Master in Media and Communication Studies: Culture, Collaborative Media, and Creative Industries

Malmö University

Program Description

Master in Media and Communication Studies: Culture, Collaborative Media, and Creative Industries

Malmö University


The field of media is constantly shifting and in the last decade the changes have been rapid, and a new media landscape has emerged. Digital media of today are characterised by participation and cooperation; media are wholly collaborative, in terms of both production and consumption.

The master’s programme in Media and Communication studies gives you advanced knowledge of digital media through practical approaches in the field. You will work creatively and in an explorative manner with different types of media while learning to evaluate them from a critical perspective.

What is collaborative media?

The field of media is constantly shifting. In the last decade, the changes have been rapid, and a new media landscape has emerged – forever reshaping not only the consumers but also the creators and distributors of media. Digital media of today are characterised by participation and cooperation; media are wholly collaborative, in terms of both production and consumption – and this is what is meant by the term ‘collaborative media.’

What will I learn?

The one-year master’s programme in Media and Communication Studies – Culture, Collaborative Media, and Cultural Industries – will equip you with advanced knowledge of digital media. The programme is oriented towards practical approaches to the field. You will work creatively and in an explorative fashion with different types of media while you learn to approach them from a critical perspective.

During the programme, you will develop three primary skill sets: the ability to analyse and strategically approach media and its impact on society; the capability to work with media and communication both methodologically and systematically; the knowledge required to produce media texts, both individually and collaboratively. Compared to bachelor-level degrees, this advanced programme has a clear focus on the development of strategic expertise, a skill crucial for those intending to pursue a professional career in media and communication. During the year, you will furthermore obtain an in-depth knowledge of the workings of the creative industries.

The programme is developed alongside and conducted in collaboration with Media Evolution, a media cluster with over 350 member companies based in Malmö.This facilitates a crossover between the academic and professional worlds and allows you as a student to develop skills in both areas throughout your studies. Throughout the duration of the programme, you will get the chance to meet a number of international guest lecturers from universities all across the world, further adding to the global relevance of the programme.

The first and second semester

The first semester focuses on examining key themes in communication studies and on how the creative industries of today are operated. During the second semester, you will learn more about the possibilities with collaborative media. The year ends with a (one-year, 15 credits) master's thesis.

The pedagogical approach

The programme, which is web-based and full-time, makes education available to students globally and offers a unique blend of distance and campus-based learning. The seminars are compulsory, and you can either attend in Malmö or online. This approach makes it possible for international students to enrol in the programme without having to relocate, leading to a diverse and intercultural student body that increases the opportunities for students to form transnational networks and to benefit from international lecturers.

The programme is hosted on an online platform through which communication between students and lecturers takes place and where student projects are uploaded. As the main theme of the programme is collaborative media, this pedagogical approach leaves room for experimentation, and students are encouraged to use collaborative media during this process.

What can I do with my degree?

After graduating, you will have the qualifications necessary to work in media and communication. The skill set and knowledge you develop during your studies are valuable to the fast-growing creative industries. Companies, government, and organisations are other possible employers as they become increasingly dependent on communication and media in their business. This programme is for those of you who want to take an active role in the development of the media field. It also provides a foundation for further post-graduate studies.

Entry requirements

  1. The degree of Bachelor (180 credits) or equivalent in social sciences, humanities, arts or design studies.
  2. General eligibility + the equivalent of English course B in Swedish higher secondary school.

Organisation

The programme aims to advance the students' scientific knowledge and skills in media and communication studies. The programme is established in the research profile of new media, public spheres and forms of expression.

The programme is designed to provide students with the requisite skills to perform work in media and communication - at companies, government agencies, and organisations that specifically have media and communication as its field of activity, and at companies, government agencies and organisations that depend on media and communications in order to conduct its business. The programme also gives eligibility to further studies in the field.

The programme comprises 60 credits. It is web-based and is taught in English.On completion of the education, the student shall have acquired at least 30 credits in the main field media and communication studies.

Courses

  • Media and Communication Studies: Key Themes in Media and Communication Studies, 15 credits (KK640B) compulsory
  • Media and Communication Studies: Understanding the Creative Industries, 15 credits (KK641B) compulsory
  • Media and Communication Studies: Collaborative Media, 7.5 credits (KK642B) compulsory
  • Media and Communication Studies: Research Methodology, 7.5 credits (KK643B) compulsory
  • Media and Communication Studies: Master's (One-Year) Thesis, 15 credits (KK644B) compulsory

Learning outcomes

After completing the programme students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of media and communication studies, including both an overview of the field and deeper knowledge of specific parts of the field as well as insight into current research and development work
  2. demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in media and communication studies

Competence and skills

  1. demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
  2. demonstrate the ability to independently identify and formulate issues and to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames
  3. demonstrate the ability verbally and in writing to report clearly and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based on dialogue with different audiences
  4. demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or employment in some other qualified capacity

Judgement and approach

  1. demonstrate the ability of media and communication studies to make assessments in relation to relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  2. demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used
  3. demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning
This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 13, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is
Online
Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
Price
100,000 SEK
Information
Deadline
Jan. 15, 2019
first admission round. April 15 deadline for second admission round.
Locations
Sweden - Malmö, Skåne County
Start date : Aug. 2019
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2019
first admission round. April 15 deadline for second admission round.
End date Request Info
Dates
Aug. 2019
Sweden - Malmö, Skåne County
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2019
first admission round. April 15 deadline for second admission round.
End date Request Info
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