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Global Media Industries MA

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Our course gives students the opportunity to study media industries in the heart of London – one the world’s media capitals. It has been specially designed for those aspiring to work within the media industries, providing students with the practical experience, digital and transferable skills they need for their careers.

With its mix of theoretical and sector-based knowledge and skills development, our course will provide you with a critical grounding, conceptual understanding, practical experience, applied knowledge, real-world insights, and the opportunity to not only understand but to reimagine the future of the global media industries.

Key Benefits

  • Study at the UK’s market-leading university for degrees in this field, located at the heart of London’s media industries.
  • Gain knowledge of the media industries across national and international contexts, with a unique focus on London.
  • Choose from a range of specialist modules (e.g. Children, Media Industries and Culture, Digital Media Production Cultures, Entertainment Industries, Immersive Media and Extended Realities).
  • Take advantage of our strong links with both London and International media organisations, providing up-to-date knowledge of current debates and trends.
  • Take part in lectures, workshops and live briefs from leading media industry professionals.
  • Prepare yourself for a career in the media, cultural or creative industries.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year full-time, Two years part-time, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ ECTS 90

Course leaders Dr Sarah Atkinson

Further details

Course contact for further information

General enquiries: Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries



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This future-facing master’s course is specifically designed to meet the needs of contemporary media industry professionals and students.

Through exposure to a range of local, regional and transnational examples, you will learn the vital importance of how cultural, social, economic or political conditions shape media industries.

You will develop digital skills, practical experience and transferable skills including project management, research methods, excellent communication, and collaboration – in preparation for careers in the digital media workplace. Whether you are seeking a career in the media industries, or if you are a professional looking to enhance your existing knowledge and career prospects, then this course is ideally suited for you. Current media professionals may combine work with the part-time study option.

You can also use the training and skills gained on the MA in Global Media Industries to prepare for doctoral research in the media and creative industries and associated disciplines.

The course works in partnership with a range of media organisations from across the city of London to offer you unparalleled exposure to the media sector.

Through our required modules, you will engage with experienced media professionals and leading London-based media organisations.

Whilst the MA does not include an internship, we have a dedicated member of academic staff who assists students in acquiring practical experience through sharing information about competitive internship opportunities offered by our cultural partners or other organisations across London. Previous students from within the Department have interned at National Theatre, Barbican Centre, British Council, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Screen Digest, The British Museum, CIDA (Cultural Industries Development Agency), MTV, Donmar Warehouse, Google and the V&A Museum. This gives you a sense of the exciting and formative experiences that some of our students have independently completed, in parallel with their studies at King’s.

Each year students have the opportunity to apply for a selective-entry Collaborative Dissertation Project, organised with external arts, media and heritage organisations, as part of the Global Media Industries: Final Project. The collaborative dissertation project enables students to work with a cultural partner on a live research brief that informs their final MA dissertations. Previous dissertation partners include Battersea Arts Centre, Black Live Theatre, Arts Council England, Dash Arts, King’s Cultural Institute, Live Cinema, Glyndebourne, Mahogany Opera Group, Lambeth Archives, OnRoad Media, Royal Society, Arts Cabinet, Iconem, and Greater London Authority.

Course format and assessment


If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with 140 hours of teaching over the course through taught sessions (e.g. lectures and seminars). We will expect you to undertake a further 1,668 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, in your first year we will provide 76 hours of teaching, and we will expect you to undertake 540 hours of independent study. In your second year, we will provide 78 hours of teaching, and we will expect you to undertake a further 1,128 hours of independent study.

Teaching delivery ensures students enjoy a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face-to-face teaching is complemented and supported with innovative technology so you can also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.



Your performance will be assessed through coursework. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, reports and presentations. Coursework contributes 100% to your final mark.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Our location in the heart of London offers you unparalleled access to one of the world’s most vibrant and culturally active cities in the world. With London’s huge number of media institutions and organisations, there are few places better for gaining practical experience in this field.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

You can take the course in either full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) mode.
Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

· Global Media Industries: Perspectives and Approaches (20 credits)

· Media Industry Innovations: Collaborative Project (20 credits)

· London Media Industries (20 credits)

· Global Media Industries: Final Project (60 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

· Children, Media Industries and Culture (20 credits)

· Cultural & Creative Industries in China (20 credits)

· Cultural Markets (20 credits)

· Cultural Policy (20 credits)

· Digital Media Production Cultures (20 credits)

· Entertainment Industries (20 credits)

· Fashion, Culture and Society (20 credits)

· Festivals: Arts, Public Spaces and Communities (20 credits)

· Film & American Culture (20 credits)

· Future Memory: Creating Connected Worlds (20 credits)

· Gender, Media and Culture (20 credits)

· Media on the Move: Products and Power (20 credits)

· Music & American Culture (20 credits)

· Transnational Screen Production (20 credits)

· Visual Culture (20 credits)

You may choose 20 credits of modules from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Modern Language Centre, subject to approval. You may also choose from a range of modules offered by the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy (notably the Department of Education and Professional Studies, and Department of Management), or The Dickson Poon School of Law (subject to approval).

If you are a part-time student, in year one you’ll take Media Industries: Perspectives and Approaches and London Media Industries, together with 40 credits of optional modules. For year two, you take Media Industry Innovations: Collaborative Project and complete the Global Media Industries: Final Project, alongside 20 credits of optional modules.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Minimum requirements 2:1

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in any discipline. For those returning to study, evidence of appropriate experience will be required. A written personal statement, emphasising both qualifying background and reasons for selecting this programme, will be required. A sample of academic writing should be submitted.

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer as applications for this programme are very competitive.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Your application will be carefully read by the convenor, and second read where appropriate by a second academic. We do not interview all applicants, but you are welcome to call the programme leader to arrange a visit. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Personal Statement Yes The personal statement should explain why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background, and, if relevant, your career plans. The personal statement should be a maximum of 500 words, if you submit a personal statement which is longer than this it will not be accepted, and you will be required to submit a shorter version, thus delaying application assessment.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Writing Sample Yes Please see details below.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.


The piece of writing you should submit should be 2,000 words in length maximum and address the following topic: 

Write a reflective piece about a current issue in the global media industries

Your essay will demonstrate your ability to:

- Investigate the topic/question

- Source apposite material

- Undertake original research

- Construct a coherent argument

Use appropriate evidence and source material to support your arguments, such as textbooks, journal articles, newspaper articles and internet sources. Please include AT LEAST five sources. Ensure that you cite these using the Harvard referencing system and provide a full bibliography at the end of your essay.

We will be using plagiarism software to check that your essay has not been submitted by another student or to another institution, either in whole or in part; if you are found to have plagiarised then your application will be immediately rejected. Our system will detect self-plagiarism, i.e. if you have submitted any portion of your essay to another UK institution; your essay must therefore be original and specific to this application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,800 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £12,900 per year (2021/22)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

• books if you choose to buy your own copies

• clothing for optional course related events and competitions

• library fees and fines

• personal photocopies

• printing course handouts

• society membership fees

• stationery

• travel costs around London and between campuses

• graduation costs

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Graduates from our Department have used the skills and knowledge developed with us to pursue careers in a range of creative, entrepreneurial or business roles within the global media industries. Others have continued their studies with further research.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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