MSc Communication & Media

General

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Program Description

The MSc in Communication & Media is designed for students who wish to explore a wide range of contemporary issues in media and communication studies in depth. It offers a broad interdisciplinary foundation in theory and practices in relation to communication content and audience reception, processes of mediation and influence, regulation and power, political economy, ethics, digital platforms and human-computer interaction.

Course Description

What is communication and why are media important? What is the relationship between communication, media and power? How does the content, interface design and choice of technology impact on communication experiences? What can we learn from digital communication history and what is the future for our relationship with media and the world?

This is the first Communication & Media programme in UCD’s history and offers the chance to explore this area from an information school perspective. Core modules on theory, evaluation and reception of interpersonal and mass communication are combined with optional modules from across the university where students can focus on an area of the choice such as Design & Culture, Ethics & Policy and Data Journalism.

Who should apply?

Full-Time option suitable for:

  • Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
  • International (Non-EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region: Yes

Part-Time option suitable for:

  • Domestic (EEA) applicants: Yes
  • International (Non-EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region: No

This new programme is intended for applicants with an undergraduate degree in any discipline and with an interest in pursuing postgraduate studies in communication and media. The MSc in Communication & Media is designed to complement and expand existing programmes and research expertise at the School of Information & Communication studies. It is the first postgraduate degree in this field in Ireland to be offered from an Information school perspective.

Programme Outcomes

Students on this MSc in Communication & Media will learn how to:

  • Understand the theoretical foundations of communication and media studies.
  • Cultivate deep knowledge and research on interpersonal, mediated and mass communication in both theory and practice.
  • Analyse the interactions and relationships between communication, media, people and power.
  • Assess the principles of creation, exchange, management, meaning and impact of information through digitally mediated communications.
  • Apply this learning to specific fields of communication and media (e.g. health, public data, human-computer interaction, culture etc.) or technological domains (mobile technology, speech interfaces, data visualisation etc.).
  • Critique past, current and future structures, platforms and paradigms for communication and digital media.
  • Comparatively evaluate international communication and media content, structures and policy.
  • Develop high-quality research projects with the potential for further academic or industry career progression in communication and media.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity

This new MSc degree aims to produce future professionals with a deep understanding of the communication and media landscape. On graduating, our students will be able to embark on a variety of careers in Ireland and abroad, whether in the digital media industries, in communication regulation and policy or in media design, management and research, both in the public and private sectors. This programme will also provide an ideal foundation for applicants with an interest in pursuing further postgraduate research towards a PhD at UCD School of Information & Communication Studies or at another location.

The programme's structure across different suggested tracks will allow students to develop specialised knowledge in communication and media studies for a specific setting. All tracks include 60 credits of core modules that cover basic knowledge and skills (with a thesis or media project option), with a further 30 credits of elective modules according to track choice. Students will gain an international perspective from lectures and seminars as well as guest talks, combining professional industry and research experience with strong theoretical foundations.  

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What modules can I take?

Core

  • Research Theory and Practice
  • Media & Society
  • Topics in Digital Media & Communication
  • Communication Theory

Option

  • Heritage Presentation & Interpretation
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • The Digital Self
  • Information Ethics
  • Digital Storytelling
  • People, Information & Communication: Our Information Behaviour
  • Foundations of Info Studies
  • UXD: User-Centered Design
  • Research Methods
  • Thesis
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Data Investigation & Storytelling
  • Research Theory and Practice
  • Data & Society
  • Media Management Project
  • Project Management
  • Digital Policy
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Media Production Cultures
  • Digital Policy II
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Spatialising Social Media
  • Media Law
  • Data Protection and Privacy: National and International Perspectives

Note: Curricular information is subject to change.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

MSc Communication & Media (W440) Full-Time

  • EU fee per year - € 7920
  • non-EU fee per year - € 19900

MSc Communication & Media (W441) Part-Time

  • EU fee per year - € 5115
  • non-EU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have an upper second-class honours degree (NFQ Level 8) or international equivalent. Those whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in each element) or equivalent.

This new programme is intended for applicants with an undergraduate degree in any discipline and with an interest in pursuing postgraduate studies in communication and media. The MSc in Communication & Media is designed to complement and expand existing programmes and research expertise at the School of Information & Communication studies. It is the first postgraduate degree in this field in Ireland to be offered from an Information school perspective.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

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Last updated Nov 2020

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