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MA Society, Culture and Media

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year September 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Sociology

Programme Director: Dr Christopher Thorpe
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0300 555 6060 (UK)  
+44 (0)1392 723192 (non-UK)

Typical offer

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2:2 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • Explore a wide range of media from an intersectional perspective and learn how media are produced, evaluated and consumed
  • Understand the relations between different media and power and the ways in which media, and more generally culture, inform human agency and subjectivity
  • Analyse portrayals of gender, class, race and sexuality in news and broadcasting, the entertainment industry, celebrity culture, advertising and gaming, among others 
  • Join a truly multicultural and culturally enriching postgraduate and research environment
  • Develop a wide range of key transferrable skills that are highly valued by employers within a range of professions
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Programme Director: Dr Christopher Thorpe

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

100% of our Sociology research has internationally excellent impact

Based on research rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021, our research in Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology and Criminology was returned to this UoA

Top 20 in the UK for Sociology

Complete University Guide 2024

Top 10 in the UK for Sociology and Social Policy

9th in the Guardian University Guide 2024

Entry requirements

We will consider applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree with 53% or above in sociology, anthropology, statistics, data or English. While we normally only consider applicants who meet this criterion, if your first degree is in a different discipline, you are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

All applicants should provide a personal statement explaining their interest in the programme and how it fits with their earlier studies.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

In this pathway, you will examine media and its relationship with the social and cultural contexts of their production and use. The core module Understanding Media introduces you to the ways in which sociologists, anthropologists and cultural theorists have conceptualised media in Western society. You will be introduced to key issues in this multidisciplinary field and explore various facets of media through an intersectional lens. With the use of specific examples, you will critically appraise social change. You will be encouraged to reflect on how gender, class, sexuality and race have been represented and the implications of these depictions on individual and collective identities.

We’ll introduce you to key issues that both classical and contemporary social theorists have addressed in their work and equip you with a broad range of conceptual tools with which to understand and research the social world. You’ll also be able to choose from a range of optional modules covering fields such as research methods, gender at work, health and wellbeing, data visualisation and philosophy of science. 

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time

International fees per year:

£24,300 full-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

The department is home to several leading figures in the subject areas covered by this pathway, giving students the opportunity to be taught by and learn from some of the most esteemed and respected scholars in their respective fields. 

Research-centred teaching is at the heart of the programme. Teaching takes place over the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Teaching is done in small seminar groups to allow students the best possible interaction with academic staff, through individual presentations and round table discussions of common readings. Assessment is through coursework which will vary depending on the modules chosen and a dissertation, which will provide students with the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of research on a topic of their choosing. 

Many of the modules offered on in this pathway are taught by members of staff who are actively engaged in research within their specialist areas. Students are typically taught using journal articles and monographs that include their work, having thus direct access to the authors whose work they are reading and engaging with. Students will be able to discuss the ideas and themes presented in seminars and a range of more informal settings. 


Employer-valued skills

In addition to the specialist knowledge you will gain during your programme, you will also develop transferrable skills valued by employers such as: 

  • Researching, analysing and assessing sources of information
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Managing and interpreting information
  • Developing ideas and arguments

Career support

The Department's Employability Officer works with our central Career Zone team to give you access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training, as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.