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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

GY MSc Environmental Monitoring for Management

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc
Programme title Environmental Monitoring for Management
Programme code GYPT42
Length of programme Twelve calendar months full-time, twenty-four calendar months part-time.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Full Time MSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/GYPT42

Part Time MSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/GYPT43

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

The aims of the programme are to enable students to:

  • acquire the necessary skills for measuring, analysing and evaluating environmental data;
  • gain a sound theoretical understanding of environmental processes and systems;
  • enhance their employment opportunities for the consultancy sector and government organisations, and improve their competitiveness for PhD studentships.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Benchmark Statement for Geography.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the range of methods, tools and techniques available to collect and analyse environmental data for practical problem solving;
  • the dynamics of key environmental systems, including lakes, rivers and soils;
  • how environmental data informs management of environmental systems.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • select, execute and evaluate research methodologies in environmental sciences;
  • critically assess the theories and concepts pivotal to understanding environmental dynamics and systems;
  • critically interpret data to make scientifically rigorous arguments;
  • successfully complete an original piece of research on environmental dynamics, dovetailing both theoretical rigor and data analysis (dissertation).
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • understand the merits and limitations of different research methods;
  • deploy a variety of instruments to collect environmental data in the field;
  • conduct a qualitative assessment of environmental systems through observation;
  • use laboratory equipment and techniques to analyse environmental data;
  • use analytical software tools (SPSS, Matlab, ERDAS);
  • evaluate secondary environmental data sources, including web-based material;
  • synthesise research results and, if appropriate, recommend management policy;
  • interpret, write-up and present quantitative and qualitative data.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • work effectively in individual study and in teams;
  • manage time effectively;
  • problem solve and analyse numerical data from a variety of sources;
  • identify, retrieve, sort and exchange relevant information from conventional and on-line sources;
  • cost and plan the resource allocation for a research proposal;
  • evaluate the risks involved in collecting environmental data and develop mitigation strategies to reduce this risk;
  • effectively assimilate and communicate material of a technical nature in written, oral and visual form;
  • use IT (WWW, word-processing, spread sheets, graphics).

4. Programme structure

4.1       (i)         COMPULSORY MODULES            (total modular weight 120)

Semesters 1 & 2                                                                                            

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP037

Professional Practice in Environmental Management

10

Semester 1

GYP021

Tools for River Management

20

GYP023

Lake Monitoring and Management

20

GYP025

Research Design

10

GYP035

Hydroclimatological Monitoring and Modelling

20

Semester 2                                                                                              

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP029

Applied Environmental GIS

10

GYP033

Wind Erosion Measurement and Mitigation

10

GYP034

Evidence-based Environmental Management

10

GYP036

Natural Hazard and Catastrophe Modelling for Environmental Management

10

2.2       (i)         FURTHER COMPULSORY MODULE

Semester 2

for the award of MSc only (total modular weight 60)                                                                                             

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP500

Dissertation in Environmental Monitoring for Management

60

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to obtain the following:

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than GYP500. 

(ii) PGDip – 100 credits from modules other than GYP500 and not less than 40% in further module(s) with a weight of 20. 

(iii) MSc – 160 credits and not less than 40% in further module(s) with a weight of 20.

With the exclusion of module GYP500 (Dissertation), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

Programme Specification

SS MA Media and Cultural Analysis

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MA or PG Diploma or PG Certificate
Programme title Media and Cultural Analysis (SSPT36)
Programme code SSPT36
Length of programme One year
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

MA - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/SSPT36

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

  • To enable students to gain a systematic and critical awareness of current issues and debates in communication media studies and related disciplines.
  • To develop students' skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of media communications and related disciplines.
  • To enable students to interpret evaluate and apply advanced knowledge in the discpline in an innovative way.
  • To prepare students for employment in diverse professional environments through a combination of independent work and industry exposure.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about the relationship between media and modernity.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about the politics of representation.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

K1. The major traditions, theories and frameworks of inquiry relevant to the analysis of media, communications and associated disciplines.

K2. The historical expansion of communications media, the institutionalisation of media systems, various audiences uses of the media, and the implications of new media for cultural life.

K3. The range of relevant research methods employed in the analysis of media and culture.

K4. The major arguments and issues in contemporary debates in the analysis of media and cultural texts and audiences'.

K5. The ways media and communicative forms construct the shared meanings that comprise public cultures and subcultures and of the issues of representation these practices raise.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able, with reference to media communication and culture, to:

C1. Generate research data according to set procedures and methods.

C2. Independently organise, classify and critically evaluate information gathered in the course of their projects and assignments.

C3. Use advanced concepts and theories drawn from media, communications and associated disciplines to analyse relevant empirical evidence.

C4. Discuss their research and the issues it raises reflexively.

C5. Interpret media texts, representations and cultural identities.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

P1. Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and culture, productively employing the insights gained in their own work.

P2. Demonstrate their capacity to develop appropriate research strategies to address the issues they have selected for sustained investigation in self-chosen projects.

P3. Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry.

P4. Discuss historical transformations in media, communication, and culture and wield this understanding in appraising current patterns of development, such as cultural globalisation and media convergence.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

T1. Critically evaluate a range of academic and industry sources.

T2. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

T3. Deploy qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

T4. Plan, organise and manage, with appropriate supervision, a significant self-directed project.

T5. Work flexibly, creatively and independently, displayhing a high degree of self-direction and initiative.

T6. Demonstrate skills and abilities learned in relation to their own continuing professional development.

4. Programme structure

MEDIA AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS (SSPT36):

 

 

COMPULSORY MODULES (Total modular weight 135)

Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP301

Understanding Modern Media

15

1

SSP302

Media & Cultural Industries: Political Economy & Public Policy

15

1

SSP303

The Politics of Representation

15

2

SSP317

Researching Communication 2: Texts and Digital Platforms

15

2

SSP503

Researching Communication 1: Media Users and Cultural Institutions

15

1

SSP353

Key Debates in Media and Cultural Analysis

10

1+2

SSP399

Dissertation in Media and Cultural Analysis

50

1+2

 

OPTIONAL MODULES (combined modular weight 45)

One optional module must come from semester 1 and two must come from semester 2.

