Delivered jointly by the School of Humanities and the Keele Management School, the MA in Global Media and Management will equip you with specialist skills in media production and media management. You will develop high-level communication, problem-solving and other transferable skills that will enable you to excel in your career.
Working closely with industry partners ensures that the programme combines academic rigour with business-relevant content, equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed for a wide range of careers. After completing the programme our students have worked for top media companies such as the Kobalt Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent music publishers.
One of the key benefits of the programme is its flexibility. In addition to core modules in Media and Management that all students study, you will also have the opportunity to choose optional modules and focus your study in your personal areas of interest. The advantage of this is that you work with different academic staff and students, developing new perspectives and personal networks.
When you have completed the taught modules you will do a large project where you can further develop your knowledge in a specific area of media production, management consultancy or media research.
How The Course Is Taught
You will be taught by a range of experts in theory and practice from both the Media and Management Departments.
The MA enables you to benefit from research-led teaching in the areas of Media Communications and Internal Business Management. Modules are generally taught through a combination of seminars, workshops, small group discussions, individual supervision and computer laboratory classes. Practical use is made of standard educational software and data sources. There is a strong emphasis on independent learning.
The programme is taught in specialist facilities dedicated to the Media and Management programmes. You will have 24/7 access to the Media Building which houses extensive digital media production facilities including film and photography studios and digital post-production labs. You will also have access to professional media production equipment and software as part of the programme (no additional costs are involved).
On the Management side of things, you will have access to the Bloomberg Suite which is one of the world’s most powerful and widely used platforms of information in the finance industry.
Assessment is diverse through the use of essays, skills portfolios, reflective diaries, exams, workbooks, presentations, marketing plans and reports, and practical projects. The pass mark is 50%. Merit will be awarded where students obtain 60% or over for the dissertation (or equivalent project or performance) and an average of 60% on their other coursework. A distinction will be awarded where students obtain 70% or over for the dissertation and an average of 70% in their other coursework.
Semester 1 runs from the end of September to the end of January, with an assessment period in January.
Semester 2 runs from the last week of January to the middle of June, with the assessment period in June.
Semester 3 involves the production of the dissertation, media project, consultancy project placement pathway* or entrepreneurship pathway** and runs from June to the end of September. There will be no formal group classes during this period, but students may arrange individual consultation with their supervisors.
Academic Entry Requirements
Undergraduate degree with second class lower (2:2) or an international equivalent in Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Business Studies, Management or Marketing, or another appropriate humanity or Social Sciences subject.
Applicants with other qualifications and appropriate experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
English Language Entry Requirement For International Students
The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes.
During your degree programme, you can study additional English language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English language skills and gain a higher level of English.
You will leave with the in-depth understanding of global media production, of different business and management approaches within the global economy and the skills needed to manage these processes. The programme is ideal for students aiming to take up management, administrative and leadership roles within the media industry (jobs such as Production Managers in Film and TV companies) or communications roles in a wide range of sectors.