MA Mass Communications

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (full-time, per year): £7,250

International (full-time, per year): £15,600

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About this course

LJMU's Mass Communications MA investigates the significance of media forms, the systems within which they operate and the challenges they face.

  • Develop exceptional transferable skills such as presentation, communication and interpersonal skills, skills in creative and analytical writing, organisation and time management
  • Study a course designed for students from a wide range of academic or vocational backgrounds, including social media managers, public relations and journalism
  • Follow a curriculum delivered by academic staff with a proven record in research and teaching
  • Join the cultural workforce with an understanding of how changes in policy and the politics of culture effect communication

Media industries and their content are often subject to scrutiny and debates concerning their communicative power and influence, professional practice, ethics and law. This MA will enable you to join the cultural workforce with an understanding of how changes in policy and the politics of culture impact communication. You will examine how communications, institutions and media systems connect with contemporary audience experience and participation.


The MA is delivered by academic staff with a proven record in research and teaching mass communications. It considers forms of communication in a range of contexts to highlight their historical development and explore their continued relevance within a contemporary digital media environment.

The knowledge you will gain on this course will strengthen your ability to create different kinds of communication for specific audiences, enabling you to understand how cultures are influenced and affected by such forms. You will be able to make ethical, relevant decisions with regards to journalism, academia, TV and radio broadcasting, PR and internet broadcasting and writing for the web.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Engagement with this vibrant and innovative programme of study will provide you with a portfolio of skills that will be valuable for working in a range of media industries. The postgraduate research training that is integral to this course will also enable you to pursue further study at doctoral level.

Former students who have studied Mass Communications at LJMU have gone on to work in advertising, marketing, public relations, arts administration, publishing, industry, retail, leisure, charitable organisation

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management, educational administration, accountancy, the social services, teaching and the Civil Service.

You may also pursue a career in broadcasting (radio or television), digital media and public relations.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core modules

Theories Concepts and Debates in Mass Communications
30 credits

This module aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of key theoretical frameworks relevant to Mass Communications. It enables you to establish a critical awareness of the field. It introduces a variety of ways in which the relationship between the mass media and society is theorised by academics and the issues currently debated in the field.

Digital Cultures
30 credits

This module aims to:

  • contextualise the evolution of new media and its perceived social purpose
  • critically assess how popular cultural practices are informed by changes in the commercial use of new media
  • evaluate current research in digital culture

New Media: Policy and Practice
30 credits

This module explores current debates regarding access, use and the regulation of new media in response to digitalisation. It offers you the opportunity to put this knowledge and understanding into practice through the production of different forms of media writing for computer media communication. It aims to:

  • strengthen your evaluation of Mass Communications research across different forms of communication and media industries
  • explore public debates about the role of the media in a contemporary global context
  • consider existing and proposed media policy and professional practice especially with regard to computer mediated communication
  • enable you to critically reflect on the role that policy and regulation plays in the ethical decision making processes of media practices
  • critique the production of professional digital communication forms

Mass Communications Dissertation
60 credits

This module is supported by Mass Communication Research Methods. The dissertation is designed to allow you to demonstrate your competence in selecting a relevant subject for investigation and exercising appropriate judgement in the planning and design of the project. It enables you to:

  • produce a dissertation that demonstrates original and independent research on Mass Communications
  • exercise initiative and personal responsibility in the development of the research project
  • engage confidently in academic communication

Perspectives On Mass Communication Research Methods
30 credits


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Students attend university for teaching on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, with the research methods module taught over the full academic year.

Teaching methods

The course offers a range of approaches to learning, including field trips, with peer and tutor feedback greatly encouraged. Workshop activities and tutor support facilitate formative feedback to enable you to work on your weaknesses and build on your strengths. 

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

You will engage in a range of assessments, from standard essays (both tutor directed and student directed), to presentations, critical reviews of websites, various blog entries and a dissertation.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Nedim Hassan

Dr Nedim Hassan

Programme leader

Ned's research interests include the roles of music in everyday domestic life, 1980s’ rock and metal music culture, as well as contemporary metal music cultures. He has conducted extensive ethnographic research that has examined domestic musical practice, community music-making and metal music culture. Previous published work focuses upon domestic and public musical performing as a resource for social interaction and the articulation of self-identity, the politics of leisure for adults with learning disabilities and the representation of hard rock and metal music of the 1980s. He is currently engaged in an ethnographic project that examines rock and metal music scenes in Merseyside, UK.

I enjoy teaching and engaging with a range of different students. Helping students to develop their academic skills, critical thinking and confidence in their independent research is enormously satisfying. Working with internationally renowned cultural partners such as Tate Liverpool and seeing students benefit from such partnerships has also been highly rewarding.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based within the John Foster Building in the Mount Pleasant Campus, the School of Humanities and Social Science has many outstanding facilities, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated postgraduate study areas. At the back of the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which gives access to an exceptional range of materials to support the study of humanities and social science.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum second class honours degree in a Humanities or Social Science related discipline


  • industry experience in a relevant sector such as PR, marketing and journalism. Exceptionally, the requirements of a good second class honours degree may be waived where past experience has made the applicant suitable for the programme

Additional information:

  • If you do not have a degree, a minimum of five years work experience in the field of public relations, journalism, information officers, librarians, marketers, social media managers, social scientists and civil servants will be considered
  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.0-6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson PTE Academic 64 (minimum 59 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

Applications are considered by the programme leader and at least two course tutors. They are assessed on your application form and references. 

You will need to: 

  • demonstrate sufficient knowledge to embark on the programme
  • display the potential to develop high level research skills
  • demonstrate the ability and commitment to work at postgraduate level

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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