Code

  Module title

Modular weight

Semester

SSP304

Introduction to Strategic Communication

15

1

SSP306

Social Media and Political Communication

15

1

SSP307

Data, Power and Democracy

15

2

SSP308

Political Psychology

15

2

SSP316

Media and Cultural Work: Inequality and Discrimination in the Creative Industries

15

2

SSP318

Digital Economies

15

1

SSP319

Digital Cultures

15

2

SSP323

Marketing Politics

15

1

SSP324

Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

15

2

 

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to obtain the following:

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than SSP399.

(ii) PGDip – 100 credits from modules other than SSP399 and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

(iii) MSc – 150 credits and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

With the exclusion of module SSP399 (Dissertation), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

This section relates to undergraduate degrees only.

Programme Specification

SS MA Global Media and Cultural Industries

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MA or PG Diploma or PG Certificate
Programme title Global Media and Cultural Industries (SSPT46)
Programme code SSPT46
Length of programme One year
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

MA - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/SSPT46

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

  • To enable students to gain a systematic and critical awareness of current issues and debates in communication media studies and related disciplines.
  • To develop students' skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of media communications and related disciplines.
  • To enable students to interpret evaluate and apply advanced knowledge in the discpline in an innovative way.
  • To prepare students for employment in diverse professional environment through a combination of independent work and industry exposure.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about digitilisation of media and cultural industries.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about the political economy of media and cultural industries.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

K1. The major traditions, theories and frameworks of inquiry relevant to the analysis of media, communications and associated disciplines.

K2. The historical expansion of communications media, the institutionalisation of media systems, various audiences' uses of the media, and the implications of new media for cultural life.

K3. The range of relevant research methods employed in the analysis of media and culture.

K4. The major arguments and issues in contemporary debates about media and cultural industries.

K5. The development of the global character of media and cultural industries.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able, with reference to media communication and culture, to:

C1. Generate research data according to set procedures and methods.

C2. Independently organise, classify and critically evaluate information gathered in the course of their projects and assignments.

C3. Use advanced concepts and theories drawn from media, communications and associated disciplines to analyse relevant empirical evidence.

C4. Discuss their research and the issues it raises reflexively.

C5. Interpret industry data and policy documents.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

P1. Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and culture, productively employing the insights gained in their own work.

P2. Demonstrate their capacity to develop appropriate research strategies to address the issues they have selected for sustained investigation in self-chosen projects.

P3. Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry.

P4. Discuss historical transformations in media, communication, and culture and wield this understanding in appraising current patterns of development, such as cultural globalisation and media convergence.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

T1. Critically evaluate a range of academic and industry sources.

T2. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

T3. Deploy qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

T4. Plan, organise and manage, with appropriate supervision, a significant self-directed project.

T5. Work flexibly, creatively and independently, displayhing a high degree of self-direction and initiative.

T6. Demonstrate skills and abilities learned in relation to their own continuing professional development.

4. Programme structure

GLOBAL MEDIA AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES (SSPT46):

 

 

COMPULSORY MODULES (Total modular weight 135)

Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP302

Media & Cultural Industries: Political Economy & Public Policy

15

1

SSP301

Understanding Modern Media

15

1

SSP316

Media and Cultural Work: Inequality and Discrimination in the Creative Industries

15

2

SSP317

Researching Communication 2: Texts and Digital Platforms

15

2

SSP503

Researching Communication 1: Media Users and Cultural Institutions

15

1

SSP350

Key Debates in Global Media and Cultural Industries

10

1+2

SSP398

Dissertation in Global Media and Cultural Industries

50

1+2

 

OPTIONAL MODULES (combined modular weight 45)

One optional module must come from semester 1 and two must come from semester 2.

Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP303

  The Politics of Representation

15

2

SSP304

  Introduction to Strategic Communication

15

1

SSP306

  Social Media and Political Communication

15

1

SSP307

  Data, Power and Democracy

15

2

SSP308

  Political Psychology

15

2

SSP318

  Digital Economies

15

1

SSP319

  Digital Cultures

15

2

SSP323

  Marketing Politics

15

1

SSP324

  Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

15

2

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to obtain the following:

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than SSP398.

(ii) PGDip – 100 credits from modules other than SSP398 and not less than 40% in remaining modules.

(iii) MSc – 150 credits and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

With the exclusion of module SSP398(Dissertation), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

This section relates to undergraduate degrees only.

Programme Specification

SS MA Digital Media and Society

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MA or PG Diploma or PG Certificate
Programme title Digital Media and Society (SSPT47)
Programme code SSPT47
Length of programme One year
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

MA - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/SSPT47

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

  • To enable students to gain a systematic and critical awareness of current issues and debates in communication media studies and related disciplines.
  • To develop students' skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of media communications and related disciplines.
  • To enable students to interpret evaluate and apply advanced knowledge in the discpline in an innovative way.
  • To prepare students for employment in diverse professional environment through a combination of independent work and industry exposure.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about digital culture.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about digital economies.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

K1. The major traditions, theories and frameworks of inquiry relevant to the analysis of media, communications and associated disciplines.

K2. The historical expansion of communications media, the institutionalisation of media systems, various audiences' uses of the media, and the implications of new media for cultural life.

K3. The range of relevant research methods employed in the analysis of media and culture.

K4. The major arguments and issues in contemporary debates about the social and cultural impact of digital media.

K9. The relationships and tensions between old and new socio-economic practices and structures in the digital environment.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able, with reference to media communication and culture, to:

C1. Generate research data according to set procedures and methods.

C2. Independently organise, classify and critically evaluate information gathered in the course of their projects and assignments.

C3. Use advanced concepts and theories drawn from media, communications and associated disciplines to analyse relevant empirical evidence.

C4. Discuss their research and the issues it raises reflexively.

C5. Analyse and interpret digital social, cultural and economic practices.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

P1. Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and culture, productively employing the insights gained in their own work.

P2. Demonstrate  their capacity to develop appropriate research strategies to address the issues they have selected for sustained investigation in self-chosen projects.

P3. Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry.

P4. Discuss historical transformations in media, communication, and culture and wield this understanding in appraising current patterns of development, such as cultural globalisation and media convergence.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

T1. Critically evaluate a range of academic and industry sources.

T2. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

T3. Deploy qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

T4. Plan, organise and manage, with appropriate supervision, a significant self-directed project.

T5. Work flexibly, creatively and independently, displayhing a high degree of self-direction and initiative.

