MA Media in Development SOAS University of London

The MA Media in Development degree at SOAS engages with practical and theoretically-critical approaches to addressing the different ways in which media can engage with, be used, and constitute sources of contestation over economic, socio-cultural and political development. It draws on media theory, practical knowledge and experience, and an awareness of the critical debates within and about development itself to challenge assumptions about the role of media and development industries. The approach thus balances critical theoretical analysis of the hegemonic perspectives about the role of media in development with practical issues surrounding the use of media, including notably digital technologies. It is designed for those with an interest in global media and development, including media and development professionals seeking alternative ways of thinking about their roles as practitioners and activists. It provides an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research

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  • 12 Months

This MA Media in Development at SOAS programme challenges the assumptions behind the media and development industries and development studies and offers new ways of thinking about the critical issues facing societies today such as climate change. The approach balances critical theoretical analysis of the hegemony implied by the ideas and practices of development with the practical issues surrounding the use of contemporary media, including the use of digital technologies for development communication, online activism, developmental journalism, and information and communications technologies for development (ICT4D).

The MA Media in Development course draws on from critical media and cultural studies’ theory, practical knowledge and experience, alongside critical debates within and about development, to challenge assumptions about the role of media and development industries as agents of change in the contemporary world. Students combine critical theoretical analysis of the role of media in development with a focus on practical issues surrounding the use of media, including digital technologies. The programme differs from other degrees in the field by placing the onus on the role of media to further the development agenda, especially post the Second World War, critically negotiating its origins in West-centric ideas of modernisation, social change and progress and their relevance in today's multipolar world. Students benefit from the unique position of the Centre for Media Studies as a specialist institution for the study of media in the global south.

Aims

The programme aims to provide students with advanced learning skills through the use of a wide range of materials on critical theoretical approaches to and understandings of the role of media and ICTs in development processes. It is designed to give a solid grounding in media and development practices with special attention to the non-Western world.

The degree is organised around a core course, a range of optional courses and a dissertation. The course explores how and in which ways the range of actors involved in broad issues of development, including transnational organizations and NGOs use communication technologies. It also interrogates the different spatialities at work, as development thinking moves away from a focus solely on nation/state building and focuses more and more on communities and local participation.

With a student population of around 4,000 from over 100 countries, our relatively small size ensures that we offer a friendly and welcoming environment while at the same time being able to take advantage of all University of London facilities.

  • International class
  • International faculty
  • International study tours
  • Issuance of foreign diploma and certifications

The role of the Student Recruitment is to provide information, advice and guidance about studying at SOAS to prospective students, educational representatives, universities and schools both in the UK and overseas.

Criteria for assessing applications:
  • CV Screening
  • Motivation letter
  • References
  • Language test and/or interview

A score of 90/110 for Italian students, or above.A certified English language test.

Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

Admission Requirements:
  • Bachelor
Maximum number of students admitted: 2500
There are different Scholarships available on Taught Masters Programmes: Please see our website for eligibility criteria.
Cost of the master: Not declared
Scholarships available
A range of student services exist to help you during your time at SOAS. They provide an invaluable source of advice and support and are available to all students of the School.
  • Tutoring
  • Wifi access
  • Disability services
  • Canteen/Meal tickets
  • Housing capacity 1000
  • Sport activities
  • Cultural activities
The University of London Careers Group staff at SOAS will be available to support you throughout your time with us. We are the dedicated provider of careers advice, events and information services for current SOAS students, staff and GradClub members.

  • Job posting
  • Book and/or database of graduates
  • Polls about alumni careers
  • Multimedia resources: links/e-books
  • Dedicated office
  • Assessment tool (strenghts, weaknesses, attitude etc.)
  • Start-up support and mentoring
  • CV sending
  • Feedback monitoring
  • International opportunities
  • Companies presentations
  • Careerday
  • Careerday per area (finance, HR, etc.)
  • Support in CV writing
  • Identifying companies for traineeship
  • Orientation seminars
  • In-company training
  • Job hunting tecniques
  • Interview preparation
  • Coaching during company's interviews
  • Traineeship quality monitoring
The Alumni team at SOAS would be delighted for all students to join the Alumni network upon graduation. SOAS alumni have access to a wide range of benefits and a strong network for post graduation support.
Activities related to Alumni Community:
  • Alumni association
  • Presence in social network
  • Alumni in the teaching body
  • Meetings with alumni
  • Workshops
  • Reunions
  • Polls
  • Yearbook
  • Access to bibliographic services
  • Lifelong mailings
  • Magazine
  • Newsletter
  • Blog/Forums
  • Alumni Directory
  • Personal page of alumni
  • Alumni Press Review
  • Business and sport club
  • Facilitations for executive programs
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