Postgraduate Degrees in Sociology/Communications

Brunel University, London, United Kingdom

Brunel celebrates 40 years as a university in 2014. Our rise since 1966 has been impressive and our reputation grows year on year. These are exciting times for Sociology and Media and Communication Studies at Brunel and particularly for its rapidly expanding postgraduate programme. As a leading university in both Sociology and Communication and Media Studies we enjoy high ratings for both research (5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise) and teaching (22/24 in the last Teaching Quality Assessment), being rated 14th in the Guardian's University Guide.

Brunel University has a thriving culturally diverse postgraduate student population, following a wide range of taught masters and research degree programmes with a variety of modes of study. No matter what subject area, mode or level of postgraduate programme you follow, you will find that Brunel is a friendly, dynamic and stimulating place to study.

Programmes

We offer a range of popular Masters degrees in Sociology and Media & Communication Research:

>>>MSc in Media & Communications

The course provides the opportunity to study aspects of the continuing development of the media and information technology with a particular focus on how these two elements of modern communication culture are related together. In particular, the course

combines both theoretical and empirical study of the media, including issues of media audiences together with the sociological study of developments in information and communication technologies. You will be able to acquire a grounded approach to understanding the multiple social dimensions of contemporary communications and media.

>>>MSc in Social and Cultural Research*

This course may be taken independently, or linked to our PhD programme.

The Masters course offers an understanding of both the uses and limitations of social research in public policy and in professional practice, and includes both qualitative and quantitative approaches. You will learn how to carry out social and cultural research and become equipped to conduct and/or evaluate studies as a future researcher, or commissioner and assessor of social research for public and private agencies.

>>>NEW MSc Globalization, Communication and Culture*

An interdisciplinary course of how processes of globalization are transforming societies and cultures.

It explores the ways through which globalization is embedded and practised through the intensified movements of people, ideas and objects. A central concern of the course examines communication as a global and mediated space. You will have the opportunity to acquire a distinctive understanding of globalization that considers specific socio-cultural developments in terms of 'interconnections' and 'mobilities'.

>>>NEW MSC Risk, Insecurity and the Media

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This course interrogates aspects of global insecurity and media response focusing on a range of case studies.

Everyday the media, especially in the West, is replete with issues concerning risk and insecurity such as global warming and flooding, SARS and bird flu, HIV/AIDS and malaria crises. The course is especially concerned with issues of risk, insecurity and media discourses. It will proceed by way of case studies of risk associated with everything from daily events like travel safety to matters of terrorism and the 'new global wars'. You will also be able to focus on risk and (in)security issues from their own national and cultural contexts, and enabling the  opportunity to conduct original research.

* subject to validation

Research Context

Our MSc in Social and Cultural Research and PhD programme is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for funded studentships.All of our Masters and our PhD programme benefit from close links with our two established Research Centres: the Centre for Media, Globalisation & Risk, and the Centre for the study of Health and Illness (CSHI).

Staff Research Interests

Research interests of Sociologists at Brunel centre around the following principal areas: globalization; sociology of health & illness; youth & popular culture; free speech & the public sphere; race & ethnicity; risk; the social impact of new communications technologies; social theory; discourse analysis & conversation analysis; audience and television studies; urban sociology; and cultural sociology. We have expertise in comparative and international sociology having done research in countries such as Spain, Germany, Brazil, amongst others.

Future Careers

Brunel graduates take a variety of career paths. The courses equip students with a range of research skills expected of a professional social scientist or media professional. Depending on which course students take the Masters programmes enhance career opportunities in areas such as the cultural and media industries, supra-national government bodies, news agencies, NGO's, public relations and social research.

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Brunel University

Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH

Tel: 01895 274000

Fax: 01895 232806

Veronica Johnson

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veronica.johnson@brunel.ac.uk

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E-mail: admissions@brunel.ac.uk

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CONTACT

Brunel University

Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH

Tel: 01895 274000

Fax: 01895 232806

Veronica Johnson

Tel: +44 (0)1895 265951

veronica.johnson@brunel.ac.uk

Admissions Enquiries:

Tel: 01895 265265

E-mail:
admissions@brunel.ac.uk












































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