T6. Demonstrate skills and abilities learned in relation to their own continuing professional development.

4. Programme structure

DIGITAL MEDIA AND SOCIETY (SSPT47):

 

COMPULSORY MODULES (Total modular weight 135)

Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP301

Understanding Modern Media

15

1

SSP317

Researching Communication 2: Texts and Digital Platforms

15

2

SSP318

Digital Economies

15

1

SSP319

Digital Cultures

15

2

SSP503

Researching Communication 1: Media Users and Cultural Institutions

15

1

SSP351

Key Debates in Digital Media and Society

10

1+2

SSP397

Dissertation in Digital Media and Society

50

1+2

 

 

OPTIONAL MODULES (combined modular weight 45)

One optional module must come from semester 1 and two must come from semester 2.                                                  

     Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP302

Media & Cultural Industries: Political Economy & Public Policy

15

1

SSP303

The Politics of Representation

15

2

SSP304

Introduction to Strategic Communication

15

1

SSP306

Social Media and Political Communication

15

1

SSP307

Data, Power and Democracy

15

2

SSP308

Political Psychology

15

2

SSP316

Media and Cultural Work: Inequality and Discrimination in the Creative Industries

15

2

SSP323

Marketing Politics

15

1

SSP324

Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

15

2

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to obtain the following:

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than SSP397.

(ii) PGDip – 100 credits from modules other than SSP397 and not less than 40% in remaining modules.

(iii) MSc – 150 credits and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

With the exclusion of module SSP397 (Dissertation), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

This section relates to undergraduate degrees only.

Programme Specification

SS MSc Social Sciences Research Programmes

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MSc; (PGCert/PGDiploma Social Science Research available as exit award only)
Programme title MSc Social Science Research (Communication and Media); MSc Social Science Research (Social Policy); MSc Social Science Research (Education); MSc Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies); MSc Social Science Research (Sport and Exercise Science)
Programme code MSc Social Science Research (Communication and Media) (SSPT21/SSPT22); MSc Social Science Research (Social Policy) (SSPT23/SSPT24); MSc Social Science Research (Education) (MAPT21/MAPT22); MSc Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) (BSPTA3/BSPTA4); MSc Social Science Research (Sport and Exercise Science) (PSPT11/PSPT12)
Length of programme 1 year full time; 2 year part time (NB PT students must follow the sequencing of modules for the full time programme)
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

MSc Social Science Research (Communication and Media)

Full Time - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/SSPT21

Part Time - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/SSPT22

MSc Social Science Research (Social Policy) 

Full Time - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/SSPT23

Part Time - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/SSPT24

MSc Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/BSPTA3

MSc Social Science Research (Sport and Exercise Science)

Full Time - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/PSPT11

Part Time - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/PSPT12

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

These programmes are designed to produce graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are well equipped to progress onto being high level researchers in their chosen field of study. 

Students will

  • gain understanding of key epistemological and ontological debates that frame social science research;
  • gain advanced knowledge of the methodologies, processes, designs and practices involved in social science research;
  • acquire in-depth training in the conduct and management of research, from its commencement to its conclusion;
  • explore and reflect on their developing research skills in the context of their areas of research interest and their growth as creative and independent researchers;
  • critically analyse ethical aspects of academic research and gain advanced ability to deal with ethical problems and challenges;
  • be able to apply all of the above in the context associated with their chosen programme. 

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Economic and Social Research Council’s requirements for Doctoral Training Pathways (see http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/call-for-doctoral-training-partnerships-dtps/). 

UK Quality Code for Higher Education, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, April 2012 (Part A: Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards). 

The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ), the QAA, August 2008. 

Master’s Degree Characteristics, QAA, March 2010.

The Higher Education Credit Framework for England, QAA, 2008. 

The Quality Code, Part B: Assuring and Enhancing Academic Ability 

Chapter B1: Programme Design, Development and Approval 

Chapter B3: Learning and Teaching 

Chapter B4: Enabling Student Development and Achievement 

Chapter B6: Assessment of Students

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding of:

K1 ethical issues and problems associated with social science research

K2 the range of research methods and paradigms in use in social science research generally and also in their selected discipline;

K3 the key principles of research design, their applicability in contexts, and the challenges and value of multi-methods research;

K4 the critical application of theory in the development of research choices;

K5 the significance of the choices of particular research philosophies in a variety of disciplines, with special reference to their discipline;

K6 the original application of knowledge together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and inquiry are used to create and interpret new insights in the discipline;

 

For Social Science Research (Communication and Media) only:

K7 students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding ofresearch innovation and development in Communication and Media; 

For Social Science Research (Education) only: 

K8 students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding ofresearch innovation and development in Education; 

For Social Science Research (Social Policy) only: 

K9 students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding ofresearch innovation and development in Social Policy; 

For Social Science Research (Business and Management) only: 

K10 students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding ofresearch innovation and development in Business and Management Studies; 

For Social Science Research (Sport and Exercise Science) only: 

K11 students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding ofresearch innovation and development in Sport and Exercise Sciences.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1 apply diverse qualitative and quantitative research methods;

C2 critically evaluate these research techniques and methods;

C3 effectively plan, design and execute research projects covering a diverse range of research challenges;

C4 make appropriate methodological choices that connect to wider ontological and epistemological debates about knowledge creation;

C5 critically analyse research questions, present reasoned and theoretically informed arguments and new hypotheses concerning academic developments in social science research appropriate to their chosen pathway. 

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1 use a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative research methods in investigating social processes and phenomena;

P2 use appropriate technology to assist in the generation, collation and analysis of research data;

P3 communicate and publish the results of their research, on the basis of the formative and summative feedback delivered through the programme.

