UPF's M.A. in International Studies on Media, Power and Difference offers an opportunity to study and research the media's role in the construction, representation and recognition of difference and diversity on the basis of the groups deemed most vulnerable. From various viewpoints corresponding to social sciences, the programme takes a critical, cross-cutting look at the power structures that lie behind communication practices (journalistic and persuasive or influence-oriented alike) and affect, reflect and interact within social processes related to difference and diversity.
The media have a major role in constructing societies' moral imaginary and, thus, in representing the Other and the difference thereof. The study of alterity through the lens of social communication is consequently one of the most internationally prestigious fields of research at present, due to its pioneering and multidisciplinary nature and its wealth of perspectives (cultural studies, the political economy of communication, and the ethics of mediation).
Holders of a university bachelor's degree, preferably in an area related to communication (Journalism, Audiovisual Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, etc.). The programme is also open to students with a bachelor's degree in any field corresponding to the humanities, social and legal sciences, health sciences or technologies.
Official undergraduate degree or equivalent degree. Preference is given to graduates in the area of communication and in any area of the social sciences, the legal sciences and the humanities wishing to make their career in the media, in communication offices of international agencies, in nongovernmental organizations or in governmental organizations at all levels. Graduates in other areas having professional experience in journalism, advertising, marketing, social media or social media in general are also accepted.
Academic transcript of the official training accredited, with the average grade, issued by the university of origin.
Curriculum Vitae in Spanish, English or Catalan.
Written presentation of a maximum of two pages, in English, in which the candidate exposes their suitability to the master's profile and their aims.
A photocopy of proof of English language (level B2)
Applicants must prove they have an English language level corresponding at least to the B2 level of the CEFR or equivalent. Those applicants coming from a country where English language is official are exempted from this requierement.
If you can't submit an official certificate of your English level due to the COVID-19 lockdown, you can send to [email protected] an introductory video in which you explain, in English, your profile and motivation for taking the master's degree programme.
Identity Card or Passport.
Proof of professional experience in any of the fields related to the master's programme.
Proof of research experience.
Two letters of recommendation. Especial conderation will be given to one of the letters being from a university professor and the other one of a more professional nature.
In addition, the Departments' selection committee may decide to interview the candidate.
The undergraduate degree/diploma and the academic transcript
If you have finished your Bachelor degree when you formalise your application, you will need to send us the following documents:
A photocopy of your undergraduate degree/diploma or Certification/proof of degree completion.
A photocopy of your official final undergraduate transcript.
However, if you have not yet completed your undergraduate studies when formalising application, you will need to provide us with the following documents:
A signed declaration of obtaining your degree before the commencement of the master's programme.
A photocopy of the provisional undergraduate transcript.
If the diploma or the academic transcript are not written in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese or Italian, you will also have to include the respective sworn translations into Catalan or Spanish.