Master in Critical Media Studies


Program Description

New programme. First intake in 2020.

Critical media studies employs approaches, methods and perspectives dealing with the interpretation, exploration and analysis of diverse media practices in contemporary and global landscapes. The programme has an interdisciplinary orientation, focusing on the political and cultural economies of mainstream and alternative media channels as well as on media and wider cultural representations ranging from class, gender, and race.

Programme benefits

The new Master’s programme in Critical Media Studies offered by the Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design will give students the opportunity to explore a wide range of media forms – from television and radio broadcasting to online social media – while implementing a number of theoretical frameworks, from political economy to cultural studies and more. This interdisciplinary programme will employ approaches, methods and perspectives allowing for diverse media practices in contemporary and global landscapes to be interpreted, explored and analysed.

During studies

Students enrolled in the programme will gain expertise in contemporary media production and the industry itself, while also mastering the theoretical tools for analysing media representations of different social groups (class, race, gender, etc.) in Russia, the post-Soviet space, as well as the wider global context.

With a goal of enabling students to develop their critical, analytical and research skills, the programme curriculum includes three required core courses and approximately 20 elective courses. The three core courses provide students a comprehensive overview of the critical media studies landscape and include:

  • The Political Economy of Media
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Media Practices

In addition to the core curriculum, the programme will offer 3-4 short-term seminars each year (each lasting a couple weeks or a couple of months) designed and taught by guest lecturers from leading universities abroad.

Finally, students will design and develop their own innovative research projects under the guidance of leading international experts in the field.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme will be well suited for careers in media or cultural institutions, academia, and the government sector, including as it relates to content creation, consulting, and directing in media and cultural organizations.

How to Apply

Admission to the Master's programme in Critical Media Studies is based on the results of a portfolio competition. Prospective students must submit the following materials to be considered:

  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Research statement
  • Academic references

Instruction takes place in English, and knowledge of Russian language is not required. Applicants with an undergraduate degree from an internationally accredited university are considered, and priority is given to those with background in media and communication studies, journalism, design, cultural studies, critical theory, anthropology, art theory and adjacent disciplines.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top three universities, the Higher School of Economics (HSE University) sets itself apart by its internationally-minded, research-driven approach to higher educa ... Read More

Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top three universities, the Higher School of Economics (HSE University) sets itself apart by its internationally-minded, research-driven approach to higher education. Based in the vibrant center of Moscow, with campuses in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Perm, HSE offers outstanding academics at all levels and includes more than 25 English-taught Master’s programmes and 8 English-taught Bachelor's degree programmes. Read less
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