P4 analyse the theoretical foundations and research methods used in their research areas.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1 communicate ideas, arguments, research rationales and findings effectively to a range of academic and non-academic audiences;

T2 interact positively with their peers, and a range of academic colleagues, acknowledging challenges in or limitations to their work and thinking;

T3 demonstrate self direction in tackling and solving research problems, act autonomously in pla.nning research tasks

4. Programme structure

C=compulsory

O=optional

Title

Credit

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Comms

and Media)

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Social Policy)

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Education)

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Business Manage/t)

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Sport Exercise)

Responsible

School

Semester 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EUP133 Philosophy of Social Science

20

c

c

c

c

c

SocSci

BSP011 Quantitative Research Methods

20

c

c

c

c

c

SBE

EUP132 Research Design and Practice

20

c

c

c

c

c

SocSci

GYP038 Advanced Methods 1:  Doing research with young people in their socio-spatial contexts

10

o *

o * o * o * o *

SocSci

SSP705 Advanced Methods 4: Applied Conversation Analysis

10

o *

o * o * o * o *

SocSci

Semester 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSP510 Qualitative Research Methods

20

c

c

c

c

c

SSEHS

SSP701 Specialist Research Methods (Research in Communication)

20

c

-

-

-

-

SocSci

SSP702 Specialist Research Methods (Understanding Social Policy)

20

-

c

-

-

-

SocSci

MAP230 Specialist Research Methods (Development of Mathematical Knowledge)

20

-

-

c

-

-

Science

BSP012 Specialist Research Methods (Research in Finance)

20

-

-

-

c #

-

SBE

BSP010 Specialist Research Methods (Business and Management Research)

20

-

-

-

#

-

SBE

PSP509 Specialist Research Methods (Development of Social Scientific Knowledge of Sport and Exercise)

20

-

-

-

-

c

SSEHS

SSP703 Advanced Methods 2: Advanced Content Analysis

10

o *

o *

o *

o *

o *


SocSci

SSP704 Advanced Methods 3: Methodological Advances in Applied Ethnography

10

o *

o *

o *

o *

o *

SocSci

Semester 1&2

             

SSP706 Dissertation in Social Science Research (Communication)

60

c

-

-

-

-

SocSci

SSP707 Dissertation in Social Science Research (Social Policy)

60

-

c

-

-

-

SocSci

MAP330 Dissertation in Social Science Research  (Education)

60

-

-

c

-

-

Science

BSP013 Dissertation in Social Science Research  (Business and Management)

60

-

-

-

c

-

SBE

PSP511 Dissertation in Social Science Research  (Sport and Exercise)

60

-

-

-

-

c

SSEHS

*NB Students will choose two 10 credit optional modules from four Advanced Methods modules listed above. 

#MSc Social Science Research Methods (Business Management) students should choose either the Specialist Research Methods (Finance) module or the Specialist Research Methods (Management) module.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

Each module in the programme will be assessed and credit awarded in accordance with the levels of achievement specified in Regulation XXI.

Candidates who have studied a particular module, completed the relevant assignments according to a timetable agreed with the School and passed in accordance with XXI are eligible for the award of credit in that module. 

In order to be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master, the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but also: 

 

  1. to be eligible for the award of PG Cert in Social Science Research candidates must have, over a period of not more than three years, accumulated minimally 60 credits in the following core modules: Philosophy of Social Science (EUP133), Quantitative Research Methods (BSP011) and Research Design and Practice (EUP132);

  2. to be eligible for the award of PG Dip in Social Science Research candidates must have, over a period of not more than five years:

    • studied the core modules Philosophy of Social Science (EUP133), Quantitative Research Methods (BSP011), Research Design and Practice (EUP132) and Qualitative Research Methods (PSP510), two 10 credit advanced training modules and the subject specific module relevant to their programme pathway AND

    • accumulated minimally 100 credits, excluding the 60 credit major project, and module marks of not less than 40% in further modules with a weight of 20.

  3. to be eligible for the award of MSc in Social Science Research (Pathway) candidates must have, over a period of not more than eight years:

    • studied the core modules Philosophy of Social Science (EUP133), Quantitative Research Methods (BSP011), Research Design and Practice (EUP132) and Qualitative Research Methods (PSP510), two 10 credit advanced training modules, the subject specific module relevant to their programme pathway and dissertation AND

    • accumulated minimally 150 credits and module marks of not less than 40% in further modules with a weight of 30 are eligible for the award of MSc in Social Science Research (Pathway) where the Pathway is Communication and Media, Education, Business and Management, Social Policy or Sports and Exercise Science.

 

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

Not applicable

Programme Specification

SS MA Social Media and Political Communication

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MA
Programme title Social Media and Political Communication
Programme code SSPT53
Length of programme One year full-time
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

MA - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/SSPT53

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

To enable students to gain a systematic knowledge of research and practice at the nexus of social media, political influence, and political power.

To develop students' skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of media communications and related disciplines.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

QAA Subject Benchmark Statement: Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies: Draft for consultation, April 2016: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/SBS-Communication-Media-Film-and-Cultural-Studies-consultation-16.pdf

SEEC Credit Level Descriptors for Higher Education 2016: http://www.seec.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/SEEC-descriptors-2016.pdf

UK QAA Quality Code for Higher Education, 2014, Part A: Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/quality-code-part-a

Loughborough University Academic Quality Procedures Handbook: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/registry/pqtp/aqphandbook/

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to demonstrate: 

K1. Systematic understanding of knowledge at the forefront of scholarship in the relationships between social media and political communication.

K2. Comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to students’ own research and scholarship on social media and political communication

K3. Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the field of social media and political communication.

K4. Conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the field of social media and political communication and to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

K5. The ability to critically synthesise material from a range of sources, including primary sources.

K6. The ability to critically examine the links between theories, evidence and explanation in political communication research.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

C1. Use ideas at a high level of abstraction, develop critical responses to existing theoretical discourses, methodologies or practices and suggest new concepts or approaches in the field of social media and political communication.

C2. Design and undertake substantial investigations to address significant areas of theory and/or practice in the field of social media and political communication and select appropriate advanced methodological approaches and critically evaluate their effectiveness.

C3. Flexibly and creatively apply knowledge in unfamiliar contexts, synthesise ideas or information in innovative ways and generate transformative solutions in the field of social media and political communication.

C4. Undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory evidence/data and judge the appropriateness of the enquiry methodologies used in the field of social media and political communication.

C5. Interpret industry data and policy documents.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

P1. Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms, productively employ insights in the form of essays, case studies, reports, and/or student research blogs containing text, images, infographics, and video.

P2. Work effectively in teams to mind map the main themes of topic areas in social media and political communication.

P3. Present effectively in class the results of analysis, using presentation software.

P4. Work effectively as a member of a team on social media data analysis and/or designing a simulated online campaign.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

T1. Critically evaluate a range of academic and public communication sector case studies and sources and apply these evaluative skills as if working as a professional in the public communication sector.

