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Global Media MA

The Global Media MA offers a unique perspective on recent developments in contemporary culture. From the use of social networking in ‘the Arab spring’ to the financial crisis facing the Western hemisphere, the process of globalisation has entered a new era. The decisions taken in boardrooms and government departments have found a counterpoint in the voices raised in public spaces, both physical and digital.


This course is closed for 2016 entry. Please contact us for 2017 entry or further details.

Reasons to study Global Media at De Montfort University:

Global Media examines this phenomenon, providing students with the intellectual, research and practical skills to make sense of this turn of events, allowing the exercise of an essential critical perspective that is of great use in the spheres of professional and academic life. This course brings together members of De Montfort University’s Media Discourse Group, current practitioners in the world of digital media, and experts from industry.

You will be encouraged to identify your own research strengths and to reinforce the taught elements of the course through the composition of a critical study of global media forms; all dissertation work will be supervised by tutors who have a particular expertise in the designated field.  


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship.

International Scholarships

Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.


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Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), 18 months for January starts, two years part-time

Start dates: September 2017 or January 2018

Fees and funding: £4,750

EU Students: Find out about student loan information, the LoveEU bundle and scholarships for 2016.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), 18 months for January starts, two years part-time

Start dates: September 2017 or January 2018

Fees and funding: £12,200

Find out more about course fees and available funding and scholarships.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

You should have the equivalent of a 2:1 or above UK Bachelor’s Honours degree in a relevant humanities, media or related subject.

We encourage and welcome applications from those with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives, and all nonstandard applications will be considered.

If you have no formal qualifications, but can demonstrate extensive industry experience, we may consider your application on an individual basis.


If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



First term 

  • Global Media Theory – provides a basic overview of the course structure, and outlines the essential elements of global media theory, including the rise of social media
  • Global Media Identities – examines the ways in which individual and collective identity is promoted and interpreted within contemporary media systems
  • Global Film and TV Cultures – highlights and examines the artistic and cultural environment within which Global audiences are formed and addressed
  • Research Methods – gives you the necessary research skills for this course, from critical analysis to multi-modal approaches.

Second term

  • Globalisation Crisis and Technology – studies the economic and military crises that appear to be inherent in the operation of the capitalist system
  • Global Media Practices – describes how communication practices have reconfigured our understanding of what it means to be a citizen: particular emphasisis placed on International events, from the official control of public communication, to the street protests made by those opposed to austerity.






Third term

  • Dissertation – an essential part of the course, the dissertation will enable you to showcase your work under the close guidance of the module tutors

Optional modules include:

  • Public Relations Theory and Structure
  • Issues in Journalism



The teaching programme will involve input from academics based in the Media Discourse Group, media practitioners, and visiting experts from other institutions. Lectures and seminars will be reinforced through practical exercises and presentations. 

You will be encouraged to identify your own research strengths and to reinforce the taught elements of the course through the composition of a critical study of global media forms.




You will also undertake independent research projects through negotiation with your tutors, and assessment details will be set out in your course handbook. 

Contact and learning hours

In the full-time route you will, in a typical week, devote around 38 hours to the course, of which between 10-14 will be contact hours, and the rest self-directed study.


Members of the teaching team include:

Professor Stuart Price

Professor of Media and Political Discourse, Chair of the Media Discourse Group and author of a number of books on media, war, rhetoric and international relations, including Worst-Case Scenario (2011).

Ms Margaret Montgomerie

Research centres on media, gender, and disability, and an active member of the MeCC SA Women’s Network.

Dr Paul Smith

Author of work on media policy (2007) and is one of the co-authors of The Political Economy of Television Sports Rights (2013).

Dr Alastair Gordon

Author of work on Punk music and ethnography and an expert in the use of analytical methods.




Dr Pierluigi Ercole

Dr Pierluigi Ercole is a member of the centre for Cinema and Television History at De Montfort University, and the author of a number of articles, including ‘Screening Fascismin the Free State: Italian Propaganda Films and Diplomacy in Ireland’(1934–1940).

Professor Jason Lee

Professor Jason Lee is the Head of the Leicester Media School, and the author of a number of novels and academic texts, including The Psychology of Screenwriting (2013).

Dr Simon Mills

Dr Simon Mills is Programme Leader for the undergraduate degree Media and Communication, and a member of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility.

Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido

Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido is a research associate of the Media Discourse Group, Chair of the Meccsa Social Movements Network, and a lecturer in journalism, discourse, and international politics. She is the author of work on identity, the post colonial and terrorism.

Facilities and features

Clephan Building

The Clephan Building, home to humanities courses, houses generous teaching accommodation equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment, the Student Advice Centre, Academic Guidance Centre and resources rooms with specialist facilities needed to excel. Our dedicated computer centre includes a state-of-the-art media laboratory with Apple Intel Mac Pro computers, cinema screens and all the latest creative software applications with full technical support. There are computing classrooms and an additional suite of computer workstations which can be pre-booked. Our computer centre reflects both our commitment to providing access to information technology and our determination to develop innovative teaching methods and web-based learning resources.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Opportunities and careers




This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.



Graduate Careers

Graduate careers include a variety of jobs in the public and private sectors, including journalism, public relations, academic research, local authority management, arts administration, broadcast media, and publishing. 

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