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Our MA in Media History is an interdisciplinary Master’s course that draws on the research strengths and expertise of staff in the Department of History and Welsh History and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. It seeks to combine both theoretical and historical approaches to give students an in-depth and closely historicised understanding of the modern mass media in Britain and beyond. It also provides the research training necessary to embark on your own independent research in the field of media history.
- Key Facts
- Teaching & Learning
One year full-time, or up to three years for part-time study
Approximately 6 hours a week in the first two semesters. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.
The course is assessed through a diverse range of assignments, including the 15,000 word MA dissertation.
Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.
English Language Requirements:
If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.
Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.
Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.
Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.
For more information on the course, please contact Dr Sian Nicholas at email@example.com.
For more information on the application process or entrance requirements, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 1970 622023.
Why study MA Media History at Aberystwyth University?
- Study just five minutes away from the National Library of Wales, home of the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales
- The University’s association with National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales (NSSAW) is a highly significant part of this course, and it will enable you to conduct a hands-on exploration of their superb collections and to engage with the practical challenges of research in media archives
- Undertake an interdisciplinary exploration of the history of the mass media in the modern world
- Develop a rare understanding of the development of media from its roots to modern expressions and gain a unique perspective on contemporary trends and developments in new media
- History has been taught in Aberystwyth since 1872, making the department the oldest in Wales and one of the foremost in Britain
- The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth is the highest rated Arts and Humanities Department in Wales, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 100% of its research internationally recognised in terms of research impact
- Aberystwyth University is a top 50 university for research power and intensity – REF 2014
- Possibility of undertaking a work placement as part of this course with an institution such as the National Library of Wales (contact the Department for more information)
- Benefit from small group teaching
Department of History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Broadcasting Society and Culture in the Twentieth Century
- Film and Representation
- From Avant Garde to Documentary
- Information and Society
- Political Culture in Modern Britain, Europe and the Usa
- Political Power and the Media in Britain
- Politics and Culture of the Cold War in Southeast Asia
- Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
- Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis (1120)
- Sources for Postgraduate Research in the Modern Humanities and Social Sciences
- Understanding the Cold War
- Working with History
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Many of our Masters graduates go on to PhD study and academic careers. Others go on to careers in:
- heritage administration
- museums and archives
- public administration
- the civil service
- local government
- the broadcast media
The skills and expertise gained from this course are a significant strength in any future work as a media professional or a professional media historian.
This course will empower you to:
- Develop a unique perspective on media matters and be able to contextualise modern practices
- Gain academic and practical expertise and hands-on experience in researching Media History
- Increase your critical faculties
- Develop study and research skills
- Develop strong writing and analytical skills as well as the capacity to work independently
- Develop your abilities in structuring and communicating complex ideas clearly, accurately, and authoritatively
Teaching & Learning
How will I learn?
This course can be studied one year full-time or 24 to 36 months part-time. Depending on the modules chosen, the course is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials, workshops, and potentially a work placement.
One of the core modules, Research Methods and Professional Skills in History, will also require students to attend Departmental Research seminars, where students will be immersed into the research culture of the Department.
Throughout the course students will also receive workshops to aid them in researching and writing their dissertation, and during the final semester, students will arrange their level of contact time with their assigned dissertation supervisor.
What will I learn?
In the first semester you will study a core module that introduces you to the theoretical and historiographical aspects of media history as well as introducing you to some of the practical challenges of researching in media archives.
Throughout the course, you will also take a compulsory research training module (Research Methods and Professional Skills in History), and will benefit from specialist research training tailored to your own particular research interests, with specific reference to research in visual and sound media, and in newspapers and broadcasting archives. You will also study a range of option modules allowing you to address in more detail aspects of the mass media and its political, social and cultural role in Britain and beyond.
In the final semester, you will complete your MA dissertation, an original research project (15,000 words) undertaken under the close supervision of a specialist within the Department.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment for this course is largely essay based, with some option modules also incorporating oral assessment, reports/short projects and class presentation.
The Research Methods and Professional Skills in History module will be assessed via an oral assessment of MA conference presentation, an assessed outline of an MA conference presentation, a critical assessment of a departmental research seminar, and a dissertation research proposal.
Successful submission of the MA dissertation at the end of the academic year leads to the award of an MA.