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Master of Arts in Media and Communication

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¿Qué aprenderé?

The Master of Arts (MA) degree consists of taught coursework, which may include internship opportunities, and independent research in a wide variety of Arts subjects. It provides the opportunity to critically examine current practices in the field, while also demonstrating understanding of the principles of research.

Those interested in a research-focused programme of study in their subject may consider the Master of Arts (Thesis). The Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis) is composed of a substantial body of original research in a wide variety of Arts subjects. It provides the opportunity to contribute to new knowledge in the field and build on academic skills.

The Master of Arts degree consists of a total 180 points, made up from a 30-point compulsory course in introductory research methods, at least 60 points in a single subject, a maximum of 30 points from an internship or other relevant subject, and a 60-point dissertation.

The Master of Arts (Thesis) degree consists of a 120-point thesis in a chosen subject. Students can begin their studies on the first day of any month.

An MA will mark you out as someone with high level thinking and writing skills, knowledge of research and the ability to plan and complete a major task. A PhD will qualify you as a researcher on an international level. With both degrees, you become an expert in your chosen area of study, able to expand critical horizons and to participate in both media scholarship and policy.

All of the programme’s academics are active researchers with international publication records. We have particular strengths in journalism, international media and politics, as well as critical analysis of the media from a wide range of perspectives. See the list of recent student topics on the right and visit our People page to see areas of staff expertise. We warmly welcome you to talk with us about your options.

Media and Communication attracts a wide range of research students, including New Zealand residents and students from countries as diverse as Canada, Malaysia, Germany, Argentina, China, Philippines and the Maldives. They come via a variety of routes: some from an Honours degree, some from overseas universities and some from professional careers.

Topics studied in recent years include:

  • Environmental and science journalism
  • Heroes and villains in the Americas Cup
  • The Maori public sphere
  • Sexualised advertising in women’s magazines
  • The reporting of poverty
  • Journalists on film
  • The journalism of Michael King
  • The colonisation of public space by outdoor advertising
  • Reporting of the Iraq War
  • The commercialisation of Polynesian youth cultures
  • Masters in Media and Communication

Further study

Doctor of Philosophy

Career opportunities

Media and Communication courses are an excellent preparation for a career in a communication industry or profession, from the news media to marketing or government communication. While many Media and Communication graduates enter careers directly related to their studies, some graduates tend to initially enter careers that seek university graduates of any discipline, but which offer ample opportunity to use their knowledge, skills and perspectives on communication in society.

Many organisations place a high value on people who can develop relationships between media and the public as well as manage internal communications. These same skills are also valued by government departments and agencies, both in liaising with the public and in developing policy.

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

Faculty of Arts

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (1 )

Costos de estudio
NZ$51.000,00 (US$ 31.724) por año
Fees for 180 points

*El precio que se muestra es una referencia, por favor verificar con la institución

Fecha de inicio

20 Febrero 2023

Lugar

University of Canterbury

Warehouse, 20 Kirkwood Ave,

Ilam,

CHRISTCHURCH,

Upper Riccarton,

8041, New Zealand

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

Students must have qualified for an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor's degree (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard). You must also satisfy the prerequisites for a major subject. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject is required. English language requirements: IELTS academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking; TOEFL (iBT) total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening; TOEFL PBT with a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5; CCEL EAP Level 2 with a minimum B+ grade; CAE or CPE score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking; Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; NZCEL Level 5.

Para estudiantes internacionales

Coursework: You will need to have qualified for an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor's degree (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard). You must also satisfy the prerequisites for a major subject. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject is required.

Thesis: You will need to have qualified for a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree (or other qualifications of an equivalent standard) within one of the Arts subjects offered in the MA(Thesis). With approval, you may be able to complete the MA(Thesis) in a different subject from your BA(Hons) qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.

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University of Canterbury es una universidad global con vínculos con institutos líderes que fortalecen sus lazos de enseñanza e investigación.

  • Clasificada entre las mejores 300 del mundo
  • Entre el top 1% de las universidades del mundo
  • Calificación QS de 5 Estrellas por investigación y enseñanza
  • Académicos expertos

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