This course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the history of the media, as well as cutting-edge theory. You’ll investigate media institutions, relationships between media, power and economics, social and digital media, alternative media and contemporary television, learn digital publishing and creative coding.
With high-profile work placements and industry links, we’ll expand your knowledge of the media and develop the skills you need for a range of influential careers. In the National Student Survey 2015, 9 out of 10 of our students found the course intellectually stimulating and the staff enthusiastic about what they are teaching.
Our practical, hands-on modules will help you to develop skills in media research methods, digital media, writing, publishing, radio and video production.
You’ll also get the chance to perform research and undertake work placements with media institutions, producing commissioned work both on and off-campus. We have a lively research culture, and you’ll be encouraged to get involved with our regular conferences and lectures, improving your public speaking and organisational skills.
All your studies will be supported by a team of research-active academics and media professionals.
The media is central to today's global and interconnected society. We’ll help you make connections in an industry that influences politics, economics and culture.
Course Leader: Neil Henderson
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Our previous students have gone on to careers in broadcasting, public relations, film, video or television production, media consultancy, journalism, and advertising, but this course will also prepare you for other professions that require an understanding of the media, such as web design, publishing, and human resources.
You might enjoy your degree so much that you decide to take a Masters course, like our MA Film and Television Production.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress in a number of ways, all of which reflect the range of skills demanded by employers. Your written assignments might include case studies, critical essays, screenwriting, journals and log books, evaluation reports, film reviews and analyses. You’ll demonstrate your presentation skills, and create portfolios of work. We also use a range of 'hands-on' assessment methods including internet, print and video production and commissions.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You can apply to spend one semester in years 2 or 3 studying at Marshall University in West Virginia, USA; Roskilde University in Denmark; or Università Roma Tre in Italy.
You’ll build relationships with media-related organisations through work placements, internships and other volunteering opportunities. Our previous students have undertaken placements with companies and organisations such as C4B Media, Local Secrets, Anthill Networks, Cubiqdesign, the River Group, Zi-FM, CSV Media Clubhouse, and Cam FM.
These placements could form part of your assessed work, and in many cases have led directly to employment.
We’ll give you access to the kind of equipment you can expect to work with in the professional media industry. This includes film and television studios, HD cameras and 16mm film cameras, Final Cut Pro editing suites, Steenbecks for 16mm editing, animation rostrum cameras, multimedia studios, screening theatres and radio suites.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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