MA Media and Global Development
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Arts
- Course Length
- 1 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2023
Key topics addressed in this course include behaviour change communication, participatory communication, press freedom, NGO fundraising and representations of development.
In recent years, we’ve had an impressive line-up of seminars, lectures and workshops from organisations including Save the Children, FCDO and WaterAid.
In addition, students can attend professional skills courses such as Participatory Photography and Introduction to Fundraising and get involved with UEA societies such as UEATV, Concrete Magazine and Live Wire.
You’ll find this course relevant if you’ve recently completed undergraduate study with an interest in the relationship between media and development, or if you’ve already worked in the media or in the field of development.
Please note we are changing our name to the School of Global Development from 1 August 2023, as we mark our 50th Anniversary.
Get to grips with a fascinating subject on this innovative programme. You’ll address current theories, practice and research surrounding the relationship between media and development, and you’ll have the freedom to choose from a wide range of specialist optional modules and training courses.
This Masters programme has three specialist modules: Media, Communication and Development , Media and Development in Practice and Media, Democracy and Social Change.
This core content is taught by specialist staff with expertise in media and development across a range of thematic areas including refugees and communication, humanitarian journalism, charity campaigns and more.
Past graduates have gone on to work in a range of fields including humanitarian communication, NGO communications, development journalism, media development, journalism and academia.
Study and Modules
At the heart of this Master’s programme are three unique modules. Media, Communication and Development helps students understand how the media can be used to promote global development and humanitarian assistance. When and how can the media influence aid policy, for example? How are the media used for fundraising, advocacy, and campaigning by international organisations? The media can also help to deliver public health messages during emergencies, promote human rights, and facilitate collective action - but what is the most effective way of helping it to do so? Students on this module will address these and other key questions as part of critical introductions to the fields of communication for development, humanitarian communication, and media development. This is one of the most popular modules in the School.
Media and Development in Practice provides students the opportunity to gain practical experience by working on a live project that uses media in the pursuit of social change. Students will also critically reflect on the issues and processes involved in project design, development, and delivery. Recent project partners include Future Radio, the Public Media Alliance, British Red Cross, Action Aid, BBC Voices, Girl Effect and WaterAid.
The module Media, Democracy and Social Change will teach you about the role of the media in sustaining, and undermining, democracy. Students on this module will learn about how communication helps to determine where power lies in society – and how to carry out their own critical analysis of media content. Finally, students will learn about the particular role of the media in migration and social movements. Throughout, students will be encouraged to think critically about evidence, methods, theories – and their own experiences of the media.
You’ll be given the opportunity to either write a dissertation in the summer term or take a work-placement module giving you the kind of experience that sets you apart. In the past, students have secured internships and work placements at various organisations including the UN, Inter Press Service, UNESCO, UNRISD, the BBC, the Overseas Development Institute, BBC Media Action, Girls Not Brides, Save the Children, British Red Cross, Refugee Council and Video Volunteers.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 60)
Optional B Modules(Credits: 20)
Optional C Modules(Credits: 40)
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching methods include mainly lectures and seminars. Your lectures go beyond the customary ‘chalk-and-talk’ approach, and include a range of interactive tasks and activities. The use of technology is also widespread.
Through seminar group work and presentations, you’ll be able to develop transferable skills such as articulating an argument both orally and in writing and presenting academic information in a clear and cogent manner.
You’ll read suggested academic articles and books, submitting assignments as specified for each module. Your independent study gives you the chance to prepare for in-class sessions and assignments, and to concentrate on the areas that interest you the most.
You’ll be assessed using a variety of methods, including presentations, essays, and an optional dissertation. Further assessment methods will differ depending on the optional modules you choose.
You’ll receive oral feedback on your arguments and ideas during seminars, which helps you develop skills in articulating an argument verbally.
You’ll also be encouraged to prepare essay plans or outlines in advance of essay deadlines, and to discuss these with the relevant lecturer during their office hours or by email. In addition, you’ll typically receive oral and/or written feedback on an initial coursework assignment well in advance of your deadline for the main coursework assignment.
Finally, the dissertation enables you to develop specific research skills such as conducting research using primary and secondary data, researching specific topics and questions, thinking critically, and linking theoretical concepts to practical issues.
If you have additional needs due to disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia, please talk to our Student Support Services about how we can help.
- Degree Classification
- UK 2.1 or equivalent
- Degree Subject
- Social Sciences, preferably media or development
- English Foreign Language
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
IELTS: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in only two components with 6.0 in the others)
PTE (Pearson): 64 (minimum 59 in only two components with 64 in the others)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.
Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests
INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not meet the English requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA run pre-sessional English courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.
Additional Information or Requirements
Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate degree from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.
Relevant work experience is desirable.
If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected masters degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:
Fees and Funding
Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2023/24 are:
UK Students: £9,650 (full time)
International Students: £19,800 (full time)
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).
We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.
Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
To apply please use our online application form.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
After the Course
Upon completing your MA you’ll be equipped with a range of transferable skills, which means you can pursue a variety of exciting careers both in and beyond international development.
Graduates have gone on to work in a range of fields including humanitarian communication, NGO and charity communications, development journalism, media development, journalism and academia.
You’ll also be well qualified to enter a PhD programme with a view to continuing to an academic career both in the UK and overseas.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of careers you could enter include:
Media team leader for international charity
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
News editor or journalist