Challenging, diverse and always evolving – this master's programme prepares aspiring media professionals to meet the challenges posed by a period of unprecedented change in the local and global media environment. There are numerous and diverse professional pathways in the creative and digital economy and this course is designed to prepare you with key sector skills such as digital media marketing, audience engagement and data analytics to ensure you succeed in the workplace.
Additionally, this offers a wider analytical perspective on the issues affecting media and creative industries and gives emphasis to equipping you with soft skills, new styles of leadership and an appreciation of creativity as an integral part of management practices in the field.
This programme combines applied and theoretical knowledge and understanding to equip you with the vital skills necessary for a successful management career in the media. It's been designed to meet the demands of media professionals by focusing on strong leadership skills, the ability to manage change and to promote innovation and creativity.
You'll study pedagogically innovative modules that draw on interdisciplinary strengths of diverse teaching expertise. This includes areas across media studies, the creative industries, political and digital economy, management, marketing and branding, reflecting current professional trends and academic research.
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This course will develop the research and professional skills you’ll need to work autonomously and be able to access and shape the media industry and related industries.
Throughout your studies, there will be opportunities for collaboration and partnership with industry across and beyond the programme. You’ll explore research-informed analytical perspectives on the issues affecting work in these industries and acquire the skills necessary to meet the challenges posed by a period of unprecedented change in the local and global media environment.
Our degree is ideal in preparing graduates for a management career in the media and related industries.
In addition to an in-depth understanding of media management, you’ll learn digital and media marketing skills vital to engage with the current media landscape. You’ll enhance your numeracy and foundational data analytics skills, especially within media consumption and audience measurement metrics.
Throughout your degree, you’ll acquire a broad range of work-related skills, from organisational and planning skills, to budgeting, timetabling, the reporting of findings and report-writing.
This course encourages independent learning and research through the self-management of the major final project. Furthermore, you’ll have plenty of opportunities during your studies to demonstrate team-work, problem-solving and leadership skills and gain effective communication in written, verbal and visual forms, including negotiation and presentation skills.
The module provides an overview of the course and addresses the relationships between media management, policy and economics, content production and distribution, and society. You'll consider the drivers for change within media and creative industries and the context for managerial decision-making.
Optional modules are not offered on this course.
For more details on this course, please download the Media Management MA specification (PDF).
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This course introduces an integrated strategy that reinforces practice-based and active research-based learning, allowing you to practise assessments with ‘real-world’ outputs and connects you with the workplace.
Throughout the course of study, you are offered practical tools, opportunities linked to industry, and scholarly knowledge, all of which will enhance your understanding of the ever-changing media environment. This is taught through guest lectures given by industry professionals, online tutorials via LinkedinLearning and networking experiences through industry events and field trips online and on-site when appropriate.
You’ll be part of a vibrant and diverse cohort, sharing professional and academic experience from all corners all the world, leading to a highly stimulating learning environment. You’ll have access to online forums where you can participate in student and peer-led discussions expanding on key questions and topics of the week, share material and receive tutor and peer-feedback. Our academic team will encourage and mentor you on a transformative journey, in order to develop your personal knowledge and experience and ensure you achieve your potential, academically and professionally.
This master's degree incorporates a blended teaching approach, offering a flexible mode of delivery involving both online and on campus learning when appropriate
The programme offers a range of new innovative modules which connect the disciplines of management with the specificities of the media industries.
As future media managers, you'll engage in research-oriented personal and exciting major projects that consider major disruption and change and the transformative potential this offers for a sustainable and inclusive field of media work.
Formative and Summative Assessments include:
You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.
Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.
You have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.
Once you graduate, you'll be equipped to enter a variety of types of employment. You could also choose to continue academic study at a higher level, for example a doctorate.
Recent graduates have gone on to the following roles:
Adam was formerly a Programme Manager for the British Council, the UK's organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, specialising in the Global Information Society and Knowledge Economy. He has taught English around the world, including in Egypt, Thailand, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He teaches English, Creative Writing, Project Management, Media, and Marketing. He is a prize-winning author under the name A J Dalton, and runs www.creativewritinghq.com for Middlesex University.
In 2013 Paul Kerr was appointed Senior Lecturer in Television Production at Middlesex University. He received his Doctorate in 2013. He is the author of Hollywood Independent: How the Mirisch Company Changed Cinema (Bloomsbury, 2023), and has edited or co-edited two other film and television books, (The Hollywood Film Industry and MTM: Quality Television) as well as The Crimean War (which was written while producing a Channel 4 series with the same title) not to mention numerous articles about television and film. He began his career at the British Film Institute, but for amost twentyfive years was an award-winning television producer, making dozens of programmes for the BBC and Channel Four, as well as a number of international co-productions.
Mita is a Lecturer in Digital Media, teaching across a range of levels, from foundation to taught Masters. Prior to joining Middlesex in 2018, she had worked at Edge Hill University, The One Academy of Communication Design in Malaysia, and the University of Hertfordshire. Mita has a PhD in Media from Edge Hill University, funded by the university's GTA scheme, a Master's in Film Studies from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and a BA Hons degree in Film, Television, and Radio Studies from Staffordshire University. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Continuing Education from the University of Nottingham. Mita is a member of the Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA). She is Chair of the MeCCSA Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Network. Further to this, Mita is a member of European Association of South Asian Studies and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Vron Harris is a filmmaker with over twenty years of experience as a freelance Producer/Director, Director of Photography, Editor and Artist. Vron has worked on a wide range of projects in film, television, documentary and light entertainment, theatre, opera and art. Her current research practice explores the construction of film, the representation of time and how film can evoke a character’s internal state of mind.
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