Master of Media and Communication (MMC)

Master (Coursework)

Programme Type

Full-time, Part-time

WKWSCI Graduate Coursework

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The Nanyang Technological University’s Master of Media and Communication degree is designed to help marketing communication specialists succeed in an evolving media industry. Early to mid-career professionals looking for a boost in their careers or a change in their careers will benefit from the flexibility of our evening schedules and accelerated intensive courses over a 12 month period for students enrolled in our full-time programme or 24 to 48 months for students enrolled in our part-time programme.

Our distinguished academic faculty and experienced industry practitioners aim to deliver an exceptional in-person educational experience targeted at early to mid-career professionals. After completing a combination of four core modules and six electives, students are equipped with a strong foundation in theoretical and knowledge frameworks, strategic competencies in marketing communication, critical thinking capabilities and exceptional leadership skills.

 

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

The Master of Media and Communication (MMC) is a self-financed programme. Applicants are not eligible for Financial Assistance such as Tuition Fee Loan, Service Obligation or MOE Subsidies.

Please click here for the Tuition Fees and Incentives available.

We provide scholarships to support students towards their ambition in the media and communication industry. These scholarships offer successful applicants full funding for tuition fees and are evaluated based on merit and relevance of the applicant’s experiences, with no bond attached. You may click here to browse through the list of scholarships for information about eligibility and application deadlines for each scholarship before applying to them.


Find out more about the Overseas Experiential Learning opportunities in our MMC programme here!

To apply the MMC programme, you need to meet these minimum requirements: 

  • A good Bachelor's degree in any discipline (Honours merit and above)
  • At least one year of working experience *

* Internship experience is not counted as working experience. Applicants with outstanding achievements besides academic results will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For undergraduate degree not awarded by an English-medium University or is awarded by an English-medium University but the language of instruction was not English, you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR).

Minimum Score Required
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic
85 (internet-based)6.0

Note: The validity period for IELTS/TOEFL score is two (2) years at the point of application. Please note that only TOEFL or IELTS test scores will be accepted. Also, we do not require the submission of GRE or GMAT test scores.

In view of Covid-19, the following online test scores are acceptable for admissions for the AY2024-2025 intake by the Office of Admissions (OA).

  1. TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
  2. TOEFL ITP Plus for China students
  3. IELTS Indicator
  4. IELTS for UKVI

There is only one intake in August. Applications for August admission will be open in November and close in mid-February. The outcome of application will be released online from end April onwards.

ProgrammeAdmission IntakeClosing date for submission of online applications with supporting documents
Master of Media and Communication [Programme Code: 251]August

Application Period: 

1st November to 15 February

 

Applications are to be submitted electronically via the NTU admissions website. You will be asked to nominate at least two referees to support your application. Please click here to review the Reference Letter guide.

Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of S$50.00 when you send in your admission application per programme applied. Applications without application fee will not be processed.

Applicants may check their application or result status online after receiving the acknowledgement receipt of your application via email.

 

For more information on the admissions procedures, online application, list of supporting documents application or result status and other relevant details, please click here to view the NTU admissions website. 

The MMC programme commences each year in early August and is available in both full-time and part-time mode. Students are required to complete 30 Academic Units (AU) to be awarded the degree within their candidature period. 

Students have two options of study:

  • Coursework and Dissertation

In this option. students take 4 core courses, 4 electives and an individual project on which the student must submit a dissertation. Students may require additional semesters for completion of their project

For more information on Dissertation, please click here.

  • Coursework Only

In this option, students take 4 core courses and 6 elective courses.

Each module carries 3 AU while Dissertation carries 6 AU. Students may graduate after completing the programme requirement from either option of study.

Candidature 

Candidates may apply either for full-time or part-time programme. To be awarded the degree, students will need to complete their programme requirement within their candidature period. A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50 is required to successfully complete the programme.

 

Full-Time CandidaturePart-Time Candidature
MinimumMaximumMinimumMaximum
2 Semesters4 semesters4 semesters8 semesters
(Note: 1 academic year is equivalent to 2 semesters.)

For more information on Grade Point Average (GPA), please click here.

Core Courses

These are theoretical foundation courses that should be taken at the start of your graduate learning journey.

Students are allocated into their respective groups and will take the core courses in pairs.

Group 1Group 2
MC6301 Communication, Technology & SocietyMC6302 Communication Research and Data Analysis
MC6303 Communication Ethics and GovernanceMC6321 Media Leadership and Management

All students – full-time and part-time candidates – will be assigned to either group of paired core courses in the first two semesters of their candidature, regardless of how many semesters the student has elected to complete their graduate degree programme. Students will be pre-registered for these courses during the course registration period.

