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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MA Global Communication and Development (January 2021 Intake)

Academic Year: 2020/21

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:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Loughborough University in London
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MA
Programme title Global Communication and Development
Programme code LLPT66/LLPT67
Length of programme Full-time: one year; Part-time: typically 2yrs but up to 4 years
UCAS code N/a
Admissions criteria

MA Full time: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/LLPT66

MA Part time: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/LLPT67

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 25 Jun 2020 17:14:05 BST

1. Programme Aims

  •  To enable students to gain a systematic and critical understanding of communications and development in a changing global context
  • To foster students’ ability to critically analyse current research and advanced scholarship about globalisation, communications and development with a particular focus on the Global South
  • To develop students’ skills and competencies in a comprehensive range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of communication practices as well as development policies in different socio- technical contexts.
  • To enable students to interpret, evaluate and apply advanced knowledge of communications and development in an innovative way
  • To prepare students for employment in diverse professional environments through a combination of independent work and industry exposure.

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

  •  UK Quality Code for Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, April 2012, especially Part A: Setting and maintaining academic standards:

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

◦   Master’s Degree Characteristics, the QAA, March 2010

◦   The Higher Education Credit Framework for England, the QAA, August 2008

  • The Quality Code, Part B: Assuring and enhancing academic quality

◦   Chapter B1: Programme Design, Development and Approval

◦  Chapter B3: Learning and Teaching

◦  Chapter B4: Enabling student development and  achievement

◦  Chapter B6: Assessment of students

  • Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies, the QAA,  2008

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to explain in a systematic, comprehensive and  critical way:

K1.       The major traditions, theories and frameworks of inquiry relevant to the analysis of global communications and development

K2.       The major arguments and issues in contemporary debates about the social, economic, political and historical character of global communications and development 

K3.       The global development and operation of communication infrastructures, tools, and media  practices 

K4.       The major arguments and issues in contemporary debates about the impact of the digital  age and information capitalism on the Global South 

K5.       The historical expansion of communications infrastructure, media systems and  practices, and the implications of technological developments for socio-political development 

K6.       The range of relevant research methods employed in the analysis of communications and development in global context 

K7        The ways in which study of a complementary subject deepens knowledge of the influence and operation of communications and cultural policy. 

K8.       The common and specific problems of communications that emerge within the less privileged places of global capitalism.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

C1.       Appraise the work of major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of globalisation, communications, culture, socio-technical change and   development; 

C2.       Design and carry out appropriate research strategies to address the issues they   have selected  for sustained investigation in self-chosen projects; 

C3.       Cricially evaluate new and emerging trends in the fields of communication and development to interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry; 

C4.       Discuss and evaluate historical transformations in global communications and their social, political, economic and cultural contexts and wield this understanding in analysing historical and structural patterns of socio-technical and political change; 

C5.       Critique research findings and the issues it raises reflexively.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able, with reference to globalisation, communications, media culture, to: 

P1.      Generate data using qualitative and / or quantitative techniques for the purpose of gaining further understanding of a topic according to appropriate methods; 

P2.      Independently organise, classify and critically evaluate information gathered in the course of their projects and assignments; 

P3.      Apply advanced concepts and theorises drawn from politics and communications studies  and associated disciplines to empirical evidence relevant to communication and development studies; 

P4.      Locate and interpret industry practices, data and policy  documents

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;

T3.       Analyse and use qualitative and quantitative research data;

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.

4. Programme structure

Semester 1, 2020/21 (January 2021)



Modular Weight




Semester 2, 2020/21 (February to June 2021)

Compulsory Modules (30 credits)



Modular Weight


Collaborative Project



Researching Media Industries


Optional Modules (students should select 30 credits)



Modular Weight


Global Cities, Media and Communication



Media Audiences and Users



Contemporary Issues in Heritage Industries



International Marketing



Media and Social Movements



Design Thinking



Sport Marketing



The BRICS and the Changing World Order


Semester 3, 2020/21 (June to September 2021)

Compulsory Module (60 credits)



Modular Weight




Semester 1, 2021/22 (October 2021 to January 2022)

Compulsory Modules (30 credits)



Modular Weight


Critical Studies in Globalisation, Media and Social Change



Critical Studies of the Global South


 Optional Modules (students should select 30 credits)



Modular Weight


Meaning Making in Design



Gender and Labour in Media and Creative Industries



Social Identities and Media



International Negotiations


5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

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

All modules available in the Special Assessment Period (SAP) unless specified in the Module Specification.

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

Not Applicable

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