Masters in Media Studies (MMS)
The curriculum of the Masters in Media Studies (MMS) program is designed as an intensive two-year program divided into four semesters. It offers different courses/papers for a total of 60 credit hours. It aims at fine blending of both the knowledge and skills dimensions of media and communication. The curriculum consists of a unique combination of theory, analytical techniques, production skills, research approach, communication competence, and so on, which are required for professionals in the field of media and media support systems.
- pursue a career in journalism or any particular field of media industry such as managing editors, radio station managers, television producers, scenarists
- pursue a career in research agencies, advertising agencies, PR companies
- pursue a career in the governmental and non-governmental institutions
- pursue a career as a staffer or freelancer as a media consultant, Media planner, Communication strategist, Social media manager, Content manager, Arts administrator, Media monitor, Researcher, and so on
- to work as independent media entrepreneurs
- pursue higher education and academic endeavors
|MEDS 501||Communication and Media Theories||3|
|MEDS 502||Media Literacy||3|
|MEDS 503||Social Sciences for Media||3|
|MEDS 511||Media and Globalization||3|
|MEDS 512||Research Methodology I||3|
First Year, Second Semester
|MEDS 504||Communication Traditions in Nepal and Asia||3|
|MEDS 505||Media, Identity and Diversity||3|
|MEDS 506||Media, Technology and Culture||3|
|MEDS 521||Global Media and International Communication||3|
|MEDS 522||Research Methodology II||3|
Second Year, First Semester
|MEDS 507||Media Management||3|
|MEDS 508||Media Policy, Law and Ethics||3|
Second Year, Second Semester
|MEDS 532||Advanced Media Research||3|
|MEDS 540||Media Production/Media Project||3|
|MEDS 513||Advanced Journalism I||3|
|MEDS 514||Broadcast Journalism||3|
|MEDS 515||Film Studies||3|
|MEDS 516||Promotional Communication||3|
|MEDS 517||Media and Development||3|
|MEDS 518||Advanced Media Analysis Techniques||3|
|MEDS 519||Media System in Nepal||3|
|MEDS 544||Mobile Journalism (Practicum)||3|
|MEDS 520||Media Convergence and Content Management||3|
|MEDS 524||Radio Station Management||3|
|MEDS 526||Advertising Management||3|
|MEDS 527||Development Communication in the Digital Era||3|
|MEDS 528||Philosophy and Communication||3|
|MEDS 529||Nepali Society, Culture and Communication||3|
|MEDS 543||Advanced Journalism II (Practicum)||3|
|MEDS 547||Screenwriting (Practicum)||3|
|MEDS 523||Media Activism||3|
|MEDS 530||New Media and Social Change||3|
|MEDS 531||Media Entrepreneurship||3|
|MEDS 533||Media and Political Communication||3|
|MEDS 534||Media and International Affairs||3|
|MEDS 535||Media and Gender||3|
|MEDS 536||Public Relations Principles and Strategies||3|
|MEDS 539||Alternative Media Practices||3|
|MEDS 545||Advanced Television Broadcasting (Practicum)||3|
|MEDS 546||Advanced Media Writing (Practicum)||3|
|MEDS 548||Performance Techniques (Practicum)||3|
|MEDS 549||Photography and Visual Culture (Practicum)||3|
The major methods used comprise classroom lectures, presentations, focused readings, discussions, practicum in the lab as well as field, case study analyses, visits and observations, seminars, internships, and so on. The program emphasizes students’ active participation and involvement in the learning process. Students are facilitated to cultivate individual talents and foster commitment towards professional as well as academic achievements in the media industry, media support services, governmental or non-governmental information agencies, development agencies, and other sectors.
Whereas the courses offered in the first year (two semesters) are compulsory courses, the second year (two semesters) is designed to provide the students an opportunity for specialization. The courses offered in the first year are to develop strong research and analytical foundation among the students. The courses offered in the second year are to further enhance research and analytical skills among them and prepare the students as qualified professionals in the field of specialization. The scope for specialization is ensured not only by offering wide options to choose from among the elective courses, but also by facilitating students to do media production/media projects, internship, and dissertation in the specialized field of their interests.
Masters in Media Studies (MMS) program aims to provide its students with:
- sound knowledge of principles and theories as well as practical skills in the field
- a critical understanding of media and advanced analytical skills
- an ability for media production in the field of specialization
- an ability to undertake research in the field of media and communication in particular and the social sciences in general
- an ability to design and implement communication strategies and promotional communication campaigns
- a preparedness for a leadership role in the media industry
- a strong foundation for further academic endeavors such as M.Phil or Ph.D. any research degree in liberal arts and social sciences.
- Need-based: The program is designed to address the human resource requirements of academia, media industry, and media support systems as well as the governmental and non-governmental institutions in the contemporary multicultural, glocal and technocentric environment. The dynamic curricular mechanism in KU provides more opportunities for need-based implementation of the program.