MC6301 Communication, Technology & Society – Prof Jack Qiu – 13 weeks format

This course introduces students to a broad range of issues concerning the role, impacts, and limitations of ICTs (information and communication technologies), especially digital platforms, in modern society. Students will be familiarised with both classic and current studies in communication and media studies with interdisciplinary reach. It is a core class that equips students with the knowledge and skills for more in-depth studies and career opportunities at the juncture between ICTs and society.

MC6302 Communication Research and Data Analysis – Prof Edson Tandoc & Assoc Prof Jung Younbo – 13 weeks format

This course provides an overview of common issues in communication research. It covers essential ideas in research design, instrumentation, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, and reporting. Students will understand and interpret research reports and literature, define their own research interests, design and execute simple research projects; prepare themselves for more advanced research courses; and write and present properly conceived, suitably formatted, and stylistically appropriate research projects for post-graduate courses.

MC6303 Communication Ethics and Governance – Prof Ang Peng Hwa – 13 weeks format

The course aims to familiarise students with the broad scope of legal regulations covering various aspects of the media. The course will cover international laws, conventions and treaties, laws relating to the media, intellectual property law, defamation and censorship. The rest of the course will be devoted to ethics and policy, including current policy issues and the policy-making process. The course will provide students with a framework to resolve ethical issues.

MC6321 Media Leadership and Management – Ms Chloe Neo – 13 weeks format

The course aims to provide an overview of the organisation and operation of media organisations and to familiarise students with some critical management principles useful in dealing with issues facing managers. It will focus on some major issues of media management, including components on leadership, finance, human resources, strategic planning, and entrepreneurship. At the end of this course, students can understand the business of media, strategies used to operate a media-related organisation and assess critique management issues in a media organisation.

Elective Courses

All students may choose up to 6 elective courses based on their options of study.

Semester 1 and 2Semester 1 OnlySemester 2 Only
MC6339 Strategic Public Relations ManagementMC6361 Managing Reputation, Crisis, and Media Relations*MC6360 Internal Communication*
MC6359 Branded Content Marketing and Campaigns*MC6363 Communication Issues and SocietyMC6373 Leading Organisational Transformation, Performance and Change
MC6365 Public Affairs Communication*MC6371 Persuasive Technology and Media Communication 
MC6368 Digital Marketing Transformation*  
MC6370 Strategic Branding for Leaders  
MC6372 Cultural Intelligence: Leading Diverse Teams and Organisations  

*2 weekends intensive courses held over Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Semester 1 and 2

MC6339 Strategic Public Relations Management – Mr. Ferdinand De Bakker – 13 weeks format

This course is designed to provide an introduction to and give insights into strategic-level communication and public relations. It will also explore strategic public relations as practised in the public, private, and social sectors. Overall, the course will offer an appreciation of how the public relations function fits in with the strategic management of organisations. The course will address both theoretical and practical issues in strategic public relations. The course will also include guest lectures by specialists in a variety of subjects.

MC6359 Branded Content Marketing and Campaigns – Ms. Wong Pei Wen – 2 weekends intensive format

This course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of content marketing strategies and tactics. When students take this course, they will learn how to build a strategy, devise ways to adopt new, creative approaches to engage audiences, use owned content for B2B and B2C customers will act on to move customers along the marketing funnel, build thought leadership, improve brand reputation and pitch to the media. Students will also learn about emerging trends in content marketing and gain insights from guest lectures and case studies.

MC6365 Public Affairs Communication – Dr Michele Khoo – 2 weekends intensive format

Public affairs is now one of the fastest-growing areas of communication management. In a world where government actions can disrupt or create new business opportunities overnight, anticipating and influencing changes in the public policy environment is critical to continued business success.  Students will be exposed to both theories and practical applications to prevailing issues in communications. At the end of the course, students will have a greater appreciation of the development and execution of strategic communications plans. This would include narrative framing, channel strategies, media strategies, and stakeholder engagement.

MC6368 Digital Marketing Transformation – Mr Yak Yih Cheng – 2 weekends intensive format

This course shares the key aspects in driving digital marketing transformation – from internal organisation discovery, stakeholder management, designing customer experience, digital marketing touch points audit and putting together the right marketing technology stack. Students will learn the strategic process of a digital transformation project, designing customer experience across the various marketing touchpoints, creating a single customer view, analysing digital touchpoints analytics, curating metrics that matter, designing experiments to optimise business growth and building the agile culture internally.

