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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MA Media and Communications

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA Media and Communications Programme codePTA1EGLEGL17
Study mode(s)Level 1
Level 1
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MA in Media and Communications explores the latest methodologies, theories, concepts, and research trends in this vibrant interdisciplinary field. By offering theory-driven modules with possible opportunities for professional development and practice, this programme allows you to handpick the modules that should best serve you as a communications expert in the future. Alongside two compulsory modules this degree offers five bespoke modules at the cutting-edge of the field of Communication and Media studies. This degree combines the diverse and innovative research undertaken by Exeter’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to provide an interdisciplinary experience that offers value to both international and home students. Our positioning in the department of Communication, Drama, and Film allows you access not only to the unique resources like the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum and the Digital Humanities lab but also opportunities to engage with ideas of performance, screen, and narratives as you think how communication and media practices could potentially evolve, transform, converge, and disrupt in the next decade.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.     

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme will offer you a structured framework of study in which you follow a balanced and complementary range of modules, with sufficient choice to customise the learning experience and make the degree your own. The educational aims of the programme are:

  • To provide you with opportunities to acquire and develop a mastery of communications as a discipline in the 21st Century and critically engage with a wide variety of communication technologies
  • To equip you with the ability to critically evaluate and to synthesize a range of theoretical approaches and practices related to the study of Communications across forms, styles, genres, and contexts
  • To empower you to critically analyse media technologies and understand them in relation to their production, consumption, dissemination, and engagement practices
  • To help you develop both a working understanding and an appreciation of a range of methodological approaches that are used in ongoing research in Communications
  • To enable you to develop the necessary communication skills necessary for a variety of careers across sectors, including but not limited to industries and domains like media, business, social media management, content creation, publishing, public relations, advertising, media management, education, and media policy
  • To provide you with opportunities for you to reflect critically upon post graduate career planning and strategies
  • To help foster your critical and analytical skills, including post graduate research skills

4. Programme Structure

The MA Media and Communications is a one-year full-time programme of study at Regulated Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme can also be studied part-time in up to two years.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the Faculty website.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to (30) credits outside of the programme in stage (1) of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


Stage 1: 90 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules

 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CMMM001 Media and Communications: Theory and Concepts 30Yes
CMMM007 Dissertation 60Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
COMM S1 MA MaC term 1 opt 2023-4
CMMM002 Social Media: Management and Strategy 30 No
CMMM003 Gaming in Everyday Life: A Global Perspective 30 No
SOCM047 Understanding Media 30 No
SOCM046 Meaning, Making Consuming 30 No
SOCM950 Science Technology and Society 30 No
SMLM089 Language and Globalisation 15 No
SMLM092 Language, Migration and Intercultural Communication 30 No
EAFM088 Sense, Sensation and Cinema 30 No
EAFM910 Stars, Stardom and Celebrity From the Classical Era to the Contemporary 30 No
COMM S1 MA MaC term 2 opt 2023-4
CMMM004 Investigating Media Infrastructure 30 No
CMMM005 Social Media and Migration 30 No
CMMM006 Soft Power and International Communications 30 No
EAFM081 Hearing Film: Film Sound and Music 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. 1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and command over a range of communication theory, concepts, and approaches.
2. 2. Identify, evaluate, and appreciate a variety of methodological approaches and critical traditions within communication studies.
3. 3. Apply a range of critical theories to the study of communication technologies and media texts, and media practices.
4. 4. Interrogate and analyse media texts within their particular contexts of production, dissemination, consumption, and co-creation.
5. 5. Position debates about communications within a wider context of social, cultural, political, and intellectual history.
6. 6. Apply critical terminology and, where appropriate, methodological, linguistic, stylistic, and/or formal terminology to an understanding of communication and media texts; utilise appropriate referencing and bibliographical style.

ILOs 1-6 are acquired through lectures, seminars, workshops, study groups, tutorials and other learning activities throughout the programme. The degree of specialisation of subject knowledge increases during the programme, culminating in the dissertation. Modules throughout the degree are most closely related to the research specialisms of the staff teaching the module. The precise method of teaching varies according to each module. On team-taught modules you will normally engage in both lectures and seminar groups. In smaller options you will normally spend most of your contact time in seminar groups and workshops.

Your learning is further developed through engagement with assessments, following guidance from tutors and lecturers and through feedback on work submitted

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, annotated bibliographies, reviews of media/web/social/historical artifacts and practices, web-based assessments, audio-visual and written essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation. Essays, exams, and presentations are especially significant within the programme because they assess each of the skills in ILOs 1-6.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. 7. Apply critical skills in the analysis of practices, interactions, and engagements through communication technologies and media texts.
8. 8. Articulate knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts and theories relating to communication and media.
9. 9. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts, and data in order to frame questions and answer questions relevant to academic study and the postgraduate workplace.
10. 10. Demonstrate the ability to sustain fluent arguments and analysis in writing and in presenting ideas to others.
11. 11. Apply bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work.

ILOs 7-11 are developed throughout the programme in all modules, with the emphasis becoming more complex as students move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both in presentation and seminar discussion).

They will culminate in the substantial and independent research skills demonstrated within the dissertation or large-scale practical project.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, annotated bibliographies, web-based assessments, written and/or audio-visual essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation. 

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

12. 12. Apply advanced communication skills in appropriate contexts including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments.
13. 13. Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of material, both textual and visual.
14. 14. Acquire and interrelate substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds, in a structured and systematic way, and use distinctive methodological and interpretative skills.
15. 15. Apply research skills for the retrieval of archival material, and develop the ability to gather, sift and organise this material independently and critically by evaluating its significance.
16. 16. Interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions and weigh the importance of alternative perspectives in a critical and self-reflective manner.
17. 17. Exercise independent thought and judgment.
18. 18. Engage with others through the presentation of ideas and information in groups, and work towards the collective negotiation of solutions.
19. 19. Plan and execute written and other forms of project-work over both short and long timescales.
20. 20. Complete tasks in limited time scenarios and effectively manage deadlines and targets.

Personal and key communication skills are delivered through all modules, and developed in lectures, workshops, study groups, tutorials, work experience and other learning activities throughout the programme.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, annotated bibliographies, web-based assessments, essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation or large-scale practical project.

ILOs 12-17 are also strongly developed over the course of the portfolio of assessed essays and other audio-visual and/or written work produced through the programme. These assessments work on the principle of offering formative feedback to support the development of your work within as well as between modules. Feedback on one assignment is intended to inform the next piece of work you undertake on the module: the next piece of work on the programme, or the future learning of graduates.

ILO 18 is associated especially with the range of group presentations taking place in modules during the programme. Group presentation assessment brings into focus an important range of skills for students, including sharing workloads, responsibility for tasks, team working, collaborative and communicative skills. Individual contributions to group work are also assessed individually, most often in the form of a reflective presentation report.

ILOs 19-20 are also accomplished during the course of ‘real-time’ formal assessments such as the end degree dissertation, presentations and end of module exams, which occur through the programme.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All students within Communications have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study and they are available for at least three hours a week at advertised ‘office hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate students at the start of their programme. A personal tutoring system will operate with regular communication throughout the programme. Academic support will also be provided by module leaders. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff. Teaching materials for the degree and its various modules will be made available via the Exeter Learning Environment at the start of term. Additional materials for supplementary reading will be made available by the Forum library. We have access to most journals and books that engage with the field of communication, media studies, social sciences, and humanities. 

Students of MA Media and Communications will also enjoy access to the Mac suite for editing, rendering, and creating content and access to production studios for content creation.  

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

MA Media and Communications

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

Level 1

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/09/2023

Date of last revision

07/10/2022