The digitization of media and the emergence of new digital communication platforms have had significant impacts on our communication practices, our place and activities in a mediatized environment, and thus our role as citizens.
They have disrupted established business models, and power relations, and have facilitated the emergence of new media practices.
Audiences are challenging the roles of traditional information brokers; ‘Twitter revolutions’ and online activism affect political change; values of openness and sharing infuse knowledge production; and interaction and participation become the norm (and their management a key skill). At the same time, new commercial empires are emerging, monitoring and surveillance by both businesses and governments are expanding, and content is increasingly filtered and controlled.
This course offers a thorough understanding of these current transformations and equips students with the analytical skills to investigate digital media in the context of social, political and economic change.
It provides a solid grounding in the concepts, theories and research methods of media and communication studies, as well as opportunities to specialise in various areas of digtal communication.
Further, students can develop their own research project as part of their dissertation.
The MA draws on the strength and diversity of Cardiff’s staff, giving students a unique opportunity to work with academics whose research is at the cutting edge of exploring how media are changing in a dynamic global communications environment.
Students should apply for their course using the Online Application Service.
This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding. It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University. Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.