MC6370 Strategic Branding for Leaders – Ms Lynette Ang – 13 weeks format

The course aims to empower graduate students, and mid and senior-level managers with an understanding and appreciation of strategic branding & communications as this is a critical bedrock for any effective marketing communications program. The course will integrate multiple disciplines such as business understanding, critical analysis, market research and branding and communications framework & strategies to help provide clarity & focus when embarking on any communications program.

MC6372 Cultural Intelligence: Leading Diverse Teams and Organisations – Dr Catherine Peyrols Wu – 13 weeks format

This course will focus on developing cultural intelligence—or CQ, the ability to function effectively across a variety of cultural contexts. For more than 20 years, research has shown that CQ is a differentiating attribute of global leaders. General cognitive intelligence and emotional intelligence are no longer enough to lead global organisations. In this course, we will focus on equipping you with a set of practical skills to manage intercultural relations at work and enhance your global leadership capabilities as a result.

Semester 1 Only

MC6361 Managing Reputation, Crisis, and Media Relations – Ms. Wong Pei Wen – 2 weekends intensive format

This course aims to help communication leaders build a more resilient organisation through reputation management, media management, and crisis management. A resilient organisation can pre-empt a crisis by detecting red flags and vulnerabilities and building a strong reputation to buffer the effects of a crisis. Using theoretical frameworks, case studies, industry best practices, and a simulation at the end of the course, you will learn how to counsel your management team to build a trusted reputation, manage the stages of a crisis, develop a crisis management plan, train the C-suite to manage the media and lead an organisation out of a crisis.

MC6363 Communication Issues and Society – Asst Prof Andrew Prahl – 13 weeks format

This course aims for a broad understanding of the current and future technologies that will challenge our understanding of what is interpersonal communication versus human-machine communication. This course delves into the wide range of empirical studies in a variety of disciplines regarding human-machine communication. Through these three lenses of theory, application, and research, students will leave the course able to understand the optimal uses (and potential pitfalls) of supplementing or replacing human communicators with machines. This course is especially geared towards preparing students for the technologies of the future such as social robots and artificially intelligent agents.

MC6371 Persuasive Technology and Media Communication – Assoc Prof Kang Hyunjin – 13 weeks format

This course focuses on understanding how media technologies can influence our perceptions and behaviours. We will explore how these principles can be applied to designing media technologies for various strategic communication contexts, including marketing, health promotion, education, and environmental communication. The course will emphasise the persuasive roles of various interactive technologies and their applications in strategic communication practices. We will also examine key design issues when building interactive media by drawing upon principles of user-centred interaction design to inform the creation, evaluation, and development of interactive technologies.

Semester 2 Only

MC6360 Internal Communication – Asst Prof Andrew Prahl & Mr. Ferdinand De Bakker – 2 weekends intensive format

Effective internal, or employee communication in support of employee engagement is vital to an organisation and for the managers leading it. This course is for graduate students moving up into managerial positions and covers strategic communication in the workplace. Internal communication is also an ongoing, everyday task to motivate staff, focusing on leadership, retention, critical listening skills and empathy, interpersonal communication and working with teams.

MC6373 Leading Organisational Transformation, Performance, and Change – Ms. Sim Phei Sunn – 13 weeks format

This course aims to provide you with an understanding of how organisations and teams work and equip students with the knowledge and skills to steer transformation, performance and change in your organisations. As future leaders, knowing the fundamental drivers of human behaviours and organisational dynamics will help you navigate the complexity of change in a people-centred way. Developing a greater sense of self will strengthen how you can positively impact your team and others and be more effective in leading them through transformation.

MC6374 Contemporary Issues in Media – Prof Edson Tandoc & Prof Sora Park – 2 weekends intensive format

The course introduces students to the contemporary media landscape, with a focus on global news media and media infrastructure that are influencing the role of journalism within society. The course aims to provide a framework to understand media industries and their relationships to audiences, considered both as consumers and as citizens. It looks at the economics, industrial structures, regulatory frameworks and social responsibilities of the news media. It also examines fundamental policy issues in funding journalism as well as the impact of digital technologies on news business models.

MC6348 Issues in Interactive Advertising – Ms. Wong Pei Wen – Overseas immersion format

The course aims to discover the effectiveness of creativity in advertising for brands and provide you with a deeper understanding of the impact of technology in advertising and how you can solve brand challenges. This course will explore the process of ideating, identifying new trends, and generating strategy insights for award-winning campaigns. Students will dive into various forms of advertising campaigns, tackle briefs, learn how to pitch good ideas, and create projects that integrate these creative and strategic aspects through application and competition.

