Media Studies with Film Studies BA (Hons) – 2018 entry

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

Why Surrey?

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.

Programme overview

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.

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 

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.

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.

Select your country:
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
BA (Hons) 3 years P304 View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 4 years P303 View KIS data set

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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.

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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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