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Aims of the Department

We aim to:

  • Be the leading research based department in media and communications in the UK and one of the top five in the world
  • Provide a high-quality master’s level graduate education in the study of media and communications drawing on the social science disciplines
  • Prepare students for doctoral or professional research in the media and communications field and for entry into a variety of careers
  • Conduct research that impacts on the strategies and practices of the media and communications industry, government policy makers and the third sector.

In research|, our goals are to:

  • Produce research and publications to the highest possible international standard of excellence
  • Generate original research ideas, insights and findings that shape future academic scholarship in the media and communications field in the social sciences
  • Enhance the intellectual standing of the field of media and communications
  • Ensure that our original research is influential and impacts on media and communication policy, industry practice, third sector agendas and the public
  • Successfully raise external funds to conduct original research
  • Educate and train doctoral students at the cutting edge of research in the field
  • Sustain a generative research environment within the department, including constructive links with academic networks and organisations nationally and internationally.

In teaching|, we offer:

  • An intensive, high-quality postgraduate education in media and communications
  • A broad social science foundation in qualitative, quantitative, empirical and critical skills
  • A diverse, inter- and multidisciplinary approach to theoretical developments and debates in the field
  • A range of specialist courses within media and communications and related fields, including an independent empirical research project
  • An intellectually stimulating, well-resourced learning environment, with strong links to media and communications industries, policy makers and the third sector
  • The opportunity for lively cross-cultural exchange of ideas among a dynamic group of fellow students in the Department and School
  • Study with internationally recognised active researchers with expertise in media and communications and politics and democracy, regulation and policy, technological change, audiences and literacies, globalisation and culture, and more. 
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