MC6367 Digital Media Governance – Prof Ang Peng Hwa – Overseas immersion format

This course will cover the governance of critical Internet resources, privacy, and content regulation issues including moderation, the challenges of digital challenges, and emergent technologies. It will also touch on the possibilities and limits of different modes of regulation, including self- and co-regulation. It is a course on governing current, emerging, and future technology: rules about rules, rules about the rulers and the ruled, and the shifting geopolitics of national, regional, and international digital realms.

Elective Courses from Other Graduate Programmes offered by WKW

Course offered are subject to availability and priority is given to those students of their home’s programme.

Semester 1 and 2

KM6316 Organisational Leadership – Ms. Koh Kiat Hian – 13 weeks format  

Introduction to leadership. Challenges for leadership in knowledge management. Leadership research. Charismatic and transformational leadership. Leadership traits and styles. Personal leadership profile. Power, politics, and influence. Leadership communication. Leading teams. Followership. Managing organisational processes and innovation. Managing KM initiatives. Leadership and strategy. Leading change. 

KM6308 Business Intelligence – Mr Tay Kwang Yong, Francis – Saturday format

Business intelligence in the corporate environment: application, systems and processes. Characteristics of competitor, competitive and social intelligence. Business intelligence and growth opportunities: political, economic and social environments. Business intelligence strategies and systems. Business intelligence in various contexts: product, customer and supplier. Internet and Web-based intelligence. Ethical issues related to business intelligence. 

KM6312 Information Mining & Analysis – Dr Chen Zhenghua and Dr Li Pengfei – Saturday format

Principles and concepts of knowledge discovery and data mining. The knowledge discovery process. Data preparation. Techniques and methods for extracting information and knowledge from large amounts of data. Statistical methods. Machine learning techniques: decision tree induction, nearest neighbour categorisation, Bayesian learning, neural networks, association rules, and clustering. Text and Web mining for unstructured data. Data mining for KM applications.

Semester 1 Only

IN6221 Information Visualisation – Dr Tan Kien Weng Luke – 13 weeks format

This course will examine the study of concepts, models, and examples for improved information visualisation. Students will look at representation and interpretation data, as well as different forms of document visualisation such as TileBars, galaxies, themescapes, and Kohonen maps.

Semester 2 Only

KM6319 Leading through films and plays – Ms. Koh Kiat Hian – 13 weeks format  

The course aims to harness the power of stories for building leadership skills.  It is a story-based approach to learning and applying effective, ethical, and empathetic leadership. Students will read/view and reflect on the stories carefully selected for this course outside class, and enter class to discuss them. Through the process of engaging with the material, it is hoped that you will formulate a workable and meaningful framework on your own for dealing with the ethical tests and emotional demands of leading while ensuring leadership effectiveness.

CI7108 Media Influence and Persuasion – Assoc Prof Kay Kim – 13 weeks format

(MMC students can only take this class from 2nd semester onwards and need to have a minimum overall GPA of 4.0 OR have scored an A or A- in MC6301 or MC6302 as this is a research-intensive course)

This course introduces students to classic and influential theories and research on media influence and persuasion. The readings and class meetings will be guided by the major theoretical approaches to understanding how and why media messages have intended and unintended effects on individuals and society across a variety of contexts (e.g., media violence, health, political, entertainment media, news media, etc.). Within the context of these theories, students will review empirical applications of the theories and develop skills in operationalising theoretical concepts for empirical testing.

Course Fees


Fees for Academic Year 2024-2025

DescriptionFees (in S$)Remarks
Application Fee
 
 
50.00
 
 
Non-refundable and payable during application.
Deposit Fee
 
 
5,000.00
 
 
Non-refundable and non-transferable
(This is required upon the acceptance of the offer and will be used to offset your tuition fee payment.) 
 


Tuition and Miscellaneous Fees for Academic Year 2024-2025

DescriptionFees (in S$)Remarks
Total Tuition Fees
 
 
37,819.00
 
 
Students are required to complete 30 Academic Units (AU). Tuition Fees are charged by Academic Units (AU).
 
Per Course
 
 
3,781.90
 
 
Each course carries 3 Academic Units (AU).
Dissertation
 
 
7,563.80
 
 
Each dissertation carries 6 Academic Units (AU).
Miscellaneous Fees Miscellaneous fees payable follow the prevailing rates set by the University. Please access the NTU fees website link here for miscellaneous fees payable.
 

