Mode of Attendance: Online learning
This unique interdisciplinary programme offers critical grounded knowledge of global media and digital cultures in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with a focus on the dynamics between media and politics and diplomacy, media and social/political change, media and development, media and conflict, media and representation and media and identities. The degree prepares students for jobs in the media and communication sectors, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, UN bodies and international organisations.
Taught by leading scholars and drawing on SOAS expertise in the Global South, the programme provides students with a non-Eurocentric approach to addressing some of the key debates in contemporary lives – populism, hate speech, fake news, access and representation, inequalities (with a specific focus on gender and minorities) and transnational communities and diasporas. The course will expose students to the main discussions around the role and impact of global media players, including the tech companies on digital economies and futures.
Who is this programme for?
Designed for recent graduates as well as professionals who are looking to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for careers in the media sector as well as in PR, communication systems and companies, government, education, NGOs and the UN.
All students will take a compulsory Dissertation with a value of 60 credits.
All students will take two compulsory modules, one core module, and one guided option.
- Global Media and Digital Cultures (online)
- Digital Diplomacy (Online Module)
- Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media (online)
All students will take one guided option from List A below.
- Gender, Conflict and the Middle-East (Online)
- Global Citizenship and Advocacy (Online Module)
- Muslim Minorities and the State: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Online Module)
- Muslim Minorities in a Global Context (Online Learning)
- Cultural Diplomacy (Online Module)
- Diplomacy and Power: International Actors in the Middle East (Online Module)
- Contemporary Themes in Media and Religion (online)
- Media and Development (online)
- Contemporary Global Issues in Media and Gender (online)
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information through your Department.
Admissions and Applications
You can apply using our online application form.
Your completed application will be reviewed by a member of academic staff. If your application is successful, we will send you an official offer within ten working days and you will be asked to submit the relevant supporting documentation. Once in receipt of our offer, we recommend submitting your documents immediately.
Supporting documentation for applications
- Degree certificates
- Copy of an identification document
- Copy of English language proficiency certificate
The MA Global Media and Digital Cultures is designed for recent graduates as well as professionals who are looking to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for careers in the media sector as well as in PR, communication systems and companies, government, education, NGOs and the UN. Applicants do not need to have an academic degree in media and communication. However, a genuine demonstrated interest in media and its role would be an advantage.
English Language Entry Requirements
You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.
About the School
SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues.