This exciting MA will be delivered by a team of experienced academics and practitioners bringing to you in-depth insights and latest trends in the media communications and PR sectors.

Dr Agnes Gulyas, Professor in Media and Communications

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    Our course in Media, Communications & PR offers a stimulating programme with a unique blend of academic study, professional knowledge and skills development as well as opportunities for you to become a researcher in your own right.

    We know that lives are busy, so we designed the course to be taught through a combination of intensive in person sessions, online interactive and self-directed teaching, as well as group and individual tutorials. Our programme will equip you with highly employable skills and advanced knowledge base to critically understand and navigate this environment both as an individual and in your professional roles.

    Why study Media, Communications and PR? 

    This is most exciting time to study and interrogate media, communications and PR. The world is heavily mediated and digital communication intertwines all aspects of our lives. Never in history has the demand for media, communication and PR skills and knowledge been greater. Not surprisingly, the sectors play key social, cultural and economic roles both within the UK and on a global scale, and are important providers of employment. But these sectors are also characterised by fast-paced changes, to which individuals and organisations constantly need to adapt.

      All about the course

      The course is for everyone who wishes to study the fascinating fields of media, communications and PR at postgraduate level. It is designed for graduates who have completed a degree in a related field and wish to develop their career prospects; or graduates who have completed a degree in a different discipline but now wish to pursue a career in media, communications or PR.

      It is also designed for those who already work in a related role and who wish to enhance their effectiveness and confidence in the workplace or to develop their career prospects.

      We are proud to work with students with varied protected characteristics, including age, disability, race, sex and sexual orientation, and aim to provide appropriate support for individual needs.

      Entry requirements

      Undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or alternative qualifications and substantial relevant experience may be considered.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      The course is made up of six core modules spanning the breadth of the media, communications and PR subject areas. These are:

      • Creativity, Culture, and Community (20 credits)
      • Communication Campaigns and Strategies (20 credits)
      • Collaborative Practice (40 credits)
      • Media and PR practices and contexts (20 credits)
      • Professional Development (20 credits)
      • Final Project (60 credits)

      Before starting the course you'll be invited to attend an induction session which will give you details about academic, research and writing skills needed to study at postgraduate level. The induction will include such elements as library skills, IT applications, relevant software skills, research skills and writing at Master’s level. It is also an opportunity to meet with other students on the course.

      The course is taught through a combination of intensive in person sessions, online interactive and self-directed teaching, as well as group and individual tutorials. Face to face sessions will take place in Canterbury on our main campus next to the city centre. Students will receive over 260 hours scheduled contact over their course, and are expected to supplement this with independent study. Our online Virtual Learning Environment allows students to interact with each other outside of the physical class time, allowing a lively culture to develop, even at a distance.

      How you’ll be assessed

      Throughout the course your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed through a variety of learning activities. You will be encouraged to engage in self-assessment and may be actively involved in peer assessment.

      Formally, the course is assessed solely through coursework, including portfolio work, reports, essays and presentations.

      Your future career

      Graduates of this course will be able to pursue careers in a variety of media and communications roles, including in strategic communications, project management in related fields, managerial positions in media and communication agencies, communication or social media managers in for profit or non-profit organisations, audience insights, media sales and planning.

      Candidates who are already in the workplace will benefit from using their new-found qualification and confidence to progress their careers with their current employer, or to use it to secure promotions or new employment elsewhere. They can also use the qualification as a way to improve what they are undertaking within their current role.

      Students completing this MA could also go on to a PhD in Media and Communications or Media and Cultural Studies, or could undertake a teaching qualification to take their practice into a school, FE or HE setting.


      Government loans of up to £11,570 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

      The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £8,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,125 N/A

      20% Alumni Discount

      We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

      Find out if you're eligible for the discount.


      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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