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MA Global Media and Politics

Goldsmiths, University of London
Program overview
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
17 January 2022

03 May 2022

Program description

MA Global Media and Politics

This MA unpacks the nitty-gritty of global transformations where media and politics, culture and society converge. Its cutting-edge approach to study provides you with the analytical skills and hands-on experience to grasp these shifts in theory and practice.

The programme addresses key questions central to the relationship between global media and politics, culture and society, such as:

  • What is the relationship between everyday life our own and that of others online and offline?
  • Can political institutions ensure that the online environment is safe for all, or should this be left to internet service providers?
  • How do we protect fundamental rights and freedoms online such as freedom of expression in the wake of terrorist attacks?
  • What are the differences between how public and private broadcasters, activists, artists, and communities make use of social media?

Studying on this MA, you will focus on critical themes like the Digital Divide, privacy and surveillance, freedom of expression, and the climate crisis. You will also explore the role and impact of governments, international organisations, broadcasters, activists, artists, and communities.

These issues are more important now than ever, in the wake of both climate change activism and the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as worldwide mobilisation such as the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements. In the context of fast-changing markets in digital goods and services and technological advances such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G networks, and machine learning programs, these issues underscore our increasing dependence on digital, networked technologies.

Spending time online is now the rule rather than the exception, as nearly half of the worlds population is active on at least one major social media platform. This dependence has implications for the politics of technology design, internet-access and terms of use, for how our personal data is collected and stored, media and internet-policy agendas, and public life in general. Such developments deserve closer study as battles for ownership and control of internet-dependent media and communications gather momentum, and global markets in digital goods and services shift their geocultural axis as they undergo fundamental transformations.

This MA programme interrogates these broad trends and their local manifestations from a critical, culturally comparative, and historical perspective. The term “global” works as a critical point of reference as well as a descriptor of how the contemporary domains of politics, media, and communications are interconnected at home and abroad, on an intimate, interpersonal, and planetary scale.

Who can apply

The MA in Global Media and Politics attracts budding scholars, media and communications professionals, journalists, artists and filmmakers, policy-makers, and activists from around the world, and across the spectrum of academic and professional backgrounds. It is particularly suitable for those wanting to move their knowledge and analytical skills up a level, either for further study or career advancement. It is also suitable for anyone with an interest in, or experience with the media and cultural sectors, creative industries, non-profits and other third sector organisations, alternative media outlets, the arts, community networks, international NGOs, as well as governmental and intergovernmental organizations.

Admission requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you arent a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more aboutthe qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isnt your first language, you will need an IELTS score (orequivalent English language qualification) of6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range ofcourses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Compulsory modules

  • Global media and politics 1: Orientations
  • Global media and politics 2: Further Explorations
  • Dissertation

You will also take a compulsory Research Skills module as integral part of successfully completing your dissertation, where you will cover topics such as:

  • research design and planning - from start to finish
  • deciding on a topic/research question formulation
  • finding and using the literature at an advanced level
  • selected data-gathering and analysis across the arts, humanities, and social science spectrum
  • academic thinking, writing, and presentation
  • citation formats, ethics that matter, and the theory-method relationship from several angles
  • coping with stress, being creative, and originality

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Local students - full-time: £8990
  • Local students - part-time: £4495
  • International Students- full-time: £17760

Career opportunities

Our alumni work for internet companies (e.g. Google, Apple, Microsoft), national governments around the world, intergovernmental agencies (e.g. Council of Europe, UNESCO), think tanks, non-profits and international NGOs (e.g. Amnesty, Greenpeace, Carnegie Foundation, Centre for Investigative Journalism, Privacy International), public and private broadcasting corporations and (e.g. the BBC, CNN International), in the arts and cultural sectors (e.g. museums, theatres, galleries). Others have continued and established careers as policy advisors, documentary filmmakers, TV producers, journalists, musicians, and technology experts whilst a number go on to pursue an academic or research-based career path.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

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8 Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
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