MA Media and International Development

University of East Anglia Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MA Media and International Development

University of East Anglia Faculty of Social Sciences

"A well organised and well taught course which is... acting as a model for other courses being developed in the field."

  • Professor Colin Sparks, former external examiner.

The MA Media and International Development degree is a unique and innovative Masters programme which addresses current theories, practice and research surrounding the relationship between media and development.

This Masters programme;

  • combines theory and practice through its two specialist media and development modules.
  • gives students the opportunity to either write a dissertation in the summer term or take a work-experience module.
  • is embedded in the local community, with strong links to a number of local NGOs and media organisations.
  • is connected to a wide range of international organisations in this area. These include the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association who provide teaching and a scholarship for the course, New Media Networks who contribute to the teaching on one of the core modules and Inter Press Service who provide internship opportunities.
  • has, in recent years, included seminars, lectures and workshops from Intermedia, The Guardian, Mediae, World View, One World Media, the International Broadcasting Trust, Health Images and academics from the London School of Economics, the University of Westminster and City University.
  • contains an optional six-day practical training course entitled, Ethnographic Film-making for Development Professionals, run by Postcode Films
  • is situated in the School of International Development (DEV) which has a world-class reputation for research in development studies.
  • allows for a unique range of choice and specialisation, with students able to choose module options from within DEV and from other departments at UEA.

Course structure

At the heart of this Masters programme are two unique modules. Media and international development is a theory module which provides students with theoretical frameworks for critically understanding the broad range of issues relevant to the relationship between media and development. It addresses the fields of development communication, media development and media representations of development as well as considering the relevance of media to conflict and environmental change and the importance of social media. This is one of the most popular modules in the School.

The module Media and Development in Practice provides students with the opportunity to work with one of a range of clients to design, implement and evaluate a media and development related project in the local community. Recent clients have included Future Radio, BBC Radio Norfolk, NEAD, Content Consultants and YourWorldView. Students also use this opportunity to reflect upon their own professional practice and on the role of media in development. It is taught in collaboration with international creative industry company New Media Networks. More information about this module.

As an alternative to writing a conventional dissertation, students have the opportunity to do a work experience placement relevant to media and development. In the past, students on this course have secured internships and work placements at various organisations including the UN, Inter Press Service, UNESCO, UNRISD, the BBC, the Overseas Development Institute, BBC Media Action, Save the Children and Video Volunteers. Please note - students are responsible for securing their own placements (although support is given) and eligibility criteria apply.

Careers and employability

Graduates from this Masters programme have gone on to work in a range of fields including humanitarian communication, NGO communications, development journalism, media development, journalism and academia. Recent examples include:

  • Assistant Communication Officer, UNICEF, Kenya.
  • Communications Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation Bureau, Japan.
  • Design, Marketing and Communications officer, TACT Fostering and Adoption, UK.
  • Editorial Assistant, Institute of Development Studies, UK.
  • Freelance Communications Consultant, UK.
  • Head of Marketing and Communications, British Council, Bangladesh.
  • Marketing Communications Associate, HOPE International, USA.
  • Marketing Coordinator, Inter Press Service, Uruguay.
  • Media and Communications Coordinator, Oxfam, Malawi.
  • Media Program Coordinator, Open Society Foundation, UK.
  • Media Team Leader, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Thailand.
  • National News Editor, Diligent Media Corporation, India.
  • PhD student.
  • Project Co-ordinator, Video Volunteers, India.
  • Project Director, Nab'Ubomi Development Project, South Africa.
  • Project Officer, CreditEase, China.
  • Public Information Officer, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission, DR Congo.

Further information

The MA Media and International Development degree is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time.

This Masters will be relevant to those who have recently completed undergraduate study with an interest in the relationship between media and development as well as those who have already worked in the media or in the field of development. Applicants should have a good first degree in the social sciences. Some relevant work experience would be desirable.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject: Social Sciences, preferably media or development
  • Degree Classification: 2.1 or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements: Relevant work experience desirable
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 1, 2016
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