T2. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences in the public communication sector.

T3. Effectively design online campaigns as if working in the public communication sector.

T4. Plan, organise and manage, with appropriate supervision, a significant self-directed project.

T5. Work flexibly, creatively and independently, displaying a high degree of self-direction and initiative.

T6. Use skills and abilities expected of a professional in the public communication sector.

4. Programme structure

SOCIAL MEDIA AND POLITICAL COMMUNICATION SSPT53

 

 

COMPULSORY MODULES (Total modular weight 135)

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP306

Social Media and Political Communication

15

1

SSP307

Data, Power, and Democracy

15

2

SSP323

Marketing Politics

15

1

SSP352

Key Debates in Social Media and Political Communication

10

1+2

SSP503

Researching Communication 1: Media Users and Cultural Institutions

15

1

SSP317

Researching Communication 2: Texts and Digital Platforms

15

2

SSP396

SSP396 Dissertation in Social Media and Political Communication

50

1+2

 

OPTIONAL MODULES (combined modular weight 45)

One optional module must come from semester 1 and two must come from semester 2.

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP308

Political Psychology

15

2

SSP318

Digital Economies

15

1

SSP302

Media and Cultural Industries: Political Economy and Public Policy

15

1

SSP319

Digital Cultures

15

2

SSP303

The Politics of Representation

15

2

SSP316

Media and Cultural Work: Inequality and Discrimination in the Creative Industries

15

2

SSP304

Introduction to Strategic Communication

15

1

SSP301

Understanding Modern Media

15

1

SSP324

Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

15

2

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to accumulate the following: 

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than SSP396 Dissertation. 

(ii) PGDip – 100 credits from modules other than SSP396 Dissertation and not less than 40% in the remaining modules. 

(iii) MA – 150 credits and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

This section relates to undergraduate degrees only.

Programme Specification

GY MA Childhood, Youth and Social Policy

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MA
Programme title Childhood, Youth and Social Policy
Programme code GYPT48(FT)/GYPT49(PT)
Length of programme 1 year full-time; Typically 2 years part-time
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria
Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

  • To enable students to gain a rich understanding of children and young people’s lives across the globe and related social policy debates 
  • To develop students’ ability to critically analyse current advanced research on children, young people and families with reference to relevant theories and concepts in human geography and the social sciences 
  • To advance students’ skills in a comprehensive range of research methods, including those relevant to the investigation of children and young people’s lives 
  • To enhance students’ employability in diverse professional environments and/or increase their competitiveness for PhD studentships

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • UK Quality Code for Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Part A: Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards, especially: 
    • The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies, QAA, October 2014
    • Master’s Degree Characteristics Statement, QAA, September 2015
    • Higher Education Credit Framework for England, QAA, August 2008 
  • UK Quality Code for Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Part B: Assuring and Enhancing Academic Quality, especially:
    • Chapter B1: Programme Design, Development and Approval
    • Chapter B3: Learning and Teaching
    • Chapter B4: Enabling Student Development and Achievement
    • Chapter B6: Assessment of Students and the Recognition of Prior Learning 
  • Subject Benchmark Statement for Geography, QAA, December 2014
  • Subject Benchmark Statement for Social Policy, QAA, February 2016

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of…

K1        The key concepts and theorisations of childhood and youth across the social sciences

K2        The diverse spaces of children, young people and families’ everyday lives in the Global North and Global South

K3        The range of research methods available to collect and analyse data on children and young people’s lives, especially those attentive to young people’s ‘voice’

K4        The role of social policy and social policy research in shaping wider policy processes and professional practice

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

C1        Critically evaluate key concepts and theorisations of childhood and youth. 

C2        Critically examine the contested socio-spatial relationships that shape children, young people and families’ everyday lives across the globe, and examine inequalities in the lives of children, young people and families

C3        Assess the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative methods in researching themes related to childhood, youth and/or families 

C4        Critically reflect on their independent research and its implications for wider social policy

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

P1        Formulate research questions and implement strategies to conduct an independent research project 

P2        Use appropriate methods for the collection and analysis of data.

P3        Apply relevant concepts and theories in the interpretation of empirical evidence 

P4        Observe appropriate risk assessment and ethical guidelines involved in undertaking independent research projects, including considerations of research related to themes of childhood, youth and/or families 

P5        Employ an awareness of the diverse strategies for communicating research findings to academic and non-academic audiences

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

T1        Critically evaluate information and data from a wide range of sources 

T2        Communicate clearly and effectively in written and oral form. 

T3        Manage personal learning efficiently and effectively. 

T4        Design and conduct original independent research. 

T5        Develop quantitative and qualitative research skills. 

T6        Demonstrate collaborative working and leadership skills.

4. Programme structure

FULL TIME (1 year programme)

4.1       Semester 1

COMPULSORY MODULES

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP014

Geographies of Children, Youth and Families

30

SSP708

Children, Young People and Social Policy

30

GYP038

Doing research with young people in their socio-spatial contexts

10

  4.2      Semester 2 

COMPULSORY MODULES

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP001

Research Design and Practice

30

SSP702

Understanding Social Policy Research

20

4.3          Semester 3 (Summer)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP700

Dissertation in Childhood, Youth and Social Policy

60

 

PART TIME (2 year programme – 90 credits per year) 

Year One

4.4       Semester 1

COMPULSORY MODULES

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP014

Geographies of Children, Youth and Families

30

GYP038

Doing research with young people in their socio-spatial contexts

10

  4.5       Semester 2 

COMPULSORY MODULES

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP001

Research Design and Practice

30

SSP702

Understanding Social Policy Research

20

Year Two

4.6     Semester 1

COMPULSORY MODULE

Code

Title

Modular Weight

SSP708

Children, Young People and Social Policy

30

4.7      Semester 2 

COMPULSORY MODULE 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP700

Dissertation in Childhood, Youth and Social Policy

60

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI. 

