Media, Culture and Society BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

One of the reasons I chose to come to Surrey was because the degree programme was very highly ranked within the university league tables for my discipline. What I found most valuable was the ability to learn directly from lecturers who are leaders in their field.

Why Surrey?

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 impacting broader social trends.

Programme overview

Through our 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 key research methods modules and covering different aspects of social life.

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

Programme structure

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 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

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.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching

Teaching is oriented towards the development of your practical and analytical skills, as well as theoretical awareness and understanding. You develop sophisticated skills in the use of both qualitative and quantitative research methods as a means to analyse media, culture and society.

You 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.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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 with one of our partner universities, including the option to apply to spend a year at the University of Maryland in the USA in your second year. Visits to other partners are possible for one semester in your Professional Training year. These 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
  • Monash University
  • Swinburne University
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Victoria, Wellington

If you chose to spend time working 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.

We encourage you to develop your skills and experience in a work environment through our Professional Training placement, which is an option for all of our students during the 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.

Students who have completed a placement tend to be more focused, perform better and achieve better results. After graduation, many take up permanent posts with their Professional Training placement employer.

The Department of Sociology’s Professional Training partners include:

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

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 per annum, 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.

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

This provides an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills you have acquired during your first two years of study in a work environment.

Graduate prospects

Our degree programme builds 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, which provides you with valuable grounding if you wish to move towards media, research, PR or marketing-related careers. About a quarter of undergraduate students in the Department of Sociology go on to postgraduate study.

On successful completion of the BSc in Media, Culture and Society students may apply to progress to the Master’s degree in Social Research Methods or Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research. A first or upper second class degree classification is required to progress to Master’s 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.

Find out more about the Department of Sociology.

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.

2018 Entry requirements

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.

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

Access to HE Diploma

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

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD. 

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

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

GCSE or Equivalent English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

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

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.

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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.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

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
BSc (Hons) 3 years LP34 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years LP3I View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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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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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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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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