MLitt in Digital Media, Publishing and Law

University of Stirling

Program Description

MLitt in Digital Media, Publishing and Law

University of Stirling

MLitt in Digital Media, Publishing and Law

The MLitt Digital Media, Publishing and Law offers a flexible interdisciplinary exploration of key contemporary developments shaping the creative industries. Core modules explore legal, theoretical and industrial perspectives on the contemporary communications environment. Optional modules offer students the potential to specialise in aspects of media, law and/or publishing studies, including media economics, news and digital media, advertising, marketing management and communications, and information technology law. The culmination of the degree is the final, independent research project, devised by the student in consultation with an academic supervisor. This course will benefit those seeking to develop their understanding of contemporary communication and its legal, regulatory and industrial contexts.

Structure and content

The degree of MLitt comprises a total of eight modules plus a dissertation. In Semester 1, which runs from September to December, all candidates take core modules in Publishing Dynamics, Intellectual Property Law, and Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities, along with one optional module. In Semester 2, which runs from January to May, all candidates take a core module in Digital Cultures, along with three optional modules. All candidates for the MLitt then write a 12,000-word dissertation, which is due in August.

Delivery and assessment

Teaching involves a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops, and one-to-one supervision, all of which are delivered on campus at Stirling. Assessment tasks vary between modules and include essays, reports, presentations, practical assignments, exams, and collaborative course blogs. A grade is given for each assessed module according to the University’s Common Grading Scheme for postgraduate courses, which is set out in the General Regulations section of the Taught Postgraduate Calendar.

Module titles

  • Intellectual Property Law (LAWP03)
  • Publishing Dynamics (PUBP16)
  • Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities (ARTP01)
  • Digital Cultures (MCCPX1)
  • Information Technology Law (LAWP06)
  • Media Economics (MMAP11)
  • News, Journalism and Digital Media (MCCPX8)
  • Marketing Management and Communications (PUBP17)
  • Editorial Practice and Content Creation (PUBP18)
  • Skills for Publishing Management (IPMP19)
  • Publishing, Literature and Society (PUBP21)
  • Sport and the Law (LAWP12)
  • Advertising (PCMPX3)
  • Media Rights (MMAP15)
  • Media Policy and Regulation (MMAP14)
  • Dissertation (ARTP08)

Career opportunities

This degree will be of particular interest to those who plan to work in the creative industries, as well as those already working in this field. It will also provide an excellent preparation for those wishing to continue their studies to PhD level. It will benefit those seeking a competitive edge in a careers market that values high-level skills in communication, research and critical thinking.

Entrance requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 in all bands).

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 26, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2017
12 - 27 months
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Stirling, Scotland
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