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MA Studies in Media and Culture

1 year 2 years Lincoln School of Film and Media Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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This programme is designed to offer interdisciplinary encounters with some of the latest developments and trajectories in media and cultural theory.

The programme seeks to provide a thorough grounding in the philosophical foundations of mediation and cultural practice and to investigate key theoretical debates reshaping this expanding and diverse field.

The coherence of the programme is achieved through close connections between core modules and specialised optional modules. You will have the opportunity to explore various aspects of the ecological entanglements of media, reflecting the research interests of the course team. Opportunities will be presented to analyse 21st Century cultural processes and phenomena in a global context and to engage in reflexive, experimental research practice.

How You Study

Teaching and learning on the programme will be undertaken through lectures, seminars, presentations, reading groups and personal tutorials. You will have the chance to develop your skills to work as an individual and as a member of a group to produce solo and group presentations, essays, projects and a dissertation.

Contact and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study. Full-time weekly contact hours are typically around 8 hours, however during the summer when the dissertation is being researched and written, you are expected to be largely engaged in independent study.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment is through written work, including essays and a dissertation, as well as through presentations. In addition, on some optional modules there is an opportunity for collaborative research projects which involve elements of both theory and practice (eg. audio-visual essays), submission of research portfolios and contribution to group blogs.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Interviews & Applicant Days

Applicants may be called for interview.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:1 honours degree in a related subject or equivalent relevant experience in a related industry.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.

Key Contacts

Dr Dean Lockwood
+44 (0)1522 886088


Master's Level

Cultural Analysis (Core)

The analysis of culture has typically been strongly invested in theoretical engagement with questions of power and resistance. However, new and apparently intractable problems have been posed for the field’s established political commitments as it confronts contemporary neoliberal forms of power. What use is theory today? What can it do? More reflexive approaches in the field have emerged to challenge the perception of theory’s inefficacy and marginality and to begin mapping out new territories. This module sets out to explore these new territories.

Dewesternizing Film Studies (Option)

Dewesternizing Film Studies aims to rethink and reassess the conceptual apparatus of contemporary film studies and theory to test its suitability for the analysis of film production, exhibition and reception in a variety of non-western contexts.

Dissertation (Media and Cultural Studies) (Core)

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to plan and complete an individual piece of research. The student is expected to carry out, by independent study, an individual research study/dissertation. It is intended that this work will contribute to the development of the student as someone capable of sustaining a major enquiry into aspects of the field. It will provide students with the opportunity to develop critical research skills.

Gender, Culture and Media in a Global Context (Option)

This module examines the multi-directional and variable relationship between gender, media and culture. We will interrogate the category of gender as a tool of cultural analyses and its relation to media and popular culture. Gender will be presented as central to media and cultural formations; while media, mediation and culture will be presented as central to gender formations. Key concepts to be examined in relation to gender will include body, class, power, sexual difference, masculinity/femininity race/ethnicity, identity/non-identity, subjectivity. These concepts will be introduced and examined in relation to case studies, media practices and texts from a variety of historical and geo-political contexts.

Human and Inhuman in the 21st Century (Option)

This module examines the specific social, cultural and political implications of everyday life in the 21st Century. It will aim to do this by attending to the expression and mediation of these issues in popular culture, dominant discourse and creative practice.

Human and Inhuman in the 21st Century (Option)

This module examines the specific social, cultural and political implications of everyday life in the 21st Century. It will aim to do this by attending to the expression and mediation of these issues in popular culture, dominant discourse and creative practice.

Media Ecologies 1 (Core)

This module is designed to critically tackle the current disintegration between discrete media forms. It recognises that long established boundaries between modes, practices and conventions of media have become diffuse. Where, in the past, individual media forms were comfortably self-contained and distinctive, today these forms are experienced as a type of informational content that we access on multiple devices and in multiple contexts.

The module understands contemporary media to be a complex, entangled ‘ecology’, a dynamic system in which any one product, device or image is always multiply connected, and in which our use of such media is necessarily informed by such connections. It insists that media activity is informed by a pattern of relations between individuals, political and economic institutions, commercial brands, and technologies.

Media Ecologies 2 (Core)

This module is designed to take the form of a reading group in which discussions revolve around close readings of selected texts. The module aims to identify a small number of new and recent texts of importance to emergent lines of inquiry in contemporary media and cultural scholarship. Specifically, these readings provide the opportunity to extend and deepen our understanding of ecological perspectives on media, which can provide points of entry into debates relevant to this focus.

Research Practice (Core)

This module aims to provide an understanding of the skills required to conduct research in media and culture across a variety of topics. Students are exposed to a range of relevant methods, including methods involving photography, video and digital media. They will be encouraged to critically evaluate relevant methodological approaches and respond to issues emergent from non-representational theory and the current renewal of interest in the politics of method in the field. They will also be expected to engage with particular debates in the areas of visual research and social media research.

Rethinking Society for the 21st Century (Option)

This module aims to critically examine the social, cultural and political implications of everyday experience unique to the 21st Century. It looks at to how these implications are mediated and expressed in popular culture, dominant discourse and creative practice. It is investigative rather than instructive and takes as its focus topics relevant to contemporary social life, including, for example, debt, conflict, global civil unrest, network culture, ideas of the future, utopia and dystopia.

You will be encouraged to experiment with various ways of exploring such topics, both individually and collaboratively, and through the development of modes of inquiry which overcome false divisions between theory and practice.

The Working Screenwriter: Art and Industry (Option)

This module is a practice-based and practitioner-led experience, in which students will have the opportunity to create materials relevant to the construction of a feature screenplay.

The process will begin in earnest with AfterEight, an entire eight hours dedicated to kick-starting feature ideas and developing these into robust and sustainable screen stories. At the end of this intensive process, supported by lecturers and practitioners, and modelled on the highly popular 24-hour film challenges, students are expected to have the bones of a feature film story, which they can develop further and use as a basis for their screenplay.

A series of masterclasses and guest lectures by screenwriters, directors, writer-directors, cinematographers and producers will provide an insider overview of the film industry today, with advice on getting employment and credits. Students can learn how to survive as a freelancer in the early years and how to approach screenwriting/writing-directing as a long-term career. The demands of being a screenwriter are different to those of the writer-director and each will also be addressed.

Career and Personal Development

Graduates may progress to careers in the media and culture industries, while others may utilise their knowledge and advanced critical-thinking skills in research roles across a range of commercial and public sector organisations. Some choose to go on to doctoral study and a career in academia.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

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  2018/19 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300
(including Alumni Scholarship 25% reduction)**
International £15,700
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £87 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.