTE): Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficincy, please see our English language courses.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test. This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact admit@regents.ac.uk. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to admit@regents.ac.uk.

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.
  • A 500-700 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview. Interviews can take the form of a one-to-one interview or group interview. These are generally conducted on campus but may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 2 Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.
We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.
Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.
Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students
If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Fees September 2018

Tuition fee: £18,000
Home/EU advance deposit: £1,000 (non-refundable)
Non-EU advance deposit: £4,000 (non-refundable)

Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Annual fees for students commencing studies in spring will span financial years. Spring and autumn fees will be invoiced at the rate applicable for that term.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Fulbright Commission All-Disciplines (Open) Postgraduate Award

Awards to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, or to conduct a period of independent research, covers the first year's tuition and a living stipend.

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Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships

Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to enrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you. Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. 

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Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018-19

Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).

Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.

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India Postgraduate Taught Masters scholarships

Regent’s University London has a long-standing tradition of welcoming talented students from all over India. Our students from this region have always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and have graduated from Regent’s fully equipped to join a large multinational, start their own company or join the family business.  Regent’s is therefore pleased to offer five postgraduate scholarships specifically for students of Indian nationality, each worth £3,000.

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Regent’s Family Reward

Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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