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Study Media Studies Abroad - the Definitive Guide

Media Studies covers a wide variety of topics ranging from journalism and public relations to advertising and television broadcasting.

Media and Mass Communications

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Subject modules & entry requirements

In its simplest form the term ‘media studies’ refers to the field of study that focuses on various forms of multimedia and how multimedia influences human behaviour.

Postgraduate programme options

The Master of Arts in Media Studies is the most common postgraduate degree that is offered.

How long will you study?

The duration of the programme varies from one year to two years based on the subject and the university.

What will you study?

Typically the MA in Media Studies is a multi-disciplinary programme that examines the different forms of media, evolution of various media channels, digital media, production of media content and media analytics. Based on the specialisation selected by the student additional modules on film production, journalism, advertising, etc., will also be included. View all postgraduate programmes in Media Studies.

As per the QS World University Subject Rankings the top five universities to enrol for Media Studies programmes are:

  • University of Southern California
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison                            
  • Stanford University        
  • University of Texas at Austin     
  • London School of Economics and Political Science

Typical entry requirements

Applicants should have a relevant undergraduate degree in subjects like Journalism, Filmmaking or Mass Communications.

English language proficiency

A score of 6.5 on the IELTS or 79 on the TOEFL is usually considered to be fair enough for admission into a postgraduate Media Studies programme. Some institutions may require a higher score of 7.0 on the IELTS.

GRE scores

A GRE score in the range of 155 to 165 on the verbal component and 4.5 to 5.0 on the analytical writing component is usually considered fair enough for admission to a postgraduate programme in Media Studies.

Fees

The average cost of completing a postgraduate degree in Media Studies ranges from INR 15 lakhs to INR 40 lakhs. 

Subject specialisations

The most popular subject specialisations that are offered as a part of a postgraduate programme in Media Studies are:

  • Social Studies and Media
  • Film Studies
  • Mass Communication
  • Printing and Publishing
  • Visual Communication
  • Multimedia Design

Programmes in Focus

The University of Surrey offers an innovative MA in Communication and International Marketing programme. The programme includes modules on Interpersonal Communication, International Marketing Management, Marketing and Marketing Communications.

Goldsmith’s University of London offers an interesting programme titled the MA in Brands, Communication and Culture. This is a full-time one year programme and will be extremely useful for those looking for a career in the competitive world of advertising and public relations.

The University of South Carolina offers a highly reputed MA in Journalism and Mass Communication. Designed for those students who are looking to make a career in journalism, the course is taught by experts and is one of the best of its kind.

The University of Maine offers an MA in Mass Communication degree. This is a two-year full-time programme and has a clear focus on developing the research and analytical skills of students. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in Literature will be able to tackle the challenges that this programme imposes on students as this programme involves extensive reading and writing.

The University of Sydney offers an innovative programme titled the Master of Crosscultural Communication. The one-year programme analyses crosscultural communication by giving students a strong foundation in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and the ethnography of communication.

Career prospects

Students with a postgraduate degree in media studies can choose to work in a variety of jobs ranging from working in television channels in production and reporting to working in movies in writing scripts and production design. A number of students go on to work in newspapers and magazines as feature writers and sub-editors. Annual starting salaries in India for individuals with an international postgraduate degree in media studies lie in the range of INR3.5 lakhs to INR5 lakhs.   

Luminaries

Alyque Padamsee is known as the ‘Brand father of Indian Advertising’.  He is known for developing Lintas India into one of the world’s finest creative advertising agencies. He has also produced award-winning English plays like Evita and Tughlaq, which have been staged around the world with great success.

Professional associations

NWMI

The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI), is the flagship organisation protecting the interests of all women working in media professions. With 16 centres across India NWMI offers members a chance to improve their skills and also offers fellowships to travel and study abroad.

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