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Media Management MA

Learn about the course below
September 2024
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£11,000 (UK) *
£17,300 (INT) *
Course leader
Dr Adam Dalton

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.

Why study MA Media Management at Middlesex University?

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.

Course highlights

  • Take advantage of our London location with many production, film and social media companies right on your doorstep as well as being taught by lecturers who are involved in the industry
  • Learn from an established network of guest lecturers from a range of different industries. Previous lectures and visits included Ofcom, Amazon Studios, Facebook and smaller start ups and production companies
  • Gain from the inclusion of data fusion skills such as digital marketing and audience analytics
  • Work opportunities are accessible through industry links with media and creative organisations embedded within the curriculum, field trips and industry visits
  • Our MDXworks employment hub will connect you with an Employability Adviser who will work with you to develop a tailored programme of employability support for you including 1:1 advice and guidance
  • Get free access to the resources, learning materials and software.

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What will you study on the MA Media Management?

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.

What will you gain?

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.

  • Modules

    • Media Management in Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Project Management and Research Skills (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Choosing to do a postgraduate degree means that you will be interested and engaged in gaining research skills that enable you to embark on a process of knowledge-making, self-discovery and self-motivation. Through hands-on assignments, you will gain project management skills beneficial for your future career, such as defining, planning and costing projects, which consequently will inform the development of the final major project proposal.

    • Audience Engagement and Data Analytics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module addresses the reconfigured relationship between media and creative industries and their audiences. Key challenges and issues will be evaluated in the context of big data, small data, AI, and the ‘affective turn’ in audience research approaches. This will equip you with an understanding of media engagement and consumption, the changing role of audiences, participatory cultures, and ways of exploring audiences through digital methods.

    • Digital Marketing for the Creative Industries (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to explore digital marketing looking at the challenges and opportunities the new technologies and concepts such as social media, search engines, mobile advertising and user generated content bring to creative industries at international level. You'll be equipped with knowledge and practical skills in the virtual market place and be prepared to manage and apply new digital marketing models, social media and branding strategies.

    • Major Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      During this module, you'll develop a research-based, practically-oriented final project and demonstrate critical and independent thinking. This should draw on topics covered during the MA, addressing the specificities, challenges, innovations and opportunities within media management and the creative industries more broadly, and explore more forensically a subject identified as key to career development.

Optional modules are not offered on this course.

For more details on this course, please download the Media Management MA specification (PDF).

We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt in recent years by enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning. Please regularly check this section of the course page for updates.

How is the MA Media Management degree taught?

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:

  • Presentations
  • Industry reports
  • Pre-recorded video talks
  • Essays
  • Reflective writing
  • Individual projects that require research
  • Practical group and individual assessments
  • Formative assessments, individual and group presentation and audiovisual work (posters, data visualisations).


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.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MA Media Management support your career?

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:

  • Media Manager
  • Media industry consultant
  • Digital strategist
  • Media project planner
  • Social media manager
  • Digital marketing manager
  • Editor
  • Social media analyst
  • Content strategist
  • Creative team leader.

Dr Adam Dalton
Programme leader

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.

Mr Paul Kerr
Senior Lecturer in Television Production

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.

Dr Mita Lad
Lecturer in Digital Media

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.

Ms Vron Harris
Lecturer in Film Production

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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    MA Media Management student

    We had a speaker from the gaming industry come and talk to us. We learnt first-hand about the project management tools he uses in his job!

  • Middlesex staff profile


    UK culture, study and work student

    In the UK everyone is approachable and learning feels like a team effort, whereas in my country I was used to a more autocratic teacher who was unquestionable! We had a speaker from the gaming industry come and talk to us. We learnt first-hand about the project management tools he uses in his job!

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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