media studies female student
UCAS Code
P300
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020

Overview

Are you interested in how the media 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 expertly dissect the media and put what you learn into creative or critical practice. You'll explore entertainment and identity in the media to help you better understand our society and your place in it.

At the end of the course you'll be well set to start a media career in areas such as journalism, marketing and publishing. You'll also learn creative and transferable skills that you can put to work in any industry.

93% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

What you'll experience

On this Media Studies degree course you can:

  • Learn about the present, past and possible futures of media around the world
  • Work with local and national media companies to further your learning in a practical way and test your skills
  • Learn from widely published media experts
  • Learn video production skills
  • Help to create and present programmes for the University’s TV and radio stations
  • Study abroad at one of our partner institutions, including the renowned University of Zaragoza in Spain

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 degree?

Previous media studies graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • media research
  • public relations and marketing
  • journalism
  • publishing
  • 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 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 that puts your skills to work in the industry. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Media Studies degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Contemporary Media Events
  • Critical Reviews and Features
  • Film, Genre and Adaptation
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Researching the Media
  • Understanding Film Production

Core modules in this year include:

  • Gender and the Media
  • Propaganda
  • Screen Media

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Engaged Citizenship through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Media Networks: Exploring Digital Culture
  • Media, Culture and National Identity
  • Production: Camera and Editing
  • Production: Short Filmmaking
  • Professional Experience
  • Researching Genre
  • Social Issues in the Media
  • Sport and the Media
  • Student Enterprise
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Your choice of dissertation or production project

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Cultures of Consumption
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • News, War and Peace
  • Practical Video Project
  • Representing Science in the Media
  • Researching Animation
  • Studying Comedy
  • TV Drama and Society
  • TV Talk Shows

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the media industry.

Previous students have been on placements to:

  • NBC Universal
  • Disney
  • St James Place Wealth Management

In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or with other students.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

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

Teaching activities on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • practical performance sessions
  • simulation

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your media studies degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as workshops, lectures and seminars for about 15 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which options you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You’ll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

Student support advisor

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

Academic skills tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Creative skills tutors

If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.

IT and computing support

Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • scripts
  • video productions
  • programme proposal/pitch
  • reviews and features
  • reports/magazine features
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

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

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Media Studies degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Qualifications or experience
  • 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You may need to buy items such as DVDs and MiniDV tapes to use on practical units, which cost approximately £20– £30.

You’ll need to cover the material costs for individual project work, which usually costs £50–£100.

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P300
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can register and start your application from 21 May 2019 and submit it from 5 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P300
  • our institution code – P80

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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