University of Nottingham Malaysia
School of
Media, Languages and Cultures

CNN Academy programme

CNN Academy Hub

Walk in the footsteps of iconic CNN reporters

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More than forty years ago, CNN reinvented modern journalism. From this September, you can benefit from decades of experience and innovation from the  world’s news leader, with our course’s optional module – Digital Storytelling and Production. 

Supported by our staff, your journey will start on campus and online, as the CNN team take you through a series of workshops on the CNN Academy Hub, before you fly out to join the Sprint programme in Abu Dhabi, all expenses covered.

The Sprint programme is curated in association with the newsgathering, digital and programming teams working on Connect the World with Becky Anderson, CNN’s flagship current affairs programme broadcast out of Abu Dhabi.


CNN Academy 2022

The Yas Creative Hub in Abu Dhabi is a global destination for media and entertainment.

It is also home to CNN’s new state of the art broadcasting hub in the region.


For an entire week, you will:

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Alongside this ground-breaking option module, throughout the course of our MA Media, Communications and Culture you will engage with academics who combine cutting edge research and their own industry experience, strengthening your analytical and theoretical skills. The programme will develop your specialist knowledge of key research methods through specific empirical examples and case studies, and will increase your understanding and critical awareness regarding the dynamics and challenges of media transformation. You will explore the history of contemporary media, communications and cultural studies, as well as new forms of political economy and agency in an era of digital media.


Course overview

Our MA in Media, Communications and Culture provides you with the theoretical and analytical training needed, either to continue to a higher education degree or to develop professional skills for working at management level in media, communications policy and industry.

  • Engage with the most up-to-date, dynamic and forward-thinking studies into the workings of global, regional and local societies. 
  • Equip yourself with the practical skills to participate in relevant developments and discourses in the fields of postcolonialism, contemporary media, the culture industry and post humanism. 
  • Gain hands-on experience with CNN, and create your own content that meets CNN’s high production values.
  • Participate in industry simulation activities.
  • Benefit from an array of guest speakers and lecturers from the media, politics, arts, and other industries.
  • Have access to our state-of-the-art Digital Media Lab to produce your own content. 
  • Open the door to careers in: academia; brand consulting; civil service; corporate advertising; journalism; media and communications; politics, lobbying and diplomacy; public and media relations; strategic marketing.


Course duration

The full-time MA Media, Communications and Culture course lasts 12 months and is divided into two semesters and a summer period. You will take three modules per semester, and then complete a dissertation over the summer, to be submitted in September. If you are studying the course part-time, you can complete this within 24 or 36 months, depending on your circumstances. 

Click here to find out more about course modules, entry requirements, scholarship and financial assistance.

MA Media, Communications and Culture


Course details

There are no additional costs involved in joining the CNN module, as your course fee covers flights, visas, accommodation, catering, activities, and travel costs in Abu Dhabi. 

Apply now for September Intake

For enquiries, please get in touch with Student Recruitment at

School of Media, Languages and Cultures

University of Nottingham Malaysia
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

telephone: +6 (03) 8924 8693
fax: +6 (03) 8924 8020

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