With the exclusion of module GYP700 (Dissertation in Childhood, Youth and Social Policy), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University’s Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

N/A

Programme Specification

GY MSc International Financial and Political Relations (2019 entry)

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award
Programme title International Financial and Political Relations
Programme code GYPT39
Length of programme 1 year full-time
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

MSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/GYPT39

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  • develop an integrated advanced interdisciplinary knowledge of theories and issues in financial and political development, beyond bachelor degree level;
  • introduce applications of theory, beyond bachelor degree level;
  • give students general training that is vocationally relevant to employment in government, commerce and industry;
  • equip students with appropriate tools of analysis that will allow them to undertake applied research for their employers in the areas of financial and political development.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the functions and operations of institutions, financial markets and systems, with reference to central and commercial banks and other financial intermediaries, and the significance of financial institutions and markets in international financial and political development;
  • the core principals of economic geography, with reference to financial globalization, the regional agglomeration of financial services and the significance of trends in globalization for international financial and political development;
  • the core principals of politics and international relations, with reference to political communication, international institutions and the governance of the world economy, and the significance of trends in international relations for international financial and political development;
  • independent applied research in the core disciplines of the degree, using basic research tools and quantitative methods appropriate to the conduct of independent research.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • analyse theoretical and practical problems in banking and the operation of financial markets, the development of financial markets in a global economy, international relations and the governance of the global economy, by using the appropriate theories and research methods;
  • analyse the impact of developments in banking, financial globalization, international political relations on international financial and political development;
  • synthesise important issues and themes from the professional and academic literature in the disciplines of the degree;
  • use the professional and academic literature of the disciplines of the degree to formulate questions suitable for research;
  • critically analyse professional and academic research papers in the disciplines of the degree.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • present word-processed written reports using structure, paragraphing and citation, appropriate to professional and academic standards in the disciplines of the degree;
  • collect and analyse statistical and qualitative data, interpret such data, and carry out statistical hypothesis testing and other research analysis, appropriate to the professional and academic standards in the disciplines of the degree.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • apply skills in analysis (including statistical analysis) and problem formulation to areas of general debate other than the disciplines of the degree;
  • use skills in synthesis to formulate key issues in areas of general debate other than the disciplines of the degree.

More generally, students should have further developed skills in:

  • numeracy;
  • logical thinking and problem solving;
  • use of information technology (retrieval of data, web-based information searching, handling of data in computer files, basic word-processing and spreadsheet methods);
  • written and oral communication;
  • time management and decision-making;
  • independent study;
  • group study.

4. Programme structure

4.1       Semester 1

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES              (total modular weight 60)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP002

Financial Globalization

15

EUP606

International Politics: Issues and Policies

15

GYP005

Globalization: Key Debates and Issues

30

4.2 Semester 2

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES              (total modular weight 75)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUP303

Comparative Foreign Policy: Issues and Cases

15

EUP321

Governing Crises 15

GYP001

Research Design and Practice

30

GYP009

Critical Perspectives on the Global Financial System

15

 

(ii)       FURTHER COMPULSORY MODULE

Semester 2

for the award of MSc only                   (total modular weight 45)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP600

Dissertation in International Financial and Political Relations

45

The subject of the dissertation will be come from one of the three disciplines of the degree.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to obtain the following:

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than the dissertation.

(ii) PGDip – 105 credits from modules other than the dissertation and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

(iii) MSc – 150 credits and not less than 40% in the remaining module(s).

With the exclusion of module GYP600 (Dissertation), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

Programme Specification

GY MSc Globalization and Cities (2019 entry)

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc
Programme title Globalization and Cities
Programme code GYPT35
Length of programme 1 year full-time
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

MSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/GYPT35

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

  • To enable students to gain a systematic understanding of contemporary processes of globalization and urbanization and their mutual relations. 
  • To foster students’ ability to critically analyse current advanced research on globalization and cities with reference to relevant theories and concepts. 
  • To develop students’ skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods relevant to the investigation of globalized urbanization. 
  • To prepare students for employment in diverse professional environments through cultivating initiative, decision-making and independent learning.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • UK Quality Code for Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Part A: Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards, especially:
    • The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies, QAA, October 2014
    • Master’s Degree Characteristics Statement, QAA, September 2015
    • Higher Education Credit Framework for England, QAA, August 2008
  • UK Quality Code for Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Part B: Assuring and Enhancing Academic Quality, especially:
    • Chapter B1: Programme Design, Development and Approval
    • Chapter B3: Learning and Teaching
    • Chapter B4: Enabling Student Development and Achievement
    • Chapter B6: Assessment of Students and the Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Subject Benchmark Statement for Geography, QAA, December 2014

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

K1 The key conceptualizations of globalization as both an increase in global interdependencies and as a contested political and economic project.

K2 The uneven and multi-scalar geographies produced by globalization.

K3 The major arguments and issues in contemporary debates about globalized urbanization, including changing theorizations of ‘the city’ and ‘the urban’.

K4 The wide range of research methods employed in the study of globalization and cities.

K5 The ways in which study of a complementary subject deepens the understanding of contemporary processes of globalization.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1 Assess different conceptualizations of globalization and appreciate their contested nature.

C2 Identify, synthesize and critically evaluate key debates and theories on globalization and cities.

C3 Understand the merits and limitations of quantitative and qualitative data in researching globalized urbanization.

C4 Discuss their independent research and the issues it raises reflexively.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1 Formulate research questions and implement strategies to conduct an independent research project.

P2 Use appropriate methods for the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.

P3 Apply relevant concepts and theories in the interpretation of empirical evidence.

P4 Observe appropriate risk assessment strategies and recognize ethical issues involved in undertaking an independent research project.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1 Critically evaluate information and data from a wide range of sources.

T2 Communicate clearly and effectively in written form.

T3 Design and conduct original independent research.

T4 Manage their own self-directed learning.

4. Programme structure

4.1       Semesters 1 & 2 

COMPULSORY MODULE 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP012

Cities in Globalization

30

 

4.2       Semester 1 

COMPULSORY MODULES 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP005

Globalization: Key Debates and Issues

30

GYP002

Financial Globalization

15

 

 4.3       Semester 2 

(i)            COMPULSORY MODULE 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP001

Research Design and Practice

30

 

(ii)           OPTIONAL MODULE 

Candidates must choose one optional module. 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUP702

Urban Warfare 15

GYP009

Critical Perspectives on the Global Financial System 15

 

(iii)          FURTHER COMPULSORY MODULE 

Semester 2 

For the award of MSc only. 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYP400

Dissertation in Globalization and Cities

60

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to obtain the following: 

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than the dissertation. 

