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MA Studies in Media and Culture

The Media, Film and Broadcast Centre is a purpose-built production environment which includes television studios, radio studios, video editing suites, audio edit suites, Apple Mac digital media labs with Adobe software and a sound theatre.

The Course

MA Studies in Media and Culture is designed to provide a thorough grounding in issues dominating contemporary thought on processes of mediation and cultural practice. Students have the opportunity 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. Students have the opportunity to explore various aspects of the ecological entanglements of media, reflecting the research interests of the course team. There is also an opportunity to analyse 21st Century cultural processes and phenomena in a global context, and to engage in reflexive, experimental research practice.

Teaching and learning on the programme will be undertaken through lectures, seminars, presentations, reading groups, and personal tutorials. Students are able to develop their skills to work as both an individual and as a team member 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 eight 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 spent in class, students are expected to spend two to three hours in independent study.

Cultural Analysis (Core)
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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)
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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)
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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, Media and Culture in a Global Context (Option)
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Gender, Media and Culture 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 analysis 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 and 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)
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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)
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Media Ecologies 1 (Core)

This module is designed to tackle critically 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)
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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)
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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)
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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.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment is through written work, including essays and a dissertation, as well as through presentations. In addition, some optional modules provide the 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 students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date (unless stated differently above).

 2020/21 Entry*
Home/EU £7,700

(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

International £16,000
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
 Part-time Home/EU £43 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point



A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.


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 £49, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2,940.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

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

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.

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience.

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

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Thomas Sutherland

Programme Leader

Dr Sutherland is a Senior Lecturer in the University's Lincoln School of Media and specialises in the history and philosophy of media and communication, as well as critical and cultural theory more broadly.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

Graduates can go on to careers in the media and cultural 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 pursue 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.

Visit our Careers Service pages here


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure you have access to the specialist equipment and resources you need to develop the skills you may need in their future career.

There is a full range of portable equipment for filming and recording on location, as well as access to some media software for home use. All Media Production students can have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software via our media and design labs.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

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.