Incentives for Academic Year 2024-2025

IncentivesRemarks
MMC Alumni

 

All MMC Alumni will enjoy a 90% discount for a single course in the MMC programme, 12 months after graduation. This is subject to availability and approval from the school.

 

 

Note:

  1. All fees listed are in Singapore Dollars and are inclusive of prevailing Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  2. Tuition and Miscellaneous Fees are applicable to both full-time and part-time applicants of all nationalities.
  3. Tuition Fees are charged by Academic Units (AU); You will be billed on a semester basis based on the total number of courses you have registered in that semester, subject to academic load and candidature period set by Office of Academic Services (OAS).
  4. Tuition Fees stated above exclude transport/airfare and accommodation expenses. 
  5. The University reserves the right to revise its fees every academic year without notice.
  6. Additional fee subsidy is available for qualifying needy Singapore Citizens (SC) and Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) students. Terms & conditions apply.


For tuition fees from previous academic years, please click on the link below:

AY2022-2023

AY2021-2022

AY2020-2021


Scholarships

We provide scholarships to support students towards their ambition in the media and communication industry. These scholarships offer successful applicants full funding for tuition fees and are evaluated based on merit and relevance of the applicant’s experiences, with no bond attached. You may click here to browse through the list of scholarships for information about eligibility and application deadlines for each scholarship before applying to them.

 

Academic Integrity

Wee Kim School of Communication and Information is committed to pursue research excellence and ensures the highest standards of integrity and ethical behaviour in all academic and research endeavours. It is fundamental that assignments, projects and proposals for coursework and research programmes submitted by students are of the highest integrity, and plagiarism will not be condoned. 


Plagiarism is defined as having used or passed off one’s own writings or ideas of another, without acknowledging or crediting the source from which the ideas are taken. It includes the following: 

  • The use of words, images, diagrams, graphs, or ideas derived from books, journals, magazines, visual media, and the internet without proper acknowledgement; 
  • Copying of work from the internet or any other sources and presenting as one’s own; and 
  • Submitting identical work for different courses or to different journals and publications. 
Students are expected to observe academic integrity when writing and submitting assignments, projects or proposals for their coursework or research programmes, and provide references when citations are mentioned in their works. 

For more information on NTU Academic Integrity Policy, please click  here


Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures for Declaration of Authorship 

In view of the University’s implementation of the academic integrity policy and code of conduct, publications of research done at NTU, including written assignments, theses and dissertations, must adhere to responsible reporting practices​. For more information, please refer to the Research Integrity website. 

Mode of Submission for Student 

  • Online/softcopy assignments: Students are required to attach their assignments with a softcopy of the signed declaration of authorship form as one document for online submission. 
  • Hardcopy assignments: Students are required to attach the hardcopy declaration of authorship form on the front page of their written assignments for hardcopy submission. 

Please check with respective course instructors if your written assignment requires the declaration forms. 

 

Graduate Requirements

Course Load and the Academic Unit System 
 
With the introduction of the Academic Units system in the university, the Master by Coursework programme students have to accumulate a total of 30 Academic Units (AUs) to graduate. Each course in the curriculum carries 3 AUs, with the exception of the Dissertation Project which carries 6 AUs. A 3-AU course comprises 39 contact hours of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work (unless otherwise specified). 

Grade Point Average Requirements 
 
The university adopts a Grade Point Average (GPA) system of calculating the overall academic performance of a student in a particular semester and for the whole programme. Letter grades obtained for courses are assigned grade points of 0 to 5.0. 

For more information on GPA, please refer to this link
 
The Term Grade Point Average (TGPA) represents the grade point average for all courses taken by a student in a particular semester. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) represents the grade point average for all the courses taken by the student. 

Poor Academic Performance 

A coursework student with poor academic performance will be subjected to the following actions: 
 
  1. Academic warning if TGPA < 2.50 in any term of study
  2. Termination of Candidature if TGPA < 2.50 for the second consecutive term of study
 

A student is considered to be making satisfactory progress in any semester of study if he or she attains a minimum TGPA of 2.50. A student who obtains a TGPA of less than 2.50 in 2 consecutive semesters of study will be dismissed from the programme. 

To meet the academic requirement for graduation, a student must: 

  1. Complete all the requirements for the programme of study, and 
  2. Attain a minimum CGPA of 2.50 at the completion of the programme of study. 


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