Key Facts

Course Title: Global Media and Culture
Course type: MA, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
Mode of Study:Full Time or Part Time
Contact Details:Dr Pawas Bisht
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Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject Area: Media Studies


Media and Cultural Studies at Keele is an exciting and developing discipline that draws together theories and practices from a range of traditional disciplines such as English, Sociology, Geography, Music and Visual Arts. It involves three main aspects:

  • The study of theories and ideas about media and cultural production in a global context
  • The critical analysis of cultural texts and practices from around the world
  • Engagement in practical creative production

The MA in Global Media and Culture seeks to explore the relationship between these three areas and to show how knowledge of each informs and influences the others. In addition, it aims to provide the skills necessary for academic study at an advanced level either for those wishing to go on to further academic research, or as an advanced preparation for those interested in pursuing careers in a range of media and culture industries.

Please refer to MA GMC HANDBOOK 2017-18


The University will do all it reasonably can to provide the programme as described in this document. Given the duration of the programme, circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control may mean that it cannot deliver the programme as described. In addition to the other information provided, the University seeks to identify below the circumstances in which it may be required to make changes. Where any such changes are made, the University will notify the relevant students as early as reasonably possible and will take all reasonable steps to minimise any disruption which may result, for example, by delivering a modified version of the programme, affording the opportunity to withdraw and providing help to transfer to another institution or, where relevant, by providing alternative optional modules.

Aims of the Course

The aim of the Programme is to enable students to:

  • Think, talk, and write at an advanced level about global media and culture and the ways in which cultural and media organisations intersect with general political and economic processes.
  • Understand, evaluate and apply a range of theories about culture and media production, especially those associated with globalisation and postcolonialism.
  • Engage in comparative analysis of media and cultural production from different areas of the world.
  • Pursue options in developing creative skills and practices involved in media and cultural production at a level commensurate with postgraduate study.
  • Critically engage in analysing the ways in which questions of cultural value are experienced and understood, within the context of globalisation and postcolonialism.
  • Pursue critical approaches and methodologies practised in media and cultural studies, especially those associated with postcolonialism and globalisation.
  • Develop research skills commensurate with postgraduate study in the field of media and cultural studies.
  • Obtain the knowledge, skills and personal qualities necessary to find a fulfilling and rewarding career, and become informed and active citizens with a lifelong interest in studying and/or practicing in the fields of global media and culture.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree at second class or higher (or international equivalent) in Media Studies, Cultural Studies or another appropriate Humanities or Social Sciences subject. Applicants with other qualifications and appropriate experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students for whom English is a second language will require English language proficiency of at least 6.5 in IELTS test scores (or equivalent).

Course Content

Each module is given a credit rating within the national Masters framework. These may be transferable from, or to, other institutions where the learning outcomes are comparable.

Postgraduate Certificate in Global Media and Culture: 60 credits

Postgraduate Diploma in Global Media and Culture: 120 credits

Masters in Global Media and Culture: total 180 credits

An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the table below . Core modules are shown in bold; optional modules are in regular font.

Full-time students complete the course over one year (September to September); part-time students over two years.

Please refer to the MA GMC HANDBOOK 2017-18 for further information on core and optional modules.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching sessions and timetable

The main contact time for teaching takes place on between 5-7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in both semester 1 and semester 2. Details of times, dates and locations will be provided in the handbooks for individual modules.

In addition to the core teaching sessions there are three morning sessions in semester 1, which form part of the core module Research Methods in the Humanities. Details of times, dates and locations will be provided in the Research Training Handbook. 

Semester 1 runs from the end of September to the end of January, with an assessment period in January.

Semester 2 runs from the last week of January to the middle of June, with the assessment period in June.

Semester 3 involves the production of the dissertation or media project and runs from June to the end of September. There will be no formal group classes during this period, but students may arrange individual consultation with their supervisors.



MDS-40024:  Research Skills (15 credits)

  • 01: Portfolio weighted 60%
    A Portfolio including three pieces of work
    • (i) Bibliography containing references relating to 10 sources.
    • (ii) A discussion of the validity of a piece of research obtained from the internet (2000 words)
    • (iii) A 500 word Essay Plan. This work will be submitted formatively over the course of the module. Tutors will feedback on formative work in order for students to improve their work in time for the final submission for summative assessment.
  • 2: Review weighted 40%
    2000 word close reading of a theoretical text.
    Students write a 2000 word review of a particular piece of theoretical work.



MDS-40023: Research Methods (15 credits)

  • 1: Project weighted 30%
    Project Proposal
    Students write a project proposal of 1000 words.
  • 2: Bibliography weighted 30%
    Annotated Bibliography
    Students write an annotated bibliography of 1000 words.
  • 3: Literature Review weighted 40%
    Literature Review
    Students write a literature review of 1500 words.



MDS- 40018: Globalisation, Culture, Media (Core) (30 credits)

This core module runs over two semesters.

  • Essay, 3,500 words (70%)
  • Poster Presentation (30%)



MDS-40017: Contemporary Cultural and Media Theory (Core) (30 Credits)

  • Essay 4,500 words            (70%)
  • Short Paper 1,500 words               (30%)


ENG-40042 - Postcolonial and World Literature in English (Option) (30 credits)

  • Essay, 3,500 words (80%)
  • Presentation (20%)


MDS-40016: Creative Media Practice (Option) (30 credits)

  • Workbook (60%)
  • Essay, 2,500 words (40%)


MDS-40025: Visual Pleasures: From Carnival to Disney (Option) (30 credits)

  • Essay, 3,000 words (40%)
  • Reflective Diary (20%)
    Reflective diary of around 1500 words
  • Practical Assessment (40%)

MDS-40014: Dissertation (60 credits)

  • Dissertation of 15,000 words (100 %)
  • Dissertation plan (0%) (compulsory)


MDS-40015: Media Project (60 credits)

  • Essay, 3,500 words (30%)
  • Workbook (30%)
  • Project (40%)


Additional Costs


Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this post graduate programme.