MS Media Studies

Details & Semester Outlines for MSMD

Faculty of Media Sciences offers a two year MS in Media Sciences program. Students enrolling in this program will be offered to select any one of the 3 streams of specialization; General Entertainment Content – GEC primarily for media professionals already engaged in leading creative teams of their respective media houses and are interested in honing up their cognitive as well as computer generated information skills; Production stream is for students engaged in middle management cadre in production houses as part of their creative teams in varied capacities and are hampered in their careers because of lack of knowledge and understanding of production technique skills; Journalism stream is offered for all who want to develop an in depth understanding of journalistic practices and are interested in specializing in analytical skills related to both print and electronic media.

On the basis of the three streams offered, the sixth Core choices offered in 2nd semester (Spring) will determine the electives for the respective stream. In addition to the three specializations offered students are at liberty in choosing their path of academic research related to praxis; through course work, Independent Research Study (IRS) and Thesis (students who are interested in following an academic career leading to a doctorate). MS GAT/ HAT result of 50% is required for MSMD as per HEC requirements

In Spring Semester students decide their respective chosen stream; choice of Electives vary according to the three options offered to students. Specialization Streams Offered: General Entertainment Content (GEC); Production; Journalism.

To be awarded a MS Media Sciences degree, students need to complete total of 30 credit hours. Students can finish their degree program by pursuing one of the three available options:

MS by Thesis 30 Credit hours (10 courses), which includes 6 core courses (18 credit hours), 2 electives (6 credits hours), Thesis I & Thesis II (6 credit hours)

MS by Independent Research 30 Credit hours (10 courses), which includes 6 core courses (18 credit hours), 2 electives (6 credit hours), IRS I & IRS II (6 credit hours)

MS by course work 30 Credit hours (10 courses), which includes 6 core courses (18 credit hours), 4 electives (12 credit hours)

All students must complete their degree within four years.

Admission Requirements

For admission in the MSMD program, the candidates must possess 16 years of relevant education with minimum 2nd Division/2.00 CGPA from an HEC recognized university. Candidates who do not have Media Sciences (including Communication Design, Applied Arts, Social Sciences, Advertising/Marketing, and Performing Arts etc.) background, following conditions will apply:

  1. Students need to complete four remedial/deficiency courses (12 credits hours) in the first semester before they will be permitted to continue regular courses.
  2. This semester will be considered zero semester and the credits will not contribute to the CGPA.
  3. These courses will be mentioned on the transcript with a zero GPA.
  4. The length of the completion of the degree will increase by one semester though the maximum limit of four years of degree completion will remain the same.

GAT (General)/HAT relevant is mandatory for all MS candidates with a minimum score of 50%. Last Degree verification by Higher Education Commission (HEC) is required.

First Year


MD5104 Research Methodology
MD5102 Media and Contemporary Culture
MD5113 Management Concepts in Media Industries


MD5207 Media Evolution and Innovation
MD5201 Communication for Social Change
MD5213 Social & Cultural Impact of GEC Programming (for GEC stream majors only)
MD5215 Production Design (for Production stream majors only)
MD5214 Journalism Law & Ethics (for Journalism stream only)

Second Year


MD5xxx Elective I (Elective from selected Stream)
MD5xxx Elective II (Elective from selected Stream)
MD5xxx Thesis I / MD5xxx IRS I / MDxxx Course work (Elective from selected Stream)


MD5xxx Thesis II / MD5xxx IRS II / MDxxx Course work (Elective from selected Stream)


GEC Stream

MD5361 Advanced Content Research
MD5366 Syndication – Foreign & Indigenous Content
MD5365 Story Telling & Screenplay Writing
MD5364 Production Management
MD5362 Directing
MD5363 Format Shows & Reality Shows
MD5111 Media Arts and Technology
MD5212 Theories of Visual Culture
MD5414 Theories of Communication Design

Production Stream

MD5382 Camera and lights
MD5384 Film analysis
MD5365 Story telling & Screenplay Writing
MD5383 Documentary making
MD5362 Directing
MD5381 Aesthetics of Films
MD5211 Theories of Film and Television
MD5311 Urban Geographies and Visual Culture

Journalism Stream:

MD5374 Global Journalism
MD5371 Beat Reporting
MD5375 Investigative Journalism
MD5376 Multi-Format News Reporting

MD5372 Data Journalism
MD5xxx Fashion and Entertainment Journalism
MD5xxx Media and Post Colonialism
MD5314 Media Politics and Governance
MD5315 Issues in International Media

Electives will be offered depending on the availability of the resources.