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Social Media and Digital Communication MA

University of Westminster, London

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Harrow Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course summary

The Social Media and Digital Communication MA will give you the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary digital communication and its seismic impact on politics, culture and society.

Social media have challenged how we understand communication, democracy, news, relationships, privacy, advertising and entertainment. Social media have captured the attention and imagination of hundreds of millions of people. They enable their users to develop and display their creativity, to empathize with others, and to find connection, communication and communion. But social media have also captured those users’ personal information, and turned their daily lives into commercial data through business models built around surveillance.

The course examines social media as industries and as central sites for understanding the cultural politics of everyday life. It explores the meanings of sharing and privacy, of remix cultures and new forms of journalism, of new forms of communication and new forms of citizenship. It connects social media to other digital phenomena such as the internet of things, Big Data, and media convergence. In its core modules, learners engage with questions of media technologies and texts, of platforms and users, and of how networked digital media are adopted and adapted in an environment built around the convergence of personal and public communication.

This Masters is organised in the environment of the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). CAMRI is a world- leading research centre that studies the role of media and communication in society.

CAREER PATH

Graduates of the Social Media and Digital Communication MA are able to work in a wide range of sectors and professions. The degree will benefit those seeking a competitive edge in a careers market that values high-level skills in communication, research and critical thinking. This degree will be of particular interest to students who

  • plan to work or are already working in the creative industries
  • work in non-profit sectors, including NGOs and advocacy groups
  • work in a variety of sectors including research, consultancy, administration and management.

It also provides an excellent preparation for those planning to continue their studies to PhD level.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY SERVICE

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

Tuition fees

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£ 17,000per 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 Westminster, London

  • University League Table

    111th

  • Campus address

    University of Westminster, London, 101 New Cavendish Street, LONDON, CITY OF WESTMINSTER, W1W 6XH, England

With students coming from 170 nations around the globe, Westminster is one of the most internationally diverse universities in the UK.
Courses at Westminster aim to prepare students for industry and ensure that work experience and placement opportunities are accessible to all.
Westminster offers a wide range of scholarships, including a fully-funded postgraduate award, supporting students from over 50 countries across the world.

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