The MA International Communications Studies degree programme can be taken full-time in one year or part-time over a maximum of six years. The programme is divided into modules, worth 10, 20, 30 or 60 credits each.
Students must take 180 credits (including 60 credits for a dissertation). Students must also pass the taught components before proceeding to the dissertation.
The compulsory modules strike a balance between, on the one hand, grounding the student’s learning in the classic concepts, theories and methods of media, communication and cultural studies, and, on the other hand, exploring contemporary trends in online business models, international news flows, the use of Big Data etc.
Towards the end of the second semester, each student is assigned a dissertation supervisor based on project proposals.
Compulsory modules provide the core skills and knowledge needed to analyse various forms of communication in their contemporary social and cultural settings as well as an opportunity to acquire either a modern European (French, Spanish, German) or East-Asian language (Japanese or Chinese).
Students will continue to study their chosen language. Students will continue to develop their dissertation projects with the aid of their supervisors and in the compulsory module. Optional modules allow students to immerse themselves in topics suiting their interests and future career goals.