Media Studies with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) – 2018 entry

One of the things I enjoyed most about the course was the strong sense of collaboration between staff and students.

What you'll study

Combining analysis and creativity, this is a wonderfully rounded degree that examines how the media works and what theatre's place in a changing media landscape might look like.

You will develop the habit of critical examination (whether of a play or a media story), and the tools of expression to explain what is really going on.

The option of a Professional Training placement year will give you a head start for a career in media and arts­-related fields, with real experience that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Media Studies as your Major

From Facebook to film and Twitter to television, our experiences of the world are increasingly dominated by media. As society changes, so too do media practices. New media emerge, and traditionally separate channels converge through smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Your Media Studies Major will build your understanding of the role of mediated communication in contemporary societies, equipping you with abilities, skills and awareness required to achieve personal and professional success in today’s media­rich world.

You will gain detailed knowledge of the theories, concepts and methods relating to media studies, and form a deep understanding of the contested nature of media in contemporary society. You will develop cognitive and social skills that will enhance your intellectual, academic and personal development, as well the analytical tools to conduct and evaluate research on contemporary media and culture.

Above all, you will get into the habit of thinking critically about the media (and the society it both shapes and is shaped by), allowing you to confront and challenge prevailing media narratives.

Integrative module for Media Studies Majors

Media Studies as an academic field is fundamentally interdisciplinary, examining a range of sociological, artistic and technological issues. In addition, understanding the operation and the effect of the media requires critical and analytical skills that can be applied to almost any other discipline.

You will find this integrative module particularly fruitful in examining a range of humanities subjects, with seminar discussions covering a range of fascinating topics. These may include the effect of emerging media on literature, the differences and similarities in media landscapes across national boundaries, and how the performing arts are responding to a new world of media threats and possibilities.

Theatre and Performance as your Minor

Take Theatre and Performance as your Minor subject and you will develop the ability to analyse and discuss theatrical works (in text and performance), thereby improving your understanding and enjoyment of theatre in current practice.

By investigating the deeper social, cultural, historical and geographical contexts in which theatrical works are produced, you will develop a range of specific and transferable skills that centre upon independent critical and creative practice.

Module structure

Year 1
Major modules Media StudiesIntegrative modules Media StudiesMinor modules Theatre and Performance

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 2
Major modules Media StudiesIntegrative modules Media StudiesMinor modules Theatre and Performance
Professional Training Placement (optional)

Professional Training placement year, taken as a professional work placement and/or period of study abroad. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study. Your activities during this period will be relevant to your Major subject (unless otherwise stated).

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Evaluation of Placement
  • Learning Transfer of Placement Learning
Year 3
Major modules Media StudiesMinor modules Theatre and Performance

How you'll split your time

You'll find your lectures and tutorials extremely stimulating, but a Surrey degree is so much more than just your classroom learning.

The information below details some of the extra opportunities and advantages of becoming a Surrey student. Naturally, many of these will be defined by your choice of Major (such as where you spend your Professional Training placement), but don't forget that your Minor will also add a valuable dimension to your Surrey experience.

Teaching 

A wide variety of teaching styles supports your learning, with lectures, small tutorial groups, seminars and presentations.

You will also undertake preparatory and wider reading (books, academic journals and newspapers), view materials (such as films and television programmes) and take part in debates and discussions with your tutors and fellow students.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

You have the option of studying abroad for one or two semester(s) in your Professional Training year. Our partner universities include:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Seoul National University
  • Brock University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Tech University
  • Monash University
  • Swinburne University
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Tubingen
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Victoria, Wellington

If you chose to spend time working or studying in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

Some students prefer a professional experience through a work placement with an overseas organisation.

International experiences expose you to a new cultural environment that develops your adaptation and communication skills but also your abilities to deal with unfamiliar situations, thus strengthening your academic and professional profiles.

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Our pioneering Professional Training placements are an opportunity to experience a work environment and apply all the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your first two years of study.

Placement students tend to return for their final year significantly more confident and focused, likely to perform better, and with enhanced career aspirations and prospects. After graduation, many take up permanent posts with their Professional Training placement employer.

