Media, Culture and Society BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for sociology, with our programmes ranked in the top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

A new generation of digital and mobile forms of communication is transforming the cultural fabric of daily life in twenty-first-century societies. Our innovative and challenging programme investigates the role of media and culture in the social world and how, in a digital and globalising age, media is affecting broader social trends.

What you will study

On our BSc Media, Culture and Society programme, you will explore digital, online and mobile media technologies, the evolution of established forms of communication, and consider a range of high and popular forms of culture.

You will combine this specialist examination of media and culture with a broader sociological appreciation of the way that contemporary societies work, exploring core social theory, learning research methods and covering different aspects of social life.

This course will provide you with a rigorous grounding in social science and an up-to-date understanding of contemporary media and culture that you can apply to a wide range of careers in media, research, public relations, marketing, business and beyond.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months LP34 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 48 months LP3I View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Media, Culture and Society placements

You have the chance to develop your skills and experience in a work environment through our Professional Training placement, which available for all of our students during their third year.

This provides an opportunity to apply all the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your first two years of study in a work environment, and to bring your experience back to enhance your vital final-year studies.

After graduation, many of our students take up permanent posts with their Professional Training placement employer.

The Department of Sociology’s Professional Training partners include:

  • Showcentral Ltd
  • The Walt Disney Company Ltd
  • TVB1 (Hong Kong)
  • Magimix
  • Wigwam PR
  • Moving Picture Company (MPC)
  • Gloucestershire County Council.

The process of preparing and applying for placement jobs also significantly enhances your job-seeking skills, which come into play in your final year and beyond when you apply for graduate employment.

After graduation, many of our students take up permanent posts with their Professional Training placement employer. Our students tend to return to their final year significantly more confident and with enhanced career aspirations and prospects, so you are likely to be more focused, perform better and achieve better results.

Placements are selected according to your interests, career plans and location preferences. Some placements are paid, usually in the region of £12,000-£15,000 a year, and some placements are unpaid.

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

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

This course will build your ability to analyse complex issues and reach sound conclusions, which is highly desirable for a variety of careers in business, government or third-sector organisations.

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of media and related industries, giving you a valuable grounding if you’d like to work in media, research, PR or marketing. About a quarter of undergraduate students in the Department of Sociology go on to postgraduate study.

On successful completion of our BSc in Media, Culture and Society you might want to apply to progress to our MSc Social Research Methods or MSc Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research. A first or 2:1 degree classification is required to progress to masters level.

If you take the opportunity to complete a Professional Training placement, you will also build experience and a network of contacts that other graduates will not have.

You will graduate with excellent analytical and research skills, mastery of quantitative methods and the ability to communicate well. You will also have gained a particular understanding of the media industries, which will provide a valuable initial grounding if you wish to move towards media-related careers.

Graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:

  • Channel Planning Assistant, UKTV
  • PR Coordinator, NBC Universal
  • Media Analyst, Kantar Media
  • Production Secretary, Comic Relief
  • Social Media Executive, Hotelplan
  • Corporate Communications Account Manager, Surrey Police
  • Sales Executive, Global Data.

Find out more about the Department of Sociology.

Study and work abroad

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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

You have the option of studying abroad with one of our partner universities in your second year. Study abroad at other partners is possible for one or two semesters in your Professional Training year. These include:

  • Universitat Tubingen, Germany
  • CEU San Pablo, Spain
  • George Mason University
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • University of Virginia
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 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 of Technology
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Victoria, Wellington
  • University of Wollongong
  • Brock University, Canada
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

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.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Our teaching is designed to help develop your practical and analytical skills, as well as your theoretical awareness and understanding. You’ll develop sophisticated skills in the use of both qualitative and quantitative research methods as a means to analyse media, culture and society.

You’ll benefit from a range of teaching methods including small group tutorials and workshops, as well as lectures, classes and occasional screenings. The programme also utilises online module guides, a virtual notice board and student discussion facilities.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Programme leader

DAS R Dr (Sociology)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress

  • Pastoral/welfare issues

  • Personal/professional development and employability.

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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

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 modules section for more information.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD. 

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

Access to HE Diploma

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

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

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB. 

GCSE or equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

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

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
BSc (Hons) 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

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

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.

Additional costs

There are no associated costs with with programme.

Optional expenses

Occasional optional trips to London or within Surrey will be organised by the School which may incur travel costs - £60 approx.

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2017 and apply to the 2018 year of entry. Costs for 2019 entry will be published in September 2018.

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