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Media Management MSc

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October 2017
September 2017 (EU/INT induction)
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£8,500 (UK/EU)
£12,500 (INT)
Course leader
Theresa Cronin

Challenging, diverse and always evolving – the media plays a vital role in the global economy. The MSc Media Management equips you to navigate the legal, cultural, economic and technological contexts in which media organisations operate, and equips you with the skills you need to become an outstanding media manager.

Why study MSc Media Management at Middlesex University?

MSc Media Management is an interdisciplinary course, consciously designed to be flexible to your strengths and the career you’re looking to excel in. Whether you’re looking to become a masterful events manager, marketing guru, communications expert or entrepreneur in the media, you’ll choose from an impressive array of modules to tailor your learning.

Based in our £80 million specialist Grove building and supported by our Business and Law Schools, you'll be taught by leading practitioners and academics, with opportunities to collaborate with students across a range of disciplines. Through a combination of theoretical and practical learning, you'll develop a critical understanding of management operations in contemporary media industries with a strong focus on research and its impact on audiences, businesses and industries worldwide.

Course highlights

  • You’ll be taught by academics who are either actively engaged in media research or who have extensive media industry experience, giving you a unique blend of emergent ideas and real-world knowledge.
  • We welcome industry leaders to work with our students. Last year we welcomed Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London, Alison Small, CEO of the Production Guild of Great Britain, Aaqil Ahmed, Commissioning Editor for Religion and Head of Religion and Ethics, James Mackley, Director of Financial Economics and OFCOM and Mathieu Prin, Programme Manager of the World Cities Culture Forum to give guest lectures and share their insight and experiences with our students.
  • You will be working in state-of-the-art media facilities, including fully-equipped digital media workshops, television studio and news room.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the MSc Media Management?

This course covers key subjects related to the management and structure of the media and promotional industries, including the relationships between creative skills and management strategy.

There are three compulsory core modules on this course and a range of additional module options covering more specialist areas of Media Management.

  • Modules

    • Media and Creative Industries (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      Develop the ability to critically analyse the changing economic forces and regulations which direct and constrain the choices of managers within the media industries. Through a series of lectures, seminars and written assignments you will explore the key social, political and cultural factors that influence media management strategies across the public and commercial sectors.

    • Research Methods (30 Credits) - Compulsory​

      Explore key research methods in media, culture and communication, and the practical issues that affect how they are carried out. Through in-depth discussion and experimentation with both qualitative and quantitative approaches to researching people, texts, institutions and media industries, you will develop advanced knowledge and skills that will not only enhance your learning but your future career and any further study you embark on.

    • Key Skills in Media Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory​

      This module features advanced learning in three key Media Management skills: managing technological change within media industries; leadership for creative teams; and researching for creative development.

    • Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory​

      Your final dissertation is an opportunity for you to take all the knowledge and skills you have acquired in the preceding modules and apply them to a substantial project and/or written dissertation. You can choose one of two options: either a 12,000 word written piece on a chosen area of Media Management or an industry report (4,000 words) and a smaller dissertation (8,000 words).

    • Arts Management (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module will enable you to critically examine the field of arts management from both a domestic and international sphere, including the not-for-profit and for-profit art markets, structures of ownership and control in arts organization, sustainability and the implications for cultural heritage industries.

    • Scripting, Producing and Directing (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module provides you with hands-on experience in the key elements of the filmmaking process and the insight to match. Working from script through to production and direction, you will learn what informs key artistic and economic decisions, whose responsibility these decisions are and how they are applied.

    • Media and Creative Writing (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module explores how to capture an audience with creative writing using today’s plethora of on and offline communication tools, equipping you with the knowledge to identify and target markets and manage different types of text outputs, individually and collaboratively.

    • Working with the Creative Industries (30 Credits) - Optional

      Through exploration of a range of industry practices, organisational structures and business processes, you'll develop the knowledge and skills to understand, work and negotiate productively with the different needs and constraints of creative technical work and industry/business practice.

    • Managing and Marketing Events (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module enables you to develop a critical understanding of managing and marketing events in a wide range of contexts through designing, planning, managing and evaluating a real time event which attracts desired target audiences in the leisure market.

    • Arts Marketing (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module explores the ideas and strategies you need to market effectively and efficiently to art audiences, from performing arts to museums, theatre, digital art, dance, music and literature. You will also gain critical insights on long-range marketing planning and related research methodologies.

    • Brand Management (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module will arm you with a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of brand equity and strategic brand management, as well as the concepts and techniques to improve long-term profitability of brand strategies.

    • Creative Communication Strategy (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module explores the use of creative advertising practices to enhance brand communication. Through creative teamwork that is designed to mirror real organisation in the creative industries, you will undertake assigned briefs for a range of business and consumer brands.

    • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small Business Management (30 Credits) - Optional

      With a strong focus on innovation and creativity, this module will challenge you to think and act entrepreneurially and develop small business management skills through the review and application of theory and practice in the field.

    • Moving Image Practice (30 Credits) - Optional

      Through the development of your own moving image project – whether a video installation or a mobile experience - you will learn about a range of practices and start to push the boundaries of what we understand as moving image.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MSc Media Management degree taught?

This course is flexibly designed to put you at the centre of your learning by using a range of teaching and assessment approaches that take into account your individual interests, abilities and ambitions in Media Management. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and online activities.

Full-time students attend classes for two semesters beginning in September and complete their dissertation requirement by the end of the following September. Part-time students attend classes for four semesters and complete their dissertation requirement by the end of September in their second year.


Assessment varies across the course. Core modules typically require essays, reports or project work of between 2,500-5,000 words, while more creatively focussed optional modules have a variety of assessment formats including film scripts and treatments, a portfolio of creative writing, completed films or the staging of a successful event.

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How can the MSc Media Management support your career?

Our graduates are ambitious and their knowledge and skills are highly prized by employers across the world. Our graduates go on to take up challenging roles within a range of media industries including Public Relations and Communications agencies, Events Marketing agencies, Business Intelligence, Social Networks, Music Licensing and Record Labels.  Students from our course have also taken up roles in high profile international companies such as ZDF, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and Bauer Media Group.

Work placements

Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market, as well as being a fantastic experience. You can gain credit for any Work placements you undertake by using the experience as a basis for your final Dissertation Project.  Students are encouraged to seek out some of the many opportunities London has to offer whilst being supported by one of our dedicated Employability Officers throughout the process.

Dr Theresa Cronin
Programme leader

Theresa is programme leader for the MSc Media Management and an expert in media regulation and audience studies. She has published papers on the legal and regulatory debates surrounding controversial film and is currently developing a project on women's reception of television violence.

Deborah Klika

Deborah has enjoyed a varied career in a range of capacities in the Australian Film and TV industry, including her work as the convenor of the Advisory Council for the Australian Broadcast Corporation. She is an emerging screenwriter with an emerging research profile in TV sitcom and film narrative comedy.

Dr Anne Robinson

Anne is a Lecturer in Creative Media and an international, experimental artist. She has exhibited work across the world including Minneapolis, Singapore and Marseilles, and has shown her work in galleries across the UK including the V&A and the Bank Gallery in London as well as on Channel 4.

Dr Josie Barnard

Josie is the author of five acclaimed Virago books, including The Book of Friendship (2011) and the novel Poker Face (1996), which won the Betty Trask Award and was made into a Film Four short. She has worked as an editor and journalist, writing features and reviews for newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, the Telegraph and the TLS.

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