Media Studies with Film Studies BA (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
Cinema is one of the most important components of the media, both as a form of expression and as an industry. This degree will give you an unrivalled balance of insights into the media, allowing you to examine how commercial needs and artistic expression act upon each other.
You will develop the skills and tools needed to devise and execute analytical, critical and creative projects, together with the cinematic vocabulary and cultural knowledge to place your findings in their proper context.
You will be well placed for careers in fields such as film production, academia and journalism.
What you will study
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.
Film Studies as your Minor
Cinema is used throughout the world as a means of documenting, depicting, and shaping societies.
Film Studies as a Minor will therefore complement any Major in giving you the ability to analyse issues critically and place them in their proper historical, international and cultural contexts. It is also one of the most enjoyable and stimulating academic disciplines to study.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BA (Hons)||36 months|
|BA (Hons)||48 months|
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 Studies with Film Studies placements
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
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.
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, nongovernmental and commercial roles.
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 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.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
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 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.
Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Choose three optional modules.
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Choose two SOC optional modules and three MFC optional modules.
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).
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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?
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.
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.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BA (Hons)||36 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|BA (Hons)||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
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