University of Nottingham Malaysia

Media, Communications and Culture MA


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Qualification: MA
Fees: Malaysian – RM49,100 per programme, Non-Malaysian – RM57,100 per programme
Mode: 1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time
Intake: February (Part-time) and September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

The MA in Media, Communications and Culture provides you with the theoretical and analytical training required to continue to a research degree or to develop professional skills relevant to working at management level in the fields of media and communications policy and industry. The course will develop your specialist knowledge of key research methods, which will be supplemented by specific empirical examples and case studies to increase your understanding and critical awareness of the dynamics of media transformation and the challenges this creates within politics, business, public administration and everyday life. Using an interdisciplinary approach and drawing upon current research, the course also aims to equip you with the practical skills and ability required to engage insightfully with relevant developments and discourses in this field.

Course structure

The full-time MA Media, Communications and Culture course lasts 12 months and is divided into two semesters and a summer period, and you will take three modules per semester. You will 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.

This course covers the history of contemporary media communications and cultural studies, new forms of political economy and agency in an era of digital media. Some modules cover geography and information infrastructures, the ethics and politics of communication practices, and the symbolic and aesthetic forms of contemporary media.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A relevant second class honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard. Relevant workplace experience may be considered in some circumstances.

Malaysians applying as a matured student without the standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant work experience (and have successfully passed APEL’s assessment through Malaysian Qualifications Agency) at an appropriate level may be considered. Admission is at the discretion of the School.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)

TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic): 71 (with no less than 65 in each element)

MUET: Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.


Typical core modules

  • Approaches to Theory 
  • Issues and Challenges in Contemporary Media
  • Mass Media
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Working in the Culture Industry: Case Study Workshops


Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students.


School of Media, Languages and Cultures
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000  
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8005 
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