- Practice-based and skills-oriented: The courses offered to ensure pertinent emphasis on practice-based learning and translating knowledge into skills in general. Students can specialize in media production in the digital and emerging media environment. Moreover, the curriculum consists of plenty of practicum that involve employing the latest tools and techniques.
- A strong foundation of theory and analytical techniques: The program is designed to encompass a wide range of concepts, principles, theories, and analytical techniques from within the communication discipline as well as other disciplines of knowledge, and employ them in various contexts.
- Substantial emphasis on research application: In addition to specialized courses for both quantitative and qualitative research, virtually all of the courses in Master of Media Studies are designed in such a way that students have greater scope for research-orientated assignments and research application.
- Multicultural, multidisciplinary, and context-sensitive approach: Multicultural, multidisciplinary, and context-sensitive approach is employed in order to enhance the students’ ability to accurately perceive their own emotional and physiological state, and react in appropriate ways to different life situations.
- Focus on developing individual competence and efficacious group dynamics: The program highly emphasizes developing the individual competence of the students by imparting knowledge, skills, and moral values, and there are provisions for plenty of group activities that provide opportunities for them to develop skills required for group settings online and offline.
- Wide career options and high employability: Due to a fine combination of theory, analytical techniques, research, hands-on approach to technology, production skills, and communication competence, the students will have wide career options and high employability after the completion of Masters in Media Studies from KU. Need-based curricular implementation is expected to increase the scope of employability.
- Conducive learning environment: High-quality human resources from within and beyond the university will be ensured to run the program. Media lab and other facilities essential for the program also will be ensured in the university’s own right as well as in collaboration with the media industry, media support systems and other stakeholders.
- Internationally comparable: The Masters in Media Studies at KU has been developed after a thorough survey of the Master’s Course in the related field in various universities across the world. The proposed curriculum has been presented in different seminars within and out of KU. Besides, feedback and insights from international academic fraternity also have been incorporated in order to ensure “international standard”. The students will come out with knowledge and skills sound enough to work in international arena.
Applicants must have Bachelor or equivalent degree in any discipline from a recognized institution with minimum aggregate of 50 percent or 2.5 CGPA. In addition, securing an acceptable level of ranking in the entrance test administered to measure required competencies including language proficiency and analytical ability will be essential. Only the candidates who pass the written exam will be selected for the interview, on the basis of which final selection will be made.
For mid-career journalists and other media professionals having more than 10 years work experience in media industry, the eligibility will be considered as Bachelor or equivalent degree in any discipline from a recognized institution with minimum aggregate of 45 percent or 2 CGPA.
Duration and credit hours
The proposed Masters in Media Studies (MMS) is of two-year duration that is divided into four semesters. During the four semesters, each student has to study as many as 60 cr hrs. A three credit hour course requires 48 contact hours.
Number of students per intake: 20
Fee structure: The fees in total is NRs. 400,000 that is payable in eight installments (for 2022 Batch).
Scholarships: Some full and partial scholarships are available.
There will be in-semester and end semester evaluations (50% each) except for the courses designed as “Practicum”. The “Practicum” courses are subjected to in-semester evaluations only. End-semester evaluations will be as per the KU standard procedure of examinations. In-semester evaluation will be based on well defined indicators for e.g.: attendance, participation, presentation, class test or lab assignment, Mid-term exam, term paper or small scale production, take home exam or demo, viva voce, and so on.
For Media Production/Media Project and Thesis, the production/research process and final outcome will be evaluated based on in-semester supervision by the designated supervisors and presentation by the student as per the provision of the department. For Internship, the evaluation will be based on work-log, host institution’s evaluation and student’s presentation.
Masters in Media Studies program follows the standard KUSOA grading system. Grades for students shall be reported by the following letters: A, A-, B, B+, B-, C+, C, C-, D, or F.
The grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, and F indicate a graduation in quality from Excellent to Failure and are assigned the following grade-point equivalents:
|85 and Above||A||4.00|
|80 – 84.9||A-||3.70|
|75 – 79.9||B+||3.33|
|70 – 74.9||B||3.00|
|65 – 69.9||B-||2.67|
|60 – 64.9||C+||2.33|
|55 – 59.9||C||2.00|
|50 – 54.9||C-||1.67|
|45 – 49.9||D||1.00|
CGPA requirement for graduation
The student must maintain an aggregate CGPA of 3.00 or above after completing the required 60 credit hours. If the aggregate CGPA is less than 3.00, the student will have to repeat certain courses until he/she maintains the required CGPA.
- Individual students will be awarded a degree of MASTERS IN MEDIA STUDIES after successful completion of all of the 60 credit hour courses as per the KU rule.
- For the students who would prefer just to complete 30 credit hours from the first year (two semesters) and earn a degree, they will be awarded a degree of Postgraduate Diploma In Media Studies.