The University of Wolverhampton

MAContemporary Media

Why choose this course?

Designed in conjunction with professional broadcasters and taught by media professionals, this multi-disciplinary course combines intellectual knowledge with practical experience to give you the necessary understanding and skills to work in the constantly changing media industry.

The course consists of carefully designed modules giving you an in-depth understanding of the essential elements of contemporary media, including different television genres, popular drama, news, radio, print, public relations and corporate and educational forms through differing practical approaches. You will learn th essential technical skills of self-shooting, editing and directing as well as the role of press, PR and marketing.

You will have the opportunity to choose from either an industry placement within an organisation, or a professional practice module where you will produce a piece of media text, for example a television or radio production.

Further information about the Media and Film Studies department.


What happens on the course?

Typical modules may include:

  • Contemporary Media
  • Independent Project
  • Industry Placement
  • Theory and History/Industry and Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Practice

Why Wolverhampton?

  • Key elements are taught by media professionals – you find out first-hand about industry-standard practices
  • Benefit from small group, seminar-style teaching
  • The course team has close relationships with media industries in the region, including the BBC, ITV, independent producers, and press and PR companies, providing you with additional opportunities for making contacts with industry professionals
  • There will be opportunities to attend Royal Television Society lectures and events in the region, and meet national and regional industry figures

Career path

  • This MA will provide you with the essential skills and knowledge for entry and future progress in positions such as a researcher (television, radio, corporate), reporter, director or production work
  • You could also enter careers in sales, scheduling and press and PR

Entry requirements

  • You should have a good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject (eg. Media, Communications, PR, Journalism), but candidates with first degrees in other Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts and Business subjects will also be considered
  • Substantial relevant experience or professional qualifications can substitute for graduate status
  • You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent)

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £6,020 £12,445
Part time - *

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £5,900 £12,200
Part time £2,950

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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