(ii) PGDip – 105 credits from modules other than the dissertation and not less than 40% in the remaining modules. 

(iii) MSc – 150 credits and not less than 40% in the remaining module(s). 

With the exclusion of module GYP400 (Dissertation), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University’s Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

N/A

Programme Specification

EU MA Security

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MA
Programme title Security
Programme code EUPT44(FT)/EUPT45(PT)
Length of programme 1 year full-time; Typically 2 years part-time
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria
Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

This programme will enable students to develop an understanding of national and international contemporary security challenges, and of the theoretical and practical frameworks which inform decision-making over conflict resolution and contemporary crises.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

UK Quality Code for Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Part A: Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards

Part B: Assuring and Enhancing Academic Quality 

QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Politics and International Relations, February 2015

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

K1   demonstrate a comprehensive and systematic understanding of knowledge at the forefront of scholarship in the field of Security;

K2   articulate a critical understanding of contrasting security challenges in the Global North and Global South;

K3   recognise and evaluate rising threats in the international arena;

K4  identify potential solutions and resolutions to conflict;

K5   understand the ethical frameworks which should govern the behaviour of states as laid out in international laws and norms.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1  critically evaluate and synthesise key concepts, theories and frameworks relating to Security;

C2   flexibly and creatively apply knowledge in unfamiliar contexts and generate transformative solutions in the field of Security;

C3   critically evaluate alternative sources of evidence relating to contemporary conflict;

C4  differentiate between methodologies relating to War Studies and Peace Studies;

C5   respect and be sensitive to different perspectives on political violence, including political stance, gender and ethnic diversity, and human rights.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1  engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the field of Security, productively employing the insights gained in their own work;

P2  design and undertake a substantial independent investigation relating to Security using appropriate methods for the collection and analysis of data;

P3  apply the knowledge gained to produce documents relevant to public policy;

P4   observe appropriate risk assessments and ethical guidelines involved in undertaking an independent research project.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1   communicate clearly and effectively in written and oral form to specialist and non-specialist audiences

T2   plan, organise and manage, with appropriate supervision, a significant self-directed project

T3   critically evaluate information and data from a wide range of sources

T4   negotiate different viewpoints and facilitate debate and cooperation within a group discussion

T5   apply skills and abilities learned in relation to their own continuing professional development.

4. Programme structure

FULL TIME (1 year programme)

Semester 1 

COMPULSORY MODULES 

Code

Title

Modular weight

EUP700

Security, Conflict & Defence in Global Politics

30

EUP703

Research Design and Practice (15-credit)

15

EUP606

International Politics: issues and policies

15

Semester 2 

COMPULSORY MODULES 

Code

Title

Modular weight

EUP701

Ethical Dilemmas and Security in the 21st Century

15

EUP321

Governing Crises

15

EUP705

Security in the Developing World

15

EUP702

Urban Warfare

15

Semester 2/Summer 

COMPULSORY MODULES 

Code

Title

Modular weight

EUP704

Dissertation in Security

60

  

PART TIME (2 year programme – 90 credits per year) 

Year One 

Semester 1 

COMPULSORY MODULES 

Code

Title

Modular weight

EUP700

Security, Conflict & Defence in Global Politics

30

EUP606

International Politics: issues and policies

15

Semester 2 

COMPULSORY MODULES 

Code

Title

Modular weight

EUP701

Ethical Dilemmas and Security in the 21st Century

15

EUP321

Governing Crises

15

EUP705

Security in the Developing World

15

 

Year Two

Semester 1

COMPULSORY MODULES 

Code

Title

Modular weight

EUP703

Research Design and Practice (15-credit)

15

Semester 2 

COMPULSORY MODULES 

Code

Title

Modular weight

EUP702

Urban Warfare

15

Semester 1, 2 and 3/Summer 

COMPULSORY MODULES 

Code

Title

Modular weight

EUPXXX

Dissertation in Security (part-time)

60

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI. 

With the exclusion of modules EUP704/EUPXXX (Dissertation in Security), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University’s Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

N/A

Programme Specification

SS MA Strategic Communication

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MA
Programme title Strategic Communication
Programme code SSPT54 (FT)
Length of programme 1 year full-time
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

MA - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/SSPT54

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

  • To enable students to gain a systematic and critical awareness of current issues and debates in strategic communication and related disciplines; 
  • To develop students’ skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of strategic communication and related disciplines; 
  • To enable students to interpret, evaluate and apply advanced knowledge in the discipline in an innovative way; 
  • To prepare students for employment in diverse professional environments through a combination of independent work and industry exposure; 
  • To foster students’ ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about strategic communication in relation to a range of corporate and non-corporate organisations; 
  • To foster students’ ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about communication strategies in relation to particular places and controversial issues.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • UK Quality Code for Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Part A: Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards, especially: 
    • The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies, QAA, October 2014
    • Master’s Degree Characteristics Statement, QAA, September 2015
    • Higher Education Credit Framework for England, QAA, August 2008 
  • UK Quality Code for Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Part B: Assuring and Enhancing Academic Quality
  • Subject Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies, QAA, October 2016

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of:

K1        The major traditions, theories and frameworks of inquiry relevant to the analysis of strategic communication and associated disciplines;

K2        The historical expansion of communication media, the institutionalisation of media systems, various audiences’ use of the media, and the implications of digital media for socio-economic and cultural life;

K3        The range of relevant research methods employed in the analysis of media, communication and culture;

K4        The major arguments and issues in contemporary debates about the strategic use of communication by a range of social, economic and political actors;

K5        The relationships and tensions between old and new socio-economic practices and structures in the global, digital environment.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

C1        Independently organise, classify and critically evaluate information gathered in the course of their projects and assignments; 

C2        Use advanced concepts and theories drawn from the field of strategic communication and related disciplines to analyse relevant empirical evidence; 

C3        Critically reflect upon their research and the issues that it raises, drawing on insights from the field of strategic communication and related disciplines; 

C4        Analyse and interpret communication practices by actors and organisations in and across a range of socio-economic and cultural environments.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

P1        Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the field of strategic communication and related disciplines, productively employing the insights gained in their own work; 

P2        Demonstrate their capacity to develop appropriate research strategies to address the issues they have selected for sustained investigation in self-chosen projects; 

P3        Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry;

P4        Generate research data according to set procedures and methods within the discipline of media, communication and cultural studies.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1        Critically evaluate a range of academic and industry sources; 

T2        Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences, both working independently and as part of a group; 

T3        Employ qualitative and quantitative research techniques; 

T4        Plan, organise and manage, with appropriate supervision, a significant self-directed project; 

T5        Work flexibly, creatively and independently, displaying a high degree of self-direction and initiative; 

T6        Demonstrate skills and abilities learned in relation to their own continuing professional development.

4. Programme structure

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION (SSPT54):

 

COMPULSORY MODULES (Total modular weight 120)

Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP301

Understanding Modern Media

15

1

SSP304

Introduction to Strategic Communication

15

1

SSP317

Researching Communication 2: Texts and Digital Platforms

15

2

SSP503

Researching Communication 1: Media Users and Cultural Institutions

15

1

SSP354

Key Debates in Strategic Communication

10

1+2

SSP394

Dissertation in Strategic Communication

50

1+2

 

MA students must also attend SSA306, a media landscapes module. 

 

OPTIONAL MODULES (combined modular weight 60)

One optional module must come from semester 1 and three must come from semester 2.                                                  

     Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP302

Media & Cultural Industries: Political Economy & Public Policy

15

1

SSP303

The Politics of Representation

15

2

SSP306

Social Media and Political Communication

15

1

SSP307

Data, Power and Democracy

15

2

SSP308

Political Psychology

15

2

SSP316

Media and Cultural Work: Inequality and Discrimination in the Creative Industries

15

2

SSP318

Digital Economies

15

1

SSP319

Digital Cultures

15

2

SSP323

Marketing Politics

15

1

SSP324

Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

15

2


 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to obtain the following:

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than SSP394.

(ii) PGDip – 100 credits from modules other than SSP394 and not less than 40% in remaining modules.

(iii) MSc – 150 credits and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

With the exclusion of module SSP394 (Dissertation), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

This section relates to UG degrees only.

Programme Specification

SS MA Global Political Communication pre 2019

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Reg. XXI (Postgraduate Awards) (see University Regulations)
  • Module Specifications
  • The teaching, learning and assessment strategies used at Loughborough (available soon)
  • What makes Loughborough University programmes and its graduates distinctive (available soon)
  • Summary
  • Programme aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Programme structure
  • Progression and weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MA or PG Diploma or PG Certificate
Programme title Global Political Communication (SSPT50)
Programme code SSPT50
Length of programme One year
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

MA - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/SSPT50

Date at which the programme specification was published

1. Programme Aims

  • To enable students to gain a systematic and critical awareness of current issues and debates in communication media studies and related disciplines.
  • To develop students' skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of media communications and related disciplines.
  • To enable students to interpret evaluate and apply advanced knowledge in the discipline in an innovative way.
  • To prepare students for employment in diverse professional environments through a combination of independent work and industry exposure.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about the production, dissemination and reception of political communication in a global context.
  • To foster students' ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about political marketing.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

K1. The major traditions, theories and frameworks of inquiry relevant to the analysis of media, communications and associated disciplines.

K2. The historical expansion of communications media, the institutionalisation of media systems, various audiences' uses of the media, and the implications of new media for cultural life.

K3. The range of relevant research methods employed in the analysis of media and culture.

K4. N/A to this programme.

K5. N/A to this programme.

K6. N/A to this programme.

K7. N/A to this programme.

K8. N/A to this programme.

K9. N/A to this programme.

K10. The major arguments and issues in contemporary debates about political communication in local, national and global contexts.

K11. The development of new forms of political communication and the transformation of traditional forms of political communication.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able, with reference to media communication and culture, to:

C1. Generate research data according to set procedures and methods.

C2. Independently organise, classify and critically evaluate information gathered in the course of their projects and assignments.

C3. Use advanced concepts and theories drawn from media, communications and associated disciplines to analyse relevant empirical evidence.

C4. Discuss their research and the issues it raises reflexively.

C5. N/A to this programme.

C6. N/A to this programme.

C7. N/A to this programme.

C8. Analyse and interpret political/media texts, representations and processes.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

P1. Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and culture, productively employing the insights gained in their own work.

P2. Demonstrate their capacity to develop appropriate research strategies to address the issues they have selected for sustained investigation in self-chosen projects.

P3. Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry.

P4. Discuss historical transformations in media, communication, and culture and wield this understanding in appraising current patterns of development, such as cultural globalisation and media convergence.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

T1. Critically evaluate a range of academic and industry sources.

T2. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

T3. Deploy qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

T4. Plan, organise and manage, with appropriate supervision, a significant self-directed project.

T5. Work flexibly, creatively and independently, displayhing a high degree of self-direction and initiative.

T6. Demonstrate skills and abilities learned in relation to their own continuing professional development.

4. Programme structure

GLOBAL POLITICAL COMMUNICATION (SSPT50):

 

 

COMPULSORY MODULES (Total modular weight 135)

Code

  Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP301

Understanding Modern Media

15

1

SSP314

Global Communications

15

2

SSP317

Researching Communication 2: Texts and   Digital Platforms

15

2

SSP323

Marketing Politics

15

1

SSP503

Researching Communication 1: Media Users and Cultural Institutions

15

1

SSP352

Key Debates in Global Political Communications

10

1+2

SSP396

 

Dissertation in Global Political Communication

50

1+2

 

MA students must also attend SSA306, a Media Landscapes module.

 

 

OPTIONAL MODULES (combined modular weight of 45)

One optional module must come from semester 1 and two must come from semester 2.                                                  

     Code

  Module title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP302

 Media & Cultural Industries

15

1

SSP303

 Politics of Representation

15

2

SSP316

 Media and Cultural Work

15

2

SSP318

 Digital Economies

15

1

SSP319

 Digital Cultures

15

2

SSP324

 Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

15

2

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but are also required to obtain the following:

(i) PGCert – 60 credits from modules other than SSP396.

(ii) PGDip – 100 credits from modules other than SSP396 and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

(iii) MSc – 150 credits and not less than 40% in the remaining modules.

With the exclusion of module SSP396 (Dissertation), provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment to undergo re-assessment in the University's Special Assessment Period (SAP).

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the purposes of Final Degree Classification

This section relates to undergraduate degrees only.

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