Placements are selected according to your interests, career plans and location preferences. Some of our placements are paid, usually in the region of £12,000–£15,000 per annum, while others are unpaid.

If you choose to take an unpaid placement, you can claim additional financial support and may also work for a reduced amount of time.

Examples of past Professional Training placements undertaken by students in Media Studies include:

  • Radio stations
  • Record companies
  • Marketing companies
  • Public relations agencies
  • Computer companies
  • Social research organisations
  • Business organisations
  • Educational establishments

Graduate prospects

Our degree programme prepares you for the wide range of careers in business, government or third­-sector organisations that demand the ability to analyse complex issues and reach sound conclusions.

You will gain an understanding of media and related industries, which provides you with valuable grounding if you wish to move towards media, research, PR or marketing ­related careers.

The Major/Minor degrees provide the knowledge base, analytical capacity and skills to develop professional media careers, from film and television production, journalism, broadcasting, management and arts administration to advertising, event management and public relations.

At the same time, our programme will equip you with essential transferable skills that are applicable in many careers beyond media and communication.

Having a Media Studies Major/Minor degree from Surrey therefore also opens up possibilities for careers outside the media sector, such as management, teaching, research and a range of governmental, non-­governmental and commercial roles.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

ABB

Arts, humanities, or social science A-level subject at Grade A

Access to HE Diploma

45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD

European Baccalaureate

74 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

32 overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers

AABBB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass overall with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

Arts, humanities, or social science A-level subject at Grade A

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent)

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates may be invited for an audition and interview.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 3 years W442 View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 4 years W443 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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Other Major/minor Courses

What does it mean to study a course as a major or minor?

A Major/Minor degree lets you build in-depth knowledge of one subject (your Major) while also studying another topic (your Minor). At Surrey, your Major/Minor degree also includes an integrative module that allows you to develop a unique understanding of how your two chosen subjects relate to each other.

The type and title of the degree conferred upon you will reflect your Major subject while acknowledging your Minor. For example, you could receive BA (Hons) English Literature with Psychology, BSc (Hons) Politics with Creative Writing, BMus (Hons) Music with Digital Media Arts, etc.

What are the pros and cons of studying a Major/Minor course?

A Major/Minor degree gives you the opportunity to build a much broader base of knowledge than a traditional single-subject degree, but without sacrificing the opportunity to acquire real expertise in a particular field. You will come into contact with students, academics and ideas from two disciplines rather than one.

There are a small number of careers that require graduate membership of a chartered institute, for which an accredited single-honours degree may be necessary, or which require particular postgraduate or doctoral qualifications that may only be gained after completing an undergraduate degree in a specific, single-honours subject. However, for the overwhelming majority of career paths this is not the case and in most cases there are conversion courses or equivalency allowances should you later decide you wish to follow a career with these requirements. Please speak to a careers advisor for further clarification.

What would studying a Major/Minor course mean for my job prospects?

Modern employers rarely demand a specific degree relevant to their field or sector, instead preferring culturally aware people who can place their knowledge in a wider context, who have used their time as a student to develop personally and intellectually as well as academically, and who leave university with impressive professional workplace experience already under their belt.

Because of this, it is the graduates who have combined academic achievement with the development of critical skills, who have acquired the capacity for independent learning across a range of subjects and who are comfortable dealing with a wide variety of colleagues and clients who will find themselves in greater and greater demand.

How will my time be split on a Major/Minor programme?

As you'd expect, the majority of your degree modules, exams, coursework and assessment marks will come from your Major subject. As a guideline, we would expect you to spend around 70% of your time studying for your Major, with the remaining 30% dedicated to your Minor. However, our Major/Minor framework allows you to choose from a flexible range of optional modules, so the actual balance will depend on your own preferences and requirements.

Remember also that Surrey Major/Minor degrees include our unique integrative modules, which bring you together with your fellow students to reflect on how your Major and Minor subjects complement each other.

See all Major/Minor courses

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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