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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    City Centre Campuses

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MA Media and Cultural Studies course is designed to help you to develop careers as an academic or as a professional cultural or media worker. The course has emerged out of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research and focuses on the expertise of scholars actively involved in a range of live research projects. You will be encouraged to develop as an internationally minded research professional. You will have the opportunity of becoming involved in live research projects and scholarly activities within Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. Areas of expertise include Jazz and Aesthetics working with the London Jazz Festival; Evaluating Cultural Leadership and Diversity; audience engagement projects funded by Nesta.

The programme provides a supportive environment that fosters critical debate amongst you and your peers and partners and promotes intellectual curiosity and rigour. The course facilitates transcultural and interdisciplinary dialogues, peer-to-peer interaction, collaborative practices, experimentation, risk taking and active engagement with professionals, all within an international context. The course adopts a blended learning approach by introducing key topics and issues through a variety of learning. Learning activities include lectures, seminars, practice-led, self-directed and experiential learning; in person and online through Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), live projects, and interactive workshops.

You will receive training through workshops, seminars, group and individual tutorials, to assist in identifying specialist areas for research, research methods, and project and time management. You are expected to work independently, applying knowledge gained in response to assignments using your initiative to identify pertinent issues within the field (in relation to your own practice/specialism) and to propose innovative solutions. As you progress you will be assisted in formulating your research questions and individual research projects. The programme includes opportunities to work individually and as part of a team. You will present and communicate your research and practice to peers and other partners, disseminating your research, ideas and works through examining alternative modes, media and contexts (live and/or speculative) to different audiences.

The course has a strong emphasis on employability and provides you with the option of gaining professional experience and transferable skills, hereby, enabling you to gain a unique insight into and invaluable first-hand experience of academic and professional cultures. The course is designed to provide a clear route in to doctoral study. This course also offers the unique opportunity to obtain professional experience within this specialised field by working on live research projects.

The MA is delivered in affiliation with the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) at Birmingham City University which offers a platform and supportive network for you, as well as for alumni and professionals, and provides opportunities to engage in live research projects within this field.

Opportunity: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market. It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Tuition fees

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£ 12,800per year

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

University information

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Birmingham City University

  • University League Table

    84th

  • Campus address

    Birmingham City University, University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, Birmingham, B5 5JU, England

One of only four UK universities offering a Master's in International Human Resource Management which is also fully CIPD-accredited.
ACCA programmes are taught in a Platinum status centre, showing that the university meets ACCA performance targets for course tuition and support.
Many master's courses now offer international students six-month professional placements towards the end of their studies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    55th out of 97 2

    65th out of 102 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    119 59%

    44th

    19
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    61 61%

    53rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%

    47th

    7
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    123 62%

    42nd

    14
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%

    47th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.85 77%

    83rd

    17

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