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University of Leicester

Leicester , England ,United Kingdom

Media and Advertising MA

The MA Media and Advertising will equip you with both the theoretical and the practical research skills to understand and critically evaluate one of the most creative promotional industries in the world: advertising. You will explore this dynamic phenomenon from different standpoints and use multidisciplinary approaches deriving from Media, Communication and Cultural Studies, as well as Marketing and Consumer Studies.

The course covers a range of topics, including:

the role of advertising in media and consumer societies (history, industry and issues)
the ubiquity of promotional culture (political advertising, public service advertising, branding, anti-consumer movements, etc.)
the importance of researching advertising messages and campaigns using a variety of methods
the position of advertising in the marketing toolkit available to companies
the necessity to understand consumers' behaviour
You will also explore advertising from the standpoint of Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, and explore the relevant key concepts and practices. You will investigate how advertising promotes brand awareness and influences consumers' decision making processes. You will gain an understanding of the creative strategies used in advertising and the use of research in relation to advertising effectiveness, as well as the ability to work and be assessed on live creative briefs and advertising research projects. During the course you will also have the opportunity to hear guest speakers from the industry, who will share their valuable experiences with you. In the past few years, the MA Media and Advertising featured the following guest speakers from the advertising industry:

Jamie Mollart, Director of the advertising agency Rock Kitchen Harris
David Bassett, Director of Analytics at the advertising research company Lumen Research
Natalie Edwards, Director of the cultural insight and innovation consultancy Canopy
The MA Media and Advertising is taught by Media and Communication and by the School of Business and it is this partnership that ensures you will grasp advertising in its complexity, as a cultural phenomenon that plays a crucial role in contemporary societies, as well as a marketing tool that promotes brands, political ideas and non-profit messages. As a result you will be well equipped to pursue a career in advertising or marketing or continue your study in a research degree (PhD).

If you enrol as a student on this programme, you will have free access to the WARC (World Advertising Research Centre) database that contains over 10,000 advertising campaigns!

The programme consists of core and option modules and a dissertation based on a piece of individually supervised research. This provides you with the opportunity to examine in depth a topic of particular relevance to your study and interests, and to put into practice the skills you have acquired in data analysis, project management, and research presentation.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

If you have completed the standard XII awarded by the CISCE/CBSE, or another recognised state exam board, with at least 75% overall, you may be considered for admission to a first year Bachelors degree. For many courses at the University of Leicester, you will need 80% overall or higher, along with higher individual marks of 85% in relevant subjects. If you are studying A-levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) then you can begin from the first year of a Bachelors degree. Please see inidvidual course pages for entry requirements. If you have already completed the first year of an undergraduate degree at an Indian university, you may be considered for entry to the first or second year of a Bachelors degree if you have studied relevant subjects and/or modules. We also have progression arrangements with some partner institutions in India, which allow advance entry to certain University of Leicester courses. Please contact the International Office for further information. If you do not meet the entry requirements for one of our courses, you can apply for an International Foundation Year run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.