Are you interested in how the media works and influences individuals and societies, from newspapers and television to social networks?
This BA (Hons) Media Studies degree course gives you the knowledge and skills to dissect and discuss the media at an academic level, and put what you learn into mastering media content of your own.
When you graduate, you'll be well set to begin your media career in areas such as journalism, marketing, or publishing, but you'll also have creative and transferable skills that you can put to work in any industry.
What you'll experience
On this Media Studies degree course you'll:
- Undertake an analytical review of the global media of our times, and how they reflect and shape our society
- Explore entertainment and identity in the media
- Study the impact of changing forms of communication from the past and present – and the possibilities for the future
- Work with local and national media companies
- Learn from widely published media experts
- Enjoy the chance to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, such as the renowned University of Zaragoza in Spain
- Have the option to take a placement year in the industry to expand your knowledge and experience even further before you graduate
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- video productions
- programme proposal/pitch
- reviews and features
- reports/magazine features
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 20% by practical exams and 80% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 12% by practical exams and 88% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 13% by practical exams and 87% by coursework
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the media industry. We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You'll have access to Creative Careers, a team within the faculty helping students to find placement opportunities within the creative industries. They'll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, help with your job search, including applications and interviews, and support throughout your placement, should you need it.
Previous students have been on placements to NBC Universal, Disney, and St James Place Wealth Management.
In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or with other students.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate from your media degree, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
Teaching activities on this course include:
- practical performance sessions
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
Careers and opportunities
The communication, research, writing and critical thinking skills you learn on this media degree will be valuable to employers in any industry.
What can you do with a media studies degree?
Previous media studies graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:
- media research
- public relations and marketing
- new media development
You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level or set up a business with help and support from the University.
What jobs can you do with a media studies degree?
Some of our media studies alumni have gone on to work for big names such as the BBC, Warner Bros and Universal Pictures International. Job roles our graduates have taken on include:
- production manager
- sound and vision engineer
- film/video producer
- advertising journalist
- assistant publicist
- PR and communications officer
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job in the industry, and will give you help and advice for up to 5 years, as you advance in your career.