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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Huddersfield

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    19-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

This taught Master’s course, made up of four modules and a 12,000-word dissertation (split into two modules for PT students, with each module producing 6,000 words of work), responds to major transnational developments in contemporary media which have eroded the line between ‘producers’ and ‘consumers’, democratising media or leading to a lo-fi “cult of the amateur.” At the same time, social media platforms have become major economic players, raising questions over who benefits, and how, from the social activity they host. This MA focuses on the specialised, advanced study of current media developments: students will be able to analyse and critically reflect on the media world they inhabit, developing their expertise in participatory culture/social media and associated practices of fandom, activism, community-building, and creativity.

The course is targeted at those who wish to develop their understanding of specific kinds of digital media – involving people “formerly known as the audience” – and their social, economic and cultural contexts. It is designed to lead into PhD work for those wishing to progress to further Higher Education, as well as leading to a range of professional roles linked to participatory culture and social media.

Career support

This MA will be relevant for anyone looking to work in sectors that have become strongly linked to such media, e.g. content creation, communications, marketing, publishing and PR, along with the ‘experience economy’ targeting fan-consumers. Postgraduates might go on to become fan entrepreneurs in their own right, or social media researchers working outside the academy, either for private companies, research organizations, NGOs, or activist groups.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Huddersfield

  • University League Table

    53rd

  • Campus address

    University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, Kirklees, HD1 3DH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    88th out of 97 7

    52nd out of 113 6

    50th out of 103 25

  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    108 54%

    67th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65.0 65%

    26th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.64 73%

    91st

    16
  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    130 58%

    54th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    88.0 88%

    41st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%

    40th

    1
  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    126 66%

    43rd

    10
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    44.0 44%

    84th

    49
